Mike Williams
WR FA
4 years ago

Williams' agent has been given permission to gauge trade interest in his client, NFL.com reports.

Williams was a healthy scratch from Sunday's game following totals of eight catches, 142 yards and one touchdown through the first five games this season. However, given Williams' unhappiness with his role as the Bills' No. 3 receiver, his agent has requested a trade elsewhere. Although Buffalo is not actively shopping Williams, the team will reportedly do its due diligence by listening to any potential interest the wideout garners.

Mike Williams
WR FA
4 years ago

Williams is inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

This is somewhat of a surprise considering he's the Bills' third receiver. Assuming it's not a late injury or a team discipline move, we'll assume the Bills want to work with options like Marquis Goodwin and Chris Hogan to give the Patriots a different look, as Williams hasn't developed much of a rapport with either EJ Manuel or Kyle Orton so far.

Mike Williams
WR FA
4 years ago

Williams had an 80-yard touchdown in Sunday's loss to Houston, the longest catch of his career. He was targeted six times, but only hauled in two and finished with 84 yards.

Obviously if it wasn't for the big play - one that kept the Bills in the game - it would have been another horrid outing for Williams. He saw action on 61 percent of the plays, which is OK for a third receiver, but on the season his 7/134/1 line with only 16 targets continues to keep him on the fringe, at best, of the fantasy landscape.

Mike Williams
WR FA
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Williams was targeted four times during Sunday's loss to San Diego, but only hauled in two of them for just 11 yards.

With just five catches on the season and no scores, Williams has taken a back seat in the fantasy realm to Sammy Watkins, and to a lesser extent Robert Woods. He'll probably need an injury to one of those two to start becoming a bigger role in the offense, though we do feel it would behoove the Bills to start looking his way more on some deeper, fight-for-it type of plays.

Mike Williams
WR FA
4 years ago

Williams had just one catch for three yards during Sunday's win over Miami. He was on the field for 26 of the team's of the team's 59 offensive plays, Joe Buscaglia of wgr550.com reports.

Sunday was the Sammy Watkins show, and even though Robert Woods didn't do much his 47 plays were far more than Williams. After two games and just three catches for 39 yards, Williams for sure has better days in store, but it seems like his value will come from mostly in the red zone. He's simply not going to get the volume unless one of the two guys ahead of him gets hurt.

Mike Williams
WR FA
4 years ago

Williams caught two balls for 36 yards during Sunday's win over the Bears. He was targeted three times.

The Bills - typically a run-first program - threw the ball a modest 22 times in the game and the one red-zone scoring throw went to running back C.J. Spiller. As for Williams' fellow receivers, Sammy Watkins was targeted four times and Robert Woods six. Williams probably has the best red-zone possibilities of the three of them, but there are a decent number of mouths to feed and it seems Williams' value will end up being tied mostly to any scoring weeks.

Mike Williams
WR FA
4 years ago

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 FA
4 years ago

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 FA
4 years ago

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 FA
4 years ago

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.