Post-Draft Outlook:COULD SURPRISE: WR Mike Williams -- The Syracuse receiver had a history of off-field problems that forced him to miss all or parts of two seasons. But Williams, at 6-foot-2, 221 pounds, is tremendous after the catch. Nearly all his problems were school-related and he gives QB Josh Freeman another big target.
A closer look at the Bucs picks: Round 4/101 -- Mike Williams, WR, 6-2, 221, Syracuse: Off-field problems forced Williams to drop but he is a first-round talent. - by The Sports Xchange
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10/12/14 - WR Mike Williams started the Bills' first four games, but was a healthy scratch on Sunday. Coach Doug Marrone said it was a late decision due to defensive tackle Kyle Williams becoming available to play after missing last week with a knee injury, and the Bills wanting to have three tight ends active for the game.
10/08/14 - WR Mike Williams, who saw his playing time cut to 26 plays against Detroit (37 percent of the snaps), has only eight catches for 142 yards and a TD. One was an 80-yard TD at Houston.
04/04/14 - WR Mike Williams was traded by the Buccaneers to the Bills Friday (April 4) for a sixth-round pick in this year's draft.
Williams made at least 63 catches in each of his first three seasons in the NFL but a hamstring injury limited him to just 22 receptions for 216 yards in six games last year.
New coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht were concerned about a number of incidents off the field involving Williams during this offseason. He was arrested, sued by neighbors for his conduct at a house he rented, and his brother was charged with stabbing him in the leg during an attack.
"We thank Mike for his contributions to the Buccaneers over the last four seasons," Licht said in a statement. "At this time, we felt this was best for both sides and we wish Mike well going forward."
Williams, who is from the Buffalo area, is reunited with Bills coach Doug Marrone. Williams played for Marrone at Syracuse in 2009 and was a fourth-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2010.
Marrone kicked Williams off the team in 2010 after getting into a car accident after the team's curfew. He was also suspended for academic reasons in 2008.
"Mike Williams is a competitive, tough wide receiver who has the size and athleticism to add competition to our receiver position group," Marrone said in a statement.
"We feel Mike is a player who has the ability to help our team improve. With regard to our time at Syracuse, I feel that is in the past for both of us. Today, Mike has an opportunity to get a fresh start to his career here in his hometown and regain his form as a productive player in the National Football League. We look forward to getting Mike into the facility and start our work preparing for the 2014 season once the players are free to report on April 22."
In four NFL seasons, Williams has 215 catches for 2,947 yards with 25 touchdowns.
10/27/13 - A problematic hamstring that forced Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams to miss the first game of his NFL career because of injury is now torn, The Tampa Tribune reported Friday.
Williams played Thursday night in the Buccaneers' 31-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers, catching three passes for 20 yards.
He did not indicate how long the hamstring tear might keep him out. And Bucs coach Greg Schiano offered little insight on Williams' status.
"He has a condition," Schiano said, according to the Tribune. "It's just a matter of can he play with it?"
The injury first surfaced in Week 4 against the Arizona Cardinals. After a bye week, Williams sat out a game for the first time in four seasons in the NFL when the Bucs played the Philadelphia Eagles.
He came back last Sunday for a game against the Atlanta Falcons and had four receptions for 32 yards.
Williams signed a six-year, $40.25 million contract ($9.4 million guaranteed) with the Buccaneers in July. His 22 catches for 216 yards and two touchdowns this season rank second on the team behind Vincent Jackson.
10/22/13 - WR Mike Williams was limited in practice Tuesday due to a hamstring injury.