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Williams is one of just four players in NFL history to record 60+ catches and 700+ receiving yards in each of his first three seasons, an impressive feat known as fun with multiple endpoints. But Williams has been very good with Tampa Bay, and has the fourth most receiving touchdowns since he entered the league.Of course, that’s a pretty shocking development in many ways. As a sophomore at Syracuse in 2007, Williams caught 60 passes for 837 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 2008, he was suspended for the year for poor grades, while the details of his 2009 season are even hazier. Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone was the Syracuse head coach in 2009, and Marrone claimed that Williams quit on the team in the middle of the season. Months later, Williams had a different, if not entirely plausible, explanation of what transpired. Tampa Bay GM Mark Dominik rolled the dice on Williams, and it worked. Of course, even gambling general managers still must first complete their due diligence: “I believe as a scouting staff and an organization, we put the most time into this player, more than anybody, because it was that important….He was one of the 30 visits to this organization so we could spend a full day with him. I had multiple conversations with Doug Marrone, the head football coach at Syracuse University. And at the end of the day, I feel very good about this selection, about the talent he brings. And I wouldn’t bring somebody in here if I didn’t feel comfortable about it…. Again, I think there’s a balance between everything. This kid, when you go back and do your research and take a look about what’s really in his past in terms of any aggravated assaults. The only thing I can tell you right now is he had a speeding ticket….So, other than that, this kid did make a mistake in terms of what happened to the Syracuse football team and he regrets it. But we spent countless hours with him at the combine, here. We went to his private workout. Again, I don’t think anybody spent more time than the Buccaneers did and I think we’re going to reap the rewards for it.”Williams has turned into one of the best young receivers in the NFL.
And I think he has room to improve. I don't think he has reached his ceiling yet.
Quote from: The Anti-Java on June 25, 2013, 07:04:07 PMAnd I think he has room to improve. I don't think he has reached his ceiling yet.That's a damn exciting thought. The dude's three seasons into his career and he's already sitting at #10 all-time in Buccaneer receiving yards, #9 all-time in receptions, and #4 all-time in receiving touchdowns.It means very little in the grand scheme of things, but the statistics from Mike's first three years (including that God-awful 2011) are almost identical to Calvin Johnson's. They both finished up year three with 193 receptions. Calvin averaged a yard and a half more per reception, but Mike scored two more touchdowns.Man. What a find. At this rate, he'll end up being the best mid-round selection in team history.
If he never gets any better, he'll still leave quite an impression on the franchise when his career's up. He's our karmic reimbursement for Michael Clayton.
Take this for what it's worth. I know a guy who knows a guy who hung out with Mike in college. Supposedly he got a DUI which ended up leading to him leaving the team. Don't know if he didn't want to embarass the team or himself or what. Like I said, take it for what it's worth. I can't validate it. The way it worked out, him leaving Syracuse, dropping to the 4th and getting a steal of a player is all that matters. Touchdown Mike is the man.
He's our karmic reimbursement for Michael Clayton.
Quote from: Blaze688 on June 25, 2013, 07:39:59 PMHe's our karmic reimbursement for Michael Clayton.well said Blaze