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He was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the 10th overall pick in the 2005 draft, back in the days when the Lions seemed to use every 1st round pick on a wide receiver, and though he came in with much hype, he eventually was a flop in Detroit.
He had brief stints with the Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans before reuniting with his USC college coach Pete Carroll in Seattle, and much to the surprise of everyone, his first season with the ‘Hawks was a success.
He got in shape, and caught 65 passes, for 751 yards, and 2 TDs. While he didn’t get in the endzone much, that solid stat line heralded a return for the player who once had so much potential.
Last season saw his numbers decline, but his release today might have come as a minor shock to some Seahawk fans.
In 2010, he was the Seahawks’ most accomplished receiver, but that doesn’t mean he will be missed on gameday.
The Seahawks will be just fine without him for these reasons:
1. The Emergence of Doug Baldwin
Doug Baldwin had to be the best surprise for the Seahawks this past season.
An undrafted player who got a chance and took full advantage of it. You might think of him as the polar opposite of Mike Williams in that he wasn’t the most touted wideout coming into the league, and he had to work extra hard to get where he is today, whereas Williams’ work ethic (or lack of) has come into question in the past.
More of a slot player than Williams, Baldwin will still get his touches and add to the passing attack.
His 51 receptions, 788 yards, and 4 touchdowns will certainly grow this upcoming season, and there will be many ‘Hawks fans thinking, “Mike Williams, who”?
2. The Return of Sidney Rice
Wide Receiver Sidney Rice was a phenomenal force for the Minnesota Vikings in 2009, when he caught 83 balls, for 1,312 yards, and 8 touchdowns. While he hasn’t lived up to that in Seattle, yet, there have certainly been flashes.
If he could just stay on the field.
He was put on injured reserve in November of last year, but looks to be back this season with healthy shoulders ready to carry the load. If he plays at his highest level, he is a big upgrade over Mike Williams as an outside deep threat.
3. Two Tight End sets
Now that the Seahawks have two legitimate tight ends in Kellen Winslow Jr. and Zach Miller, expect to see packages with both of them on the field together.
This should lighten the load on the receivers, as these two tight ends have shown in the past that they can play at a Pro Bowl level.
Each one can handle the duties of a pass catching Tight End, and fans can expect a healthy competition between the two to motivate them both.
4. The “other guys” at Wide Receiver
The Seahawks do have other WR options that can offset the loss of Mike Williams.
There’s former college star Golden Tate, who looks for a bigger role this season. Ben Obomanu had a career high in receptions last season and could get a good chance to get on the field more. He just has to limit the drops.
Ricardo Lockette didn’t get a lot of reps, but when he was out there, he showed some flashes, he could see his role expand this year.
All viable candidates to pitch in with some timely catches.
Keep an eye on Lavasier Tuinei, and Jermaine Kearse two UFA’s in training camp as well.
5. The Running Game
Nothing takes the pressure off of a passing attack more than having a strong ground game going, and the Seahawks will look to keep “beasting” with Marshawn Lynch and the O-line.
With the running game living up to its potential last season, they Seahawks can rely on that as their primary offensive identity, and then go to play action to drop the ball into one of their Receivers or Tight Ends.
No, the ‘Hawks won’t miss Mike Williams, in fact, they just might thrive without him.