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rbedgood
10-31-2007, 12:38 AM
I actually thought Williams had played better in Oakland than expected...I didn't expect Pro-Bowl numbers from him but averaging 10+ yards per catch was a surprise from a guy who has battled weight issues and has been marked as 'too slow'. I think he'll catch on somewhere, and would fit in well in the right system...think West Coast offense (maybe Philly?!)




http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3087519

Former first-round wide receiver Mike Williams (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=7186), the 10th overall choice in the 2005 draft but a disappointment with two different franchises during his less than three full seasons in the NFL, was waived by the Oakland Raiders (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=oak) on Tuesday afternoon.
The release of Williams clears a roster spot for the Raiders to sign nine-year veteran wideout and return specialist Tim Dwight (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=4343), who recently auditioned for Oakland personnel officials and coaches, and who is expected to soon reach contract terms.
A former Southern California star, Williams was acquired by the Raiders from the Detroit Lions (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=det), along with quarterback Josh McCown (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=5967), on the second day of this year's draft. It was by the Raiders that reuniting Williams with first-year head coach, with whom he worked at Southern Cal, would resurrect the young wide receiver's flagging career.
But in six games this season, including one start, Williams had only seven receptions for 90 yards and did not score a touchdown.
Because of his youth and athletic potential, the 23-year-old Williams might draw cursory interest from a few teams intrigued by his possibilities. But he is unlikely to be claimed on waivers and, given his lack of production with the Lions and Raiders, it might be difficult for him to find another job.
Blessed with great size and hands, and the acrobatic ability to adjust to the ball in the air, Williams was viewed when he left the Trojans' program as a future Pro Bowl-caliber player. He petitioned to be allowed into the 2004 draft but, because he did not meet NFL eligibility requirements, was denied. The NCAA also denied him the right to return to school and so he sat out the 2004 campaign.
Still, even with the idle year, many NFL scouts felt Williams would be an impact player when he entered the league. His speed and quickness were always suspect however, and Williams has battled weight problems as well.
He signed a six-year, $13.5 million contract with the Lions that included $8.5 million in total bonuses, but Detroit realized little return on that investment. As a rookie Williams caught 29 passes for 350 yards and one touchdown. But in 28 appearances overall, Williams has only 44 catches for 539 yards and two touchdowns.
Dwight, 32, played with the New York Jets (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/clubhouse?team=nyj) in 2006 but was released in the final cutdown to the regular-season roster.
In stints with Atlanta (1998-2000), San Diego (2001-2004), New England (2005) and the Jets, the former Iowa star has appeared in 110 games. He has 188 catches for 2,866 yards and 17 touchdowns. Dwight has also averaged 23.4 yards and scored two touchdowns on 202 kickoff returns and has 176 punt returns for an average of 9.8 yards and two scores.
Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com.

hermhater
10-31-2007, 12:45 AM
I read that wondering why you wanted him to go to Philly and then it dawned me that this probably has something to do with your fantasy team?

What is the benefit to you if he goes to Philly?

Just curious.

rbedgood
10-31-2007, 12:47 AM
Nothing for my fantasy team...rather their system would be a good fit for him. I think the kid got jobbed, when he came out after Clarett won his initial ruling to enter the draft, and then he couldn't re-enter the NCAA.

hermhater
10-31-2007, 12:49 AM
I didn't know that is why he couldn't go back to school.

Did he at least get to go back and finish his education?

rbedgood
10-31-2007, 12:53 AM
He still got drafted in the 1st round and made good money, but sitting for a year really hurt his career, especially as he put on a lot of weight during that year.

The reason he couldn't go back to USC was that he had hired an agent...however he only announced for the draft and hired an agent because Clarrett had won the case to enter the draft early. Right after Williams came out for the draft and hired his agent, the NFL won on appeal. Leaving Williams in limbo, and neither the NFL or the NCAA stepped up to help him.

hermhater
10-31-2007, 01:11 AM
Talk about bad timing...

Whats with the weight issues?

Because he sat a year?

McLovin
10-31-2007, 01:16 AM
Hmm wondering, give him minimum money, bring him in get one of the vets (Priest Maybe) to train him and make him a returner. Send Drummond packing, then let the kid score multiple times on kick returns against..... wait for it.. wait for it... The Raiders.

Legendary

rbedgood
10-31-2007, 01:20 AM
Hmm wondering, give him minimum money, bring him in get one of the vets (Priest Maybe) to train him and make him a returner. Send Drummond packing, then let the kid score multiple times on kick returns against..... wait for it.. wait for it... The Raiders.

Legendary

If you want a returner...consider Jeremy Bloom...Mike Williams would be a good possession receiver, but too slow for return game...or bring him in and have him add weight and be TGs backup

hermhater
10-31-2007, 01:46 AM
He still got drafted in the 1st round and made good money, but sitting for a year really hurt his career, especially as he put on a lot of weight during that year.

The reason he couldn't go back to USC was that he had hired an agent...however he only announced for the draft and hired an agent because Clarrett had won the case to enter the draft early. Right after Williams came out for the draft and hired his agent, the NFL won on appeal. Leaving Williams in limbo, and neither the NFL or the NCAA stepped up to help him.


Talk about bad timing...

Whats with the weight issues?

Because he sat a year?

My bad.

Didn't read the first part of the comment apparently.