Mike Williams WR BUF 5 Hrs

Williams is listed as the No. 3 receiver on the team's first regular season depth chart.

Williams had been ahead of Robert Woods for a spell, but that was more due to Woods getting in the doghouse briefly with coach Doug Marrone. It sounds like Woods and Sammy Watkins will be the starters, though Williams should see the field nearly as much and is probably the best red-zone target of the three of them. With all three guys having varying skill sets, we can see the team throwing out different combos of two of them during the course of the game, and obviously they'll be out there together in almost every three- and four-wide set.

Mike Williams WR BUF 9 Days

Williams caught three passes for 46 yards and a touchdown on four targets in Saturday's preseason game against the Buccaneers.

With Sammy Watkins (ribs) not playing, Williams and Robert Woods worked together in two-wide formations. Williams and Watkins were the duo in the first two preseason games, but Woods could challenge the former Buc for snaps. Though his stats haven't been all that impressive, Williams is having an encouraging preseason, as he has frequently commanded E.J. Manuel's attention in the red zone. Come Week 1, it will be interesting to see how the snaps are divided between Williams and Woods in two-wide sets. Williams seems to have the edge, but Woods has the advantage of youth and is coming off a solid rookie season.

Mike Williams WR BUF 16 Days

Williams and Sammy Watkins (ribs) started Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers, ESPN's Mike Rodak reports.

Once again getting the nod ahead of Robert Woods, Williams managed just one catch for 10 yards on one target. While his preseason hasn't been particularly impressive, Williams also hasn't done anything to hurt his standing among the Bills' wideouts. He's still the favorite to get most of the playing time across from Sammy Watkins in two-wide formations, although Woods looks like a viable threat to eat into Williams' snaps. Once you also account for surprising slot man Chris Hogan, the Bills have quite a few receiving threats for a team that doesn't figure to have a ton of success in the passing game.

Mike Williams WR BUF 22 Days

Williams and quarterback EJ Manuel have been developing a nice rapport in the red zone, BuffaloBills.com reports. Said the veteran receiver, "I always tell them there's a 96-percent chance�the other 4-percent is their fault. I always tell them, throw it to the clouds, I'm going to find a way to bring it down."

Williams has never had more than 65 catches in a season and if the Buffalo receiving group stays in modestly good health, there may not be enough footballs to go around to approach that number. That said, the Bills were awful in the red zone last season and Williams and Scott Chandler may be the only natural threats they have in close range, so perhaps Williams - who has 25 receiving touchdowns in four NFL seasons - can become Manuel's go-to guy in those situations.

Mike Williams WR BUF 24 Days

Williams started Friday's preseason game against the Panthers and caught one pass for 28 yards on his only target.

Though Robert Woods is listed No. 2 on the depth chart, Williams again got the start across from Sammy Watkins. With Chris Hogan also drawing first-team looks this preseason, the competition for targets behind Watkins may be fierce.

Mike Williams WR BUF 29 Days

Williams started Sunday's Hall of Fame Game against the Giants, and he caught one pass for 11 yards.

Mike Williams WR BUF 1 Month

Bills WR Mike Williams said he is fully healthy at the start of training camp.

Williams' sat out some of the Bills' offseason program to rest the hamstring he had surgically repaired last season, but said he is "fully ready to go" now. The Bills will use Williams on the outside in three-wide sets and as a target man in the red zone. His touchdown potential could push him into the WR4 range in redraft leagues.

Mike Williams WR BUF 2 Months

WGR 550 Buffalo considers Mike Williams a lock for the Bills' 53-man roster.

That's provided Williams stays out of trouble between now and Week 1. That's not a given, of course, but Williams isn't entering camp on the bubble. He's the favorite to join Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods in three-wide sets, splitting out wide and providing a big target in the red zone. Williams could come into WR4 appeal in re-draft leagues.

Mike Williams WR BUF 2 Months

Mike Williams got some first-team reps in three-wide sets on the final day of Bills minicamp.

WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia scoffs at the notion Williams' roster spot is in jeopardy, saying the Bills "like him a great deal, and view him as someone that can make an impact on the offensive side of the ball." We tend to agree, even if Williams merely projects as a red-zone specialist behind Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods.

Mike Williams WR BUF 2 Months

Bills WR Mike Williams was limited throughout OTAs and minicamp because his leg "wasn't 100 percent."

Williams' turbulent offseason overshadowed the fact that he landed on injured reserve last Week 9 with a torn right hamstring. It's apparently not 100 percent healed, though there's been no indication the Bills are actually concerned. ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak recently opined that Williams isn't a lock to make the 53-man roster, but he'll earn a spot as long as he's healthy and stays out of trouble.