Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mike Williams excited to play in front of family again


Entering his fifth NFL season, there's still a lingering pressure for Mike Williams to perform in front of his family.

Now back in his hometown playing for the Buffalo Bills, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver is embracing that pressure with open arms. Not that he has a choice.

"It makes it a little more exciting playing in front of your family," Williams told BuffaloBills.com earlier this week. "You want to succeed in front of your family.”

Williams has plenty of experience running routes under the watchful eyes of relatives, given his stint at Syracuse under now Bills head coach Doug Marrone. The Williams' made regular trips to Central New York during that time, though he saw far fewer familiar faces the last four years in Tampa.

“It’s kind of like playing back at Riverside,” Williams said of his return to Buffalo, “with all of my family there and everybody there at every game.”

And maybe the biggest bonus of all? Getting to spend more time with his one-year old son, who also lives in the area.

"That was a big thing for me too," he said.

Williams, who hauled in 215 receptions and 25 touchdowns in 54 games with the Bucs, will jockey for position within a mostly young Bills wide receiver depth chart.

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