Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:53pm
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports, via agent Hadley Engelhard, that the Bills will release WR Mike Williams from injured reserve. Williams was waived-injured earlier this month with a calf injury and reverted to injured reserve when he passed through waivers unclaimed.
Williams is eligible to be signed by a team now and he’ll remain eligible to be signed at any point should the season end without him finding a new team. That gives him a leg up on the impending free agents around the league, although his 2014 season may not have too many people lining up to give him a job. Williams was an occasional healthy scratch while playing in nine games and catching eight passes.
Monday, December 8, 2014, 6:15pm
The former fourth-round pick, who was traded to the Bills from Tampa Bay this past April for a sixth-round pick, injured his calf last week during practice, though that likely was not the motivation for the decision.
Williams famously battled with Bills head coach Doug Marrone dating back to their days at Syracuse together, which is why the trade was puzzling in the first place.
The 27-year-old, who had 11 touchdowns as a rookie and nine during his 2012 season, had just eight catches in 2014. He has been active in just four of the past eight games the Bills have played.
Sunday, December 7, 2014, 3:01pm
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm
“It’s a groin, and with those you’ve got to be careful, you’ve got to be smart,” Watkins, who hasn’t practiced since leaving Wednesday’s session early, said Friday. “You really don’t know whether you’re right or not, so for me it’s just listen to the trainers and listen to the coaches.”
Coach Doug Marrone said Watkins’ inability to practice for most of the week is cause for concern regarding his availability for Sunday.
“At the end of the day, you’ve got to make a decision,” Marrone said. “If you put a player out there, what you’re saying as a coach is that you feel 110-percent confident where he’s at. And Sammy hasn’t been out here, so I don’t know.”
Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm
Bills WR Sammy Watkins (groin, questionable) missed practice again Friday and is questionable for Week 10. Watkins is looking very iffy for the Bills’ early game against the Chiefs. Owners need to have a backup option in place in case the rookie can’t play. Robert Woods would be the best option in Buffalo, but Mike Williams would get a bump as well.
Monday, October 13, 2014, 12:11pm
Wide receiver Mike Williams was a surprise healthy scratch in Buffalo yesterday. It sounds like he would prefer to be playing elsewhere.
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that Williams' agent Hadley Engelhard was given permission to "gauge interest" from other teams to seek a trade, according to a source involved in the situation. Williams was not on the injury report last week, so the Bills chose to keep him on the bench in favor of Chris Hogan and Marquise Goodwin.
Bills general manager Doug Whaley said Monday the team is "not actively shopping" Williams, but confirmed that a trade was requested.
"If he gets me compensation worthy of a No. 1 receiver, which he claimed he is," Whaley said, "then we would entertain it."
Rapoport reported that the team needed more help on special teams Sunday because of injuries, so Williams wasn't active. Williams was a surprise first-team starter in the team's first preseason game with Robert Woods moved to the second team. But since then, Woods has taken over as the team's WR2 opposite Sammy Watkins. As the story goes on to say: it's hard to imagine Williams having any market. He's due $5.2 million guaranteed next year, which is a huge number for a guy that has 358 yards in 11 games since the start of the 2013 season. Williams isn't going anywhere; he's a sunk cost for Buffalo.
Monday, October 6, 2014, 12:28pm
The most intriguing part of Sunday's game, from a playing-time perspective, was Bills WR Mike Williams not being the exclusive third option at receiver. Until this point, we've seen little of Goodwin in the offense and even less of Hogan. But the Bills shuffled all three of those players through as their third receiver against the Lions.
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30pm
After a quiet preseason, Robert Woods surprisingly received the start over Mike Williams in Sunday's win over the Bears and was the Bills' leading receiver. While coach Doug Marrone said the Bills might continue to rotate receivers behind Sammy Watkins, Woods and quarterback EJ Manuel were the last two players off the practice field Thursday, working closely with offensive coordinator Nate Hackett and quarterbacks coach Todd Downing while other players were in the locker room. That points toward Woods continuing to see considerable playing time.
One key here is that Watkins isn't 100 percent with a rib injury, so Woods may be picking up a few extra targets that would otherwise go to the talented rookie. It isn't a great matchup, but Woods is a decent desperation play.
Monday, August 18, 2014, 11:49am
A wealth of new talent at wide receiver has been getting a good deal of the headlines at Bills training camp. Despite the addition of receivers like Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams along with the emergence of fellow second year WR Chris Hogan, Robert Woods is leading the team in receiving through the team’s first three preseason contests.
Simply put when it’s come to game time, Robert Woods has been at the forefront of the passing game. More importantly Woods’ consistency has earned the trust of QB EJ Manuel during some of the game’s most critical moments.
“It’s big,” said Woods. “Just trying to be consistent and make the most plays on the field when I have the opportunity to. There are catches here and there, but as a wide receiver I just want to keep making those plays all game. I’m just trying to show my consistency and show the coaches I can do that every down.”
The new talent has had a positive impact on the passing game. Woods, who started each of the 14 games he played in last year, has yet to start in any of the preseason games. Nevertheless he leads the team with 11 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown to lead the receiving corps. Not starting has not shaken Manuel’s confidence that Woods will be on the field with the rest of the first team when the games count.
Woods was dropped to the second team in a surprise move when the Bills played the Giants back on Hall of Fame weekend. He's continued with the second team as Mike Williams moved to the first team. Woods will likely still see time as a WR3, but with Watkins suffering a rib injury, that time could increase.
The good news? The ribs are not broken. The bad news? The ribs are still bruised.
The team announced after the game that it’s only a bruise, according to the Buffalo News.
Coach Doug Marrone specifically used the term “contusion” when describing the injury, which is the same thing as a bruise but sounds fancier. The Bills won’t be very fancy if the injury slows Watkins down into the regular season.
“Only a bruise” sounds better than “broken,” but anyone who has had bruised ribs knows that running, walking, moving, and/or breathing can be quite painful while the bruise heals, the story pointed out. If Watkins misses time, it looks like Robert Woods, who was expected to be starter but appears to have lost his job to Mike Williams, would start opposite Williams. The good news is Watkins has three weeks to get ready for Week 1.
Friday, August 15, 2014, 11:56am
Bills WR Mike Williams has come on strong in training camp and is the No. 2 receiver. That was Robert Woods' role last season, but now Woods is locked in a battle with Chris Hogan to round out Manuel's top trio of pass-catchers.
Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:21pm
Buffalo’s other starting receiver (Mike Williams) took a little longer to get warmed up, but once he did it was tough for the Steelers’ defensive backs to come up with a way to stop him. Whether he was shielding the DB from the ball, out jumping a DB for a ball or getting separation, Williams was making plays for Manuel.
He caught four passes during the team portions of practice, which mainly worked against the edges of the Pittsburgh defense.
Williams has seemingly passed Robert Woods on the depth chart, meaning that he could be fantasy relevant this season.
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