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Bills top 20 talents: No. 15 - Mike Williams

The Buffalo Bills went out in the offseason eager to add pieces around quarterback EJ Manuel in an effort to help him make the next step forward in his progress. They drafted the best receiver available by trading a future first-round selection, and, they acquired another wideout with past success but one that fell out of favor with his first club.

That man, who is both a Buffalo native and has once carried a lot of buzz with his name, comes in as the number 15 most talented Bills player. The criteria for the countdown is a mix of overall raw skill level, on the field performances as well as a certain projection aspect to it. Having a solid blend of all three, once again the list goes to the offensive side of the ball with this player:

WR Mike Williams

Age: 27 (5/18/87)
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 212

Why he's here:
- Williams burst on to the scene in his rookie season in Tampa Bay, meshing with Josh Freeman well enough to earn him 65 receptions for 964 yards and a whopping 11 touchdowns in his opening year. He followed that up with two more productive seasons in the 60-catch range, showing he could be a big target for the Buccaneers moving forward. Despite his height, Williams is a red-zone threat and someone that was depended on once close enough to the red zone. While he isn't necessarily the quickest, his ability to play outside the numbers and high point the ball is something the Bills haven't had. His off-the-field antics got him into some hot water, and ultimately got him traded away from the very team that was so impressed by him early on.

2014 outlook:
- Essentially on a one-year pact to stay on his best behavior and follow team protocol, the Bills can walk away from Williams if he doesn't hold up that end of the bargain or if he fails to make the type of impact they believe he can. The role for Williams still must be defined, but on paper he figures to come in on three wide receiver sets as one of the outside players, allowing either Sammy Watkins or Robert Woods to be able to play the slot. If he can provide a red zone presence it will go miles for EJ Manuel's progress. But since his role will likely be limited to that barring an injury, he falls a bit shorter than others on the list despite his raw skills and prior success.

Bills Top 20 Talents
20) TE Scott Chandler
19) CB Leodis McKelvin
18) QB EJ Manuel
17) DE Manny Lawson
16) LB Brandon Spikes
15) WR Mike Williams
14) ??? - Thursday, July 10 - 8 am

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07/09/2014 5:41PM
Bills top 20 talents: No. 15 - Mike Williams
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07/09/2014 6:12PM
why in the hell is mckelvin 19??? he should be in top ten
07/09/2014 7:16PM
Can't wait for Nos. 5 on down to 1
Carpenter and Moorman should be there filling two of them. LOL.
07/09/2014 7:38PM
re: cb
19??? You should be happy. I had McKelvin at #32 on my list. Chandler I had at #50 and heading to be cut before the season.
07/09/2014 8:03PM
Mike Williams ahead of Mckelvin and EJ? This joker of a commentator continues to display WGR's short sighted outlook when they replaced Paul Peck with him. He rambles in the morning and makes no sense when he writes. The Bills should ban him from the locker room.
07/10/2014 6:40AM
Why is there a picture of a twelve year old boy at the top of the page??
07/10/2014 2:12PM
some of these comments are ridiculous. you guys are like a bunch of little kids....seriously embarrassing.
07/11/2014 5:09AM
JB does a good job.
Joe Rocks, he writes well and I think he's pretty close with his projections. The haters on this page probably couldn't write an interesting letter, let alone a sports column three times a week. Keep up the good work Joe, the silent majority appreciates it.
07/13/2014 10:38PM
JB does a good job?
Are you Joe's brother? If anyone is a "hater" its Joe Buscaglia. All he does is rant about McKelvin not being good enough even though people like John Murphy and Mark Kelso say otherwise; as do the stats. And yes, I can write in complete sentences and I do know how to use words that are actually in the English dictionary. I don't make up new words in the morning when I am half asleep.
07/14/2014 10:36AM
All that matter is.
that Williams come in and plays like he won't to be here long turn. Leave that off the field stuff alone and get on with your career. And we know you going to stop that mess of the field. Because we know your mother and father won't be having that stuff. And you have a child and a future wife looking at you too. We use to play football with you too. So hey join the club because the ladies just not having that mess anymore. For lol how they say bro; what do you mean you can't take out the garbage or clean those dishes. You know you don't want to hear her mouth. For lol.
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