TAMPA FL - AUGUST 21: Receiver Mike Williams #19 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs after a reception against the Kansas City Chiefs during a preseason game at Raymond James Stadium on August 21 2010 in Tampa Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay's WR coach is expecting a bounce-back season from Mike Williams. We break down the fantasy implications.
Tampa Bay wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck tells The Tampa Bay Times that he's seen a transformation in Mike Williams and expects him to have a bounce-back season. Williams caught 65 passes in both of his first two seasons in the league, but last year had nearly 200 fewer yards and eight fewer touchdowns than the 11 he caught in 2010. Williams has been learning from veteran Vincent Jackson, who signed a five-year, $55.5 million free agent contract in March with the Bucs.
Analysis: The talk about commitment from Williams is encouraging, as is the fact that he will get to play on offense with an established veteran like Jackson. New Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano is expected to have a run-first offense and that could limit the opportunities for both Williams and Jackson. Williams is worth a look in later rounds of the draft but fantasy owners are likely not getting an 11-touchdown receiver like he was his rookie season.