Mike Williams came to Buffalo for a fresh start after some troubled, but promising years in Tampa Bay. The Buffalo Bills desperately needed a red zone target in 2014 after sporting one of the worst red zone offenses in the league in 2013. Williams scored 11 TDs in 2010 and 9 in 2012, making him an easy candidate for a low pick trade like the one GM Doug Whaley made to bring in Mike Williams. Now it seems that the pick may have been wasted as Williams is well behind his peers for now.
ESPN’s Mike Rodak reports that Mike Williams ‘didn’t stand out in OTAs and seeing him in action, there isn’t a particular skill that he brings to the table that is different from the rest of the receiver group.’ That’s a tough assessment of one of the few big bodied receivers on the team, but it’s also not unfair. Williams is already on a short leash given his disciplinary issues, but if he can’t bring a unique talent to this team, then there will be little reason to expect him to make Buffalo’s 53-man roster in late August.
The Buffalo Bills can count on Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Marquise Goodwin to make the team’s roster. Anyone after that will be fighting for a job, and that includes Mike Williams. If the former Syracuse product wants to make his old coach’s roster, he’ll need to step up his game and show head coach Doug Marrone and the Bills staff something they haven’t yet seen.