As a rookie, Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams caught 65 passes for a team-high 964 yards and 11 touchdowns. The fourth-round pick out of Syracuse followed that up by catching another 65 passes, but was less productive with 771 yards and three touchdowns, including just two in the final 15 weeks of the season.
The Buccaneers signed Vincent Jackson to a five-year, $55.5 million to take some pressure off of Williams and provide veteran leadership to the group as a whole. And Williams is already picking up some good habits from Jackson, reports Scott Reynolds of PewterReport.com
"(Jackson is about) getting all the extra work in," Williams said. "You get off field, you watch a little film, and you go home. That's not Vincent. You get off the field, watch a little film, and he makes you watch a little bit more film. He makes you watch yourself and watch what the defender is doing to you. That's kind of what I learned from him that you have to keep evaluating yourself and evaluating other players, too."
According to Reynolds, Williams will be moving to flanker, but the receiver says he'll be moved all over the offense. Williams also said that he, Jackson and the some of the other receivers will meet with quarterback Josh Freeman for a passing camp prior to reporting back to Tampa for training camp in late July.
"Me and Josh have always had good timing. It is really good," Williams said. "We said a couple weeks and then we're right back working. We will take a couple weeks off then we're back getting timing down and learning the play book even more."