Mike Williams (wide receiver, born 1987)

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Mike Williams
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Williams in the 2012 NFL season.
No. 19     Buffalo Bills
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-05-18) May 18, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: Buffalo, New York
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
High school: Buffalo (NY) Riverside
College: Syracuse
NFL Draft: 2010 / Round: 4 / Pick: 101
Debuted in 2010 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • All-Big East Second Team selection (2007)
  • Led all rookies with 65 receptions for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns (2010 season)
  • Buccaneers franchise record for most receiving touchdowns in a single season (11)
Career NFL statistics as of 2013
Receptions 215
Receiving Yards 2,947
Receiving TDs 25
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Anthony "Mike" Williams (born May 18, 1987) is an American football wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played college football at Syracuse.

Early years[edit]

Williams attended Riverside Institute of Technology. As a senior he had 970 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns on offense and 35 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

College career[edit]

As a true freshman at Syracuse in 2006, Williams made 24 receptions for a team-leading 461 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games. As a sophomore in 2007 Williams was an all-Big East second team selection. He finished the season tying a school record with 60 receptions for 837 yards and ten touchdowns in 12 games.

In June 2008 Williams was suspended for the 2008 season for academic reasons.[1]

On November 3, 2009, Williams quit the team due to a possible suspension following a violation of team rules after he was involved in a car accident with teammates, Antwon Bailey, Andrew Tiller and Torrey Ball.[2] In 2009 before he quit the team he had impressive numbers including 49 receptions for 746 yards and six touchdowns in only 7 games.[3]

Professional career[edit]

2010 NFL Draft[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1½ in 221 lb 32 ½ in 914 in 4.53 s 1.52 s 2.64 s 4.31 s 6.90 s 33½ in 9 ft 8 in 8 reps
All values from 2010 NFL Combine[4][5]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Williams was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round (101st overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft. He was signed to a four-year contract on June 4, 2010.[6]

2010 season[edit]

On September 12, 2010 he made his NFL debut against the Cleveland Browns, making 5 receptions for 30 yards and a touchdown.[7] In his first pro season, Williams became the first Buccaneer rookie to score a touchdown in back-to-back games since Carnell Williams in 2005. On October 31st, 2010, Williams recorded first career 100-yard receiving game at Arizona, finishing with 105 yards on four receptions and a touchdown.

Williams started all 16 games as a rookie and had 65 receptions for 964 yards and 11 touchdowns.[8] His 11 touchdowns marked a new Buccaneers franchise record for most receiving touchdowns in a single season. After his great rookie season, Williams finished second in voting for AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, and was a finalist for the NFL Pepsi Rookie of the Year. He was also named to The Sporting News NFL All- Rookie Team and PFW/PFWA All-Rookie Team and led all rookie receivers in the NFL in yardage (964), receptions (65) and touchdowns (11) in 2010.

2011 season[edit]

In 2011, Williams took a step back as his reception yards and touchdowns went down. He was still an effective starter as he caught 68 passes for 771 yards.[9]

2012 season[edit]

He finished the 2012 season with a career high in reception yards with 996.[10]

2013 season[edit]

On July 24, 2013 it was reported that Williams had agreed to a new six-year, $40.25 million contract with the Buccaneers that would have kept him in Tampa Bay through the 2018 season.[11] On October 28, the Bucs announced that they had placed Williams on injured reserve, ending his season and leaving the Buccaneers without one of their starting wideouts the rest of the way. Williams has been battling a hamstring injury for several weeks and finished the season with 22 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns.[12]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

2014 season[edit]

On April 4, 2014, Williams was traded to the Buffalo Bills, his hometown team, for a 6th-round draft pick, just one season after signing a contract extension with the Buccaneers.[13]

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