Despite their drafting of Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin in the 2013 NFL Draft, as well as the presence of Steve Johnson, the Buffalo Bills have still been pegged as a team that needs help at the wide receiver position. However, with Friday’s trade for now former Tampa Bay Buccaneer receiver Mike Williams, the need for a receiver is now gone for the Bills, as the team made the offseason’s most underrated acquisition by picking up Williams for the price of just a sixth round pick.
Just a few seasons ago, the entire NFL world thought of Williams as an ascending receiver, ready to make a big impact in the league.While things haven’t quite panned out the way they were expected to, there is no doubt that, when motivated, Williams still has the talent to become a great weapon, and with his new change of scenery, it’s very possible that he finally emerges.
Always seen as sort of a possession receiver, Williams steps into a great situation in Buffalo. E.J. Manuel, the Bills’ young franchise quarterback, needed someone to become a trusted security blanket, and in Williams, Manuel has just that. Not to mention, Williams is a solid red-zone receiver, as he uses his great leaping ability and hand-eye coordination to come down with the tough catches in traffic, effectively filling yet another need in Buffalo’s offense.
All in all, the trade for Williams was perhaps the Bills’ best of the offseason so far. Not only did the team pick up a receiver who could end up becoming a major component of their offense, but they managed to make the offseason’s most underrated move in the process.