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December 9, 2010 @ 2:44 pm
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Williams Ranked Second In Dropped Passes

Written by Wolf
Wide receiver Mike Williams has had one of the best rookie seasons in Tampa Bay history and is a big reason why the 7-5 Bucs are in the playoff hunt right now. However, he has struggled to hang onto the football and is near the top of a list that no wide out wants to be on.

Although he’s having a stellar rookie season by just about every measure, there’s one area where Tampa Bay’s Mike Williams can improve. You can pretty much bet Williams will be spending a lot of time catching passes from the Jugs machine and quarterbacks in the offseason.

Williams is tied with Reggie Wayne for second place in the league with eight drops. Steve Johnson leads with nine. For the sake of comparison, Johnson has been targeted 103 times and has 61 catches. Williams has been targeted 97 times and has 51 receptions. Wayne has been targeted 143 times and has caught 90 passes.

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    PewterReport.com's Take: Williams has been an absolute steal for the Bucs and is no doubt the best playmaker on the offensive side of the ball. The fourth-round pick has 51 receptions for 769 yards and seven touchdowns this. He has come up with big plays time after time, but the drops are starting to become a problem. Some of them have happened in crucial situations and Williams will have to correct that if he wants to become an elite receiver in the future. Not only that, but Williams has also had trouble holding onto the football once he makes the catch. He does have three fumbles this season and has lost two of those. As Yasinskas alluded to, Williams should spend his offseason concentrating on his hands because he has pretty much everything else down. If he does that there is no reason not to think that Williams won’t become a force at the wide out position for years to come.

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    Oh my. Dropped 8 out of 97 throws? The fact that Freeman threw him 97 passes says everything I need to know. They think he can catch. Clayton probably dropped one out of three. I am going to celebrate the good about this team and be patient for improvement on the bad. We need to more productive drafts and we will be a team to contend with.
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    I can live with a rookie being targeted 97 times and having 8 drops because I would expect it to improve and because the production is there (51 for 769 yds and 7 TDs) Like they said, he has work to do AND he needs to work on the fumbles.... although I saw them all and only one looked real avoidable. The others were not that bad because they were just outstanding defensive plays while he was trying to make something happen.
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    Uh oh. Mike Williams (rookie) is only human after all. We all know Rejus (rookie) is at least part human because of his slower adaptability to the pros. That leaves Stroughter, (last year rookie) my favorite player from said class who has shown superhuman characteristics with his spat with invisibility powers this year up until last game. That only means that with their powers combined they are ready to play as a bad *censored* team. Sign Raheem to a contract now and this team will make the playoffs. I am serious. Buc Powers that be if you are reading this (if I was the owners I would at least have a peon constantly scanning), sign him now. Make a statement. Make the playoffs. "If you build it..."
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    I'm curious as to how Mr Yasinskas tabulated his findings. He's in good company with Reggie Wayne. How about seeing where # 19 ranks in getting open and being in a position to be targeted.
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    No doubt Bucsfan x. At least M Williams is making plays. Something Clayton never did.
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    I would still rather have him than Clayton by far.
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