Liking Mike Williams

August 2nd, 2012

Man, when Mike Williams burst onto the scene as a rookie, it appeared the Bucs may have had their best deep threat since perhaps Kevin House. That’s a long time, folks.

But last year opposing defenses figured out a way to take Williams out of his game virtually each week and he struggled. New Bucs coach Greg Schiano doesn’t like to talk about the Bucs’ past (well, he doesn’t like to talk much, period), so Schiano can only speak about Williams in the present day.

And Schiano likes him, writes Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune.

“Certainly, that last play he made (Wednesday), that’s an NFL play right there,” head coach Greg Schiano said of a touchdown pass Williams caught in the back corner of the end zone to finish a two-minute drill. “That’s what we need to be able to do.”

It’s something Williams, in particular, needs to do. After leading NFL rookie receivers with 65 catches for 964 yards and a team record 11 touchdowns in 2010, Williams struggled to find the end zone last season. Though he again caught 65 balls for a respectable 771 yards, Williams reached the end zone only three times in 2011.

Joe has seen Williams make circus catches in the back of the end zone before. He did it in his NFL debut against the Browns and Joe watched Williams duplicate that move in this spring’s minicamp.

Williams may be the key to the Bucs’ passing attack. We all know Vincent Jackson is going to get hounded by two and perhaps three defenders. How Williams can take advantage of this will go a long way toward seeing the passing game rebound from a terrible season last year.

Now, Williams just has to rid himself of that Grady Wilson-like beard he has. It isn’t working, Mike.

12 Responses to “Liking Mike Williams”

  1. legacy Says:

    Mike Williams and the rest of the receivers should do good this season

  2. Bobby Says:

    Quit hatin’ on the beard Joe. He does kind of look like he went all ‘Taliban’ or something though. Hey, as long as it makes him feel confident I say “go with it Mike!”

  3. robert Says:

    yeah, I’m liking the beard too. I do the same thing when I go through periods of working my *** off, makes a man feel more manly and focused IMO. gotta mix it up. + everyone telling you to shave just makes you not want to that much more. keep the beard Mike!

  4. Architek Says:

    Offense should be potent this season. Defense is another story. I just dont trust McCOy and that salary to become a force.

  5. lurker Says:

    i’d like to see a mashup of williams’ beard and underwood’s high top!

  6. Rj Says:

    I love the beard!

  7. OAR Says:

    Ain’t nothing wrong with an ole thigh tickler!

  8. George Says:

    Love that beard!

  9. lurker Says:

    i wouldn’t know what a beard feels like on my thigh oar, i’ll take your word for it that it tickles!

  10. Oahubuc Says:

    One more vote for the beard here.

  11. OAR Says:

    After dating the bearded lady from the fair, it doesnt make my knowledge any less useless!

  12. cannuckbuc Says:

    WOW! James House I didn’t know Joe was that old.I thought I was the only dinosaur left.