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Mike Williams | Wide Receiver

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/18/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 212
College: Syracuse
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Mike Williams had three catches for 46 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game.
Williams was E.J. Manuel's No. 1 receiver with Sammy Watkins sidelined. He secured three of his four targets, including a 14-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Williams is on the re-draft radar as a touchdown-dependent WR4/5. He'll open the season opposite Watkins in two-wide sets. Aug 23 - 8:47 PM

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WGR 550 Buffalo calls Mike Williams one of the best players of Bills camp.

Reporter Joe Buscaglia calls Williams' basketball background "evident," and says he's "found a bit of a chemistry" with E.J. Manuel in the red zone. Poised to line up opposite Sammy Watkins in two-receiver sets, Williams is back on the radar as a touchdown-dependent WR4/5.
Aug 21 - 9:09 PM

Mike Williams is starting over Robert Woods in Buffalo's second preseason game.

Williams worked exclusively with the first-team offense in Sunday's Hall of Fame game and continues to play ahead of Robert Woods. He offers some touchdown potential as E.J. Manuel's top red-zone option, but will struggle for consistent targets in Buffalo's run-heavy scheme. Williams is a WR4/5 in re-draft leagues.
Aug 8 - 7:37 PM

Mike Williams worked exclusively with the Bills' first-team offense in Sunday's Hall of Fame game, running ahead of Robert Woods.

Bills beat writers were adamantly projecting Woods as the starter over Williams until just recently, when Williams appeared to bypass Woods on the depth chart in training camp practices. Williams finished Sunday's exhibition with one catch for 11 yards on two targets, showing some YAC ability on a bubble screen. We're not optimistic about any Bills receiver providing steady WR3 value this year, but Williams will offer the highest ceiling if he stays with the first string. He's a superior touchdown scorer to both Woods and Sammy Watkins.
Aug 3 - 9:01 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Bills "have been very pleased" with offseason trade acquisition Mike Williams, who has "stepped up his game the last two weeks."

There was some question about whether Williams was a lock to make the roster during OTAs, but he's apparently turned it on in camp practices, even recently getting first-team reps ahead of Robert Woods. Woods is the tentative favorite to start at "Z" receiver, with Williams entering in three-wide sets. At 6'2/220, Williams remains far-and-away Buffalo's best option in red-zone packages.
Aug 3 - 7:23 PM

Bills WR Mike Williams said he is fully healthy.

Williams sat out some of the offseason program to rest the hamstring he had surgically repaired last season, but said he is "fully ready to go" now. The Bills will use Williams on the outside in three-wide sets and as a target man in the red zone. His touchdown potential could push him into the WR4 range in redraft leagues.
Jul 19 - 1:27 PM

WGR 550 Buffalo considers Mike Williams a lock for the Bills' 53-man roster.

That's provided Williams stays out of trouble between now and Week 1. That's not a given, of course, but Williams isn't entering camp on the bubble. He's the favorite to join Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods in three-wide sets, splitting out wide and providing a big target in the red zone. Williams could come into WR4 appeal in re-draft leagues.
Jul 9 - 10:10 AM

Mike Williams got some first-team reps in three-wide sets on the final day of Bills minicamp.

WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia scoffs at the notion Williams' roster spot is in jeopardy, saying the Bills "like him a great deal, and view him as someone that can make an impact on the offensive side of the ball." We tend to agree, even if Williams merely projects as a red-zone specialist behind Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods.
Jun 23 - 11:07 AM

Bills WR Mike Williams was limited throughout OTAs and minicamp because his leg "wasn't 100 percent."

Williams' turbulent offseason overshadowed the fact that he landed on injured reserve last Week 9 with a torn right hamstring. It's apparently not fully healed, though there's been no indication the Bills are actually concerned. ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak recently opined that Williams isn't a lock to make the roster, but he'll earn a spot as long as he's healthy and stays out of trouble.
Jun 19 - 5:09 PM

ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak doesn't consider WR Mike Williams a lock for the final roster.

Williams was one of Rodak's "biggest fallers" at OTAs, saying the ex-Buc failed to stand out from the rest of the receivers. Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and Marcus Easley are considered locks for the 53, leaving Williams to battle the likes of Chris Hogan and T.J. Graham for one or two spots. Even if he sticks, there won't be much upside here as a touchdown-dependent third receiver in a run-first scheme.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 8:48 AM

Mike Williams has been accepted into a pre-trial intervention program.

Williams was originally rejected from the program. It means his misdemeanor charges of trespassing and criminal mischief will be thrown out if he completes the program. Hopefully Williams can keep his head on straight in Buffalo.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 5:21 PM

The Tampa Bay Times reports Bills WR Mike Williams' pre-trial agreement to avoid misdemeanor criminal mischief and trespassing charges has been thrown out.

Williams now has a May 29 court date in Tampa. Beat writer Greg Auman speculates Williams' move to Buffalo may have violated the conditions of the agreement and been the catalyst for it being thrown out. Williams is still likely only facing probation and community service hours as punishment. He is penciled in as Buffalo's No. 3 wide receiver behind Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods.
May 17 - 12:55 PM

At his introductory press conference, new Bills WR Mike Williams admitted he needs to "grow up a little more."

Williams' departure from Tampa Bay was preceded by -- and perhaps caused by -- two off-field incidents in a span of four months. Despite his relative success in the NFL, Williams does not possess the super talent necessary for teams to put up with the off-field headaches. If he can stay on the straight and narrow, Williams will provide the Bills a much needed red-zone threat.
Apr 7 - 7:14 PM

Mike Williams (hamstring, thigh) expects to be 100 percent for the Bills' offseason program.

"I’m going to be ready for all the offseason workouts and things like that," Williams assured. "So I’ll be 100 percent straight for that." Williams missed the second half of 2013 with a torn hamstring, and was stabbed in the thigh last month.
Apr 7 - 5:21 PM

Bills acquired WR Mike Williams from the Buccaneers for a sixth-round draft pick.

Williams' name has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this offseason, and he clearly was on the outs in Tampa. In Buffalo, Williams reunites with Doug Marrone. Marrone coached Williams at Syracuse in 2009 before Williams quit the team that November. Williams also grew up in Buffalo, so it's a homecoming. In 2010, Williams led all rookie receivers in catches, yards, and touchdowns. He's not an explosive athlete by any means but with 25 career touchdowns and a 6-foot-2, 212-pound frame, Williams has been a reliable red-zone option. Williams, Robert Woods, and Stevie Johnson project as Buffalo's top three wideouts, though Johnson has been rumored to be on the way out.
Apr 4 - 11:21 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1E.J. Manuel
2Jeff Tuel
3Jordan Palmer
RB1C.J. Spiller
2Fred Jackson
3Bryce Brown
4Anthony Dixon
GLB1Fred Jackson
2Bryce Brown
3RB1Fred Jackson
2C.J. Spiller
FB1Frank Summers
2Evan Rodriguez
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Marquise Goodwin
3Chris Hogan
4Naaman Roosevelt
WR21Mike Williams
2Robert Woods
3T.J. Graham
4Marcus Easley
WR31Robert Woods
TE1Scott Chandler
2Tony Moeaki
3Lee Smith
4Chris Gragg
5Dominique Jones
K1Dan Carpenter