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Morning links: Williams the playmaker

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 27, 2011 at 8:03 am with 13 Comments »
August 27, 2011 8:03 am
Seattle Seahawks receiver Mike Williams. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

In my story today, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams says he’s ready to build on last year’s 65-catch performance with another strong campaign this season.

The weight issues appear to be something of the past – Williams looks trim at 6-5, 235 pounds. But what he’d like to eliminate is the drops.

Williams finished among the league leaders with seven drops last year. And a couple of those came in critical situations – a potential touchdown with his team down 13-0 in the third quarter against Oakland, and another possible score against the New York Giants in the opening half with Seattle trailing 21-0 and reserve quarterback Charlie Whitehurst starting his first game.

That pass bounced off Williams’ hands and helmet and into the hands of Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas, halting a drive in an eventual 41-7 rout by New York.

But perhaps Williams’ biggest no-show came in a 35-24 NFC playoff loss at Chicago, where Seattle’s go-to receiver was targeted 13 times but finished with just four receptions for 15 yards. He did catch two short touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, but that was after the game had long since been decided.

“Right now my goals are to eliminate the drops, and break a tackle and turn these 10-yard catches into big plays,” he said. “So having Sidney here obviously pushes me to want to play better, and to not kind of fall in the background, so to speak. So I’ll keep pushing myself, and we’ll see what happens.”

Mike Sando of takes a look at the Seahawks projected starters for this season, noting that several did not play much in 2010 because of injury or that this is their first year in the league.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald takes a closer look at Tom Cable and his tough task of improving Seattle’s offensive line.

Clare Farnsworth of profiles rookie linebacker K.J. Wright, who gets his first career start at middle linebacker in place of David Hawthorne. The Heater is out with a knee issue.

Tona Ventrella of previews tonight’s game against the Broncos in this video.

Christian Caple of offers five things to watch for in today’s game.

Greg Gabriel of the National Football Post takes a look at the best quarterbacks drafted since 2000 in his quest to find out of it’s necessary to draft a quarterback in the first round for a team to find a franchise quarterback.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. includes Russell Okung among his fastest rising players in the league. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.

ESPN 710 Seattle’s Brady Henderson offers this write up from an Kevin Calabro’s interview with NFL Network analyst Bucky Brooks, who likes Seattle to win the NFC West.

Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle says it’s time for Sidney Rice to man up in this video link.

Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post writes that the Broncos’ starters will work into the third quarter, and that Tim Tebow could be the second quarterback up for Denver after Kyle Orton.

Morning links
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  1. I love Mike Williams humility in recognizing and hopefully improving on last year’s deficiencies.

  2. My biggest problem with Williams wasn’t so much some of those costly drops last year, it was the Bears game where he played like a giant marshmellow. He got jammed and physically owned by smaller CBs and he did not handle the contact well. I hope other teams don’t try that or he’s trying to improve that area in addition to his hands (which were his strength coming out of college). Still, with Rice on the team, it does nothing but good things for him. He was unfairly thrust into being a #1 type of guy last year when he’s really not a legit #1 type of WR. Now he’s not asked to do more than he can handle so it should be all good moving forward. I hope.

  3. Provided we can find someone to play slot well (Brandon Stokely type) the pressure will really come off MW, making him the hot receiver on a lot of plays this year. Of course that means we’ll need T-jack to read the defense QUICKLY and the line will need to hold up for progression reads.

  4. Yeah, if we can just give our QB, whoever it is, some time to throw – I’d say the combo of Rice/Williams is one of the more interesting WR pairs we’ve ever had on this team. By far the combo with the most size.

  5. Ewalters7354 says:

    Its just good to see BMW stepping g up and being a leader for this team.The man has really matured and I’m glad Pete gave him a chance.

    I also agree with Bucky Brooks,they just need time to gel and learn each other and they will be fine.I believe our defense may be really good on the low.Sleeper!

  6. Soggybuc says:

    I think with Rice/Williams and Miller we are going to see our slot receivers and backs wide open a lot. the big 3 are going to keep safeties honest and leave nothing but backers to cover everyone else. should be a lot of fun once the line starts getting it together.

  7. All I’m hoping for is a better run game and hopefully no major injuries in tonite’s exhibition game.

  8. I’d really like Obo, BMW & Rice to become factors in blocking for the run, too.

  9. Ewalters7354 says:

    I also am hoping to see some more blitz packages so we can see our corners in one on one coverage.I love what I have seen from Malcom Smith in terms of coverage.He is showing he can be a viable back up and maybe even a starter.

  10. freedom_X says:

    I am a bit concerned about Malcom Smith’s tackling ability. I like how he is around the ball and in position to make plays. I don’t like how he’s often unable to make them. The ball carrier ran right through his tackles a lot last game. Hopefully, he’ll wrap up better against Denver.

  11. Ewalters7354 says:

    Freedom,agreed.I believe he will do a better job with Ken Norton as his coach lol

  12. Dukeshire says:

    Freedom – Do you have a specific example? He’s made 7 tackles in 2 preseason games (his first two as a professional) in limited action and has looked very sound to me. Is there a specific play you are thinking of…? If anyone ought to be called out for being run through last game, it’s Bigby, IMO. Anyway…

  13. freedom_X says:

    I need to go over the game again. The 1st time I replayed it, I noticed 53 at least twice missing a tackle. Not that he was the only one – I wasn’t watching him specifically. I was just noticing all the missed tackles from the Seattle D.

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