Buffalo Bills Add Top Notch Receiver (Not Who You May Think)

The Bills recently signed a great receiver. And his name isn't Sammy Watkins. No, many Bills fans don’t know how pumped to be about Mike Williams.

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Williams is from Buffalo, and was a standout at Riverside Tech on Ontario Street (he had 15 receiving touchdowns his senior year). But as a Syracuse native, I've seen Mike play for much longer than most Buffalonians.

Williams went to ‘Cuse, and led the team in receiving yards and touchdown catches—as a true freshman. He showed even more promise his sophomore year, racking up 837 yards and ten touchdowns in 12 games, and earning All-Big East honors. He seemed on pace to be the best Syracuse receiver since Marvin Harrison.

But Mike was suspended for his entire junior year due to academic reasons. Many players might have gotten rusty or lost focus after something like that. But not Mike Williams.

The next season, midway through his senior year, Williams had 746 receiving yards and six touchdowns—he was averaging over 100 yards per game. At the time, that placed him third in the country in total receiving yards (out of 125 teams). Remember, this was at Syracuse—a team that finished 4-8 that year, and wasn't exactly known for its high-octane, shotgun offense. Williams was just that good.

But after being involved in a mid-season car accident, certain events transpired— events that still aren't clear to this day. Whatever happened, Williams and then head coach (and now current) — Doug Marrone — had a falling out. And then Williams either quit the team or was kicked off with four games left; news sources aren't sure which.

Despite this untimely exit, Williams had shown enough promise to be selected with the 101st overall pick by the Buccaneers in the 4th round of the 2010 draft.

His rookie year, Williams had 964 receiving yards and eleven touchdown catches (tied for 4th in the NFL). He was easily the best rookie receiver in a class that included Dez Bryant. Williams started all 16 games, and would go on to start every game for the next two seasons, catching for 771 yards in 2011 and 996 in 2012. (He missed most of 2013 with a hamstring injury.)

Williams in the 2012 NFL season.

Williams in the 2012 NFL season.

Williams has been a stud in his time at Tampa. He’s big—6 ’ 2’’, 212—fast, and has huge natural talent. He had some off-the-field issues with the Bucs, which involved Williams throwing lots of wild parties. But that obviously didn’t affect his on-field performance too much. And for Williams to come to Buffalo, whatever happened between him and Marrone must now be resolved. Sometimes former enemies wind up being the most respectful friends.

With the support of local family and friends, and the pride and joy of playing for his hometown team, Williams could pair up with Sammy Watkins to be the best Buffalo receiving duo since Peerless Price and Eric Moulds.