August typically brings us rookies who are shining in camp and veterans working hard to make comebacks. This year is certainly no different in that respect.
There’s one thing that makes this year very unique, though. Two players who fit those categories are both named Mike Williams.
Mike Williams WR TB
This Mike Williams was rumored to be the No. 2 wide receiver on the Tampa Bay draft board back in April. They were obviously thrilled to get him with pick No. 101 overall.
He may just turn out to be their future No. 1 receiver.
The risk with Williams is obvious. He left the Syracuse football team last year and was suspended in 2008 for violating the team’s Academic Integrity Policy. While many people vouch for his integrity, it’s tough to just overlook his past.
Since draft day, Williams has done absolutely nothing but impress the coaching staff, though. He’s currently running with the first team offense in camp is poised to solidify his role as a starting wide receiver come September.
Tampa Bay has been extremely impressed with his work ethic, grasp of the offense, and ability to get vertical in a hurry. In fact, he’s already being talked about as the team’s most talented wideout.
If this Mike Williams can turn heads after just a week, imagine what the next month may bring. At this point, he’s clearly ahead of fellow Buccaneer Arrellious Benn.
Williams is moving quickly up the rookie draft boards in dynasty leagues and it wouldn’t really be that crazy to make him a top 12 selection in rookie drafts.
Mike Williams WR SEA
This Mike Williams you certainly already know. As a former first round bust, most thought his career was over after foregttable stints in Detroit, Tennessee, and Oakland.
Pete Carroll has given Williams a second chance and he’s taking advantage of it so far.
He reportedly weighs 233 pounds, a far cry from the 270 he’s weighed in the past. That commitment to getting himself in shape has resulted in a new ability to run crisp routes and has him showing some explosion in camp.
Nobody expects Williams to every truly fulfill the potential he had as the 10th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. However, he’s making a push to make the Seahawks roster. There’s talk he could even make a case to be the No. 2 receiver.
While this Mike Williams has nowhere near the potential of the other, he’s worth keeping a very close eye on right now. He could be a major sleeper in dynasty league circles and it’s getting close to the point where he merits a waiver pickup.
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