This is a play you don’t usually see from two guys playing in their fifth season together, let alone their first exhibition game.
Facing third-and-3 in the first quarter Saturday night against the Miami Dolphins, second-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman(notes) looked to his right to see rookie wide receiver Mike Williams lined up against cornerback Vontae Davis(notes).
Davis was in Williams’ face, trying hard to tie up Williams and take away any short throw. As Freeman and Williams looked at each other, they silently decided it was time to take a little gamble.
Williams went over the top, running a 30-yard fade route to the right sideline. Give Davis credit, he hung tough with Williams all the way as Freeman fired a high-arcing pass – a “trash can” throw, in football terms, where the quarterback seemingly tries to land the toss in an imaginary waste basket at the other end.
Williams has late-round value, and while he may not be an every week starter at all this season, he could be used in certain matchups. Look for him to progress as the season moves along, too. He's ranked 50th at 4for4 right now, but has been moving up. His ADP is the 18th round.