The Buffalo Bills expect to be a playoff team this year and one of the key contributors could be a wide receiver the team rolled the dice on in the offseason as Mike Williams attempts to regain the form he displayed earlier in his NFL career.
Williams was let go by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a sixth round pick for the 27-year-old receiver who looked like a rising star his first three seasons before bottoming out with a 22-catch season with 216 yards and two touchdowns a season ago.
The gamble to effectively replace Stevie Johnson with Williams and pair him opposite first-round pick Sammy Watkins and last year’s second round pick, Robert Woods, could give second-year quarterback, E.J. Manuel, a nice trio of weapons to work with–if Williams shows he’s healthy and dedicated.
“I’m fully ready to go,” Williams said, according to The Buffalo News. “I trained this whole offseason. There was really no offseason for me. I kinda had to get my leg better. I had to get back to feeling like Mike again, like my mom always tells me. Today running that conditioning test made me feel like I was Mike again.”
“At the start of camp, just did the conditioning test and I feel real good,” he added. “I feel great. I feel I got an A-plus, if there was a grade for it. I feel I’m ready to go.”
Williams is not guaranteed of anything, but if he can revert to the form he displayed his first three years with the Buccaneers, the Bills investment of a sixth round pick will look like a wise one, and that playoff berth could be a reality.