Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Williams Will Play Big Role in Josh Freeman's Success in 2013

By Ryan Heckman


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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a big year in front of them. Coming off of a season where they found out just what kind of draft pick running back Doug Martin would be, things look bright offensively. The team will also get to see Vincent Jackson for his second year with the Bucs and he will undoubtedly continue to play a big part in the offense.

Quarterback Josh Freeman is entering the final year of his contract, which seems to be one of the largest story lines in Tampa Bay and likely will be until the end of the year. He is set up for success in a bigger way than every with both Jackson and Martin as his top two weapons.

An often-overlooked option for Freeman, though, is fourth year pro wideout Mike Williams. The 6’2” receiver has been a bright spot over the last three years in Tampa and 2013 will be no different.

With Freeman needing to perform bigger than ever this season, Williams will play a key part in that. Jackson has already established his chemistry with his quarterback and will probably see a lot of passes thrown his way.

But, with much of the focus on him, Williams again will have plenty of opportunities to shine.

Over his three years, Williams has compiled 193 catches for 2,731 yards and 23 touchdowns. The former Syracuse product had a phenomenal rookie season with 11 touchdowns specifically, but has still been a great asset to the team in the last two seasons as well.

Williams gives Freeman another down-field option and has plenty of size just like Jackson. The Bucs are very fortunate to have the type of 1-2 punch at the wide receiver spot that they do. Freeman, with this type of arsenal, would have to do a lot of bad things to screw this up.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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