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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Should the Rams take a flyer on Mike Williams?

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English: Mike Williams, a player (wide receive...
Wide receiver Mike Williams was released earlier this week.  Should the offensively challenged St. Louis Rams take a look? - (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ever since the St. Louis Rams drafted Sam Bradford with the first overall pick three years ago, they have had trouble surrounding the talented quarterback with quality, explosive weapons.  The Rams tried to address the issue in this past year's draft, taking wide receiver Brian Quick and running back Isaiah Pead in the second round and speedster Chris Givens in the fourth round.  

While the players the Rams selected in the draft look to be the explosive type weapons Bradford needs to succeed, they all are just rookies with very little NFL experience.  Their futures look bright, but how much can they contribute in 2012?

So, with the recent release of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams, should the Rams look to continue to add to the depth of the wide receiver corp and sign Mike Williams?

Williams had a poor 2011 after a breakout 2010.  Williams caught just 18 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown for Seattle in 2011, but caught 65 passes for 751 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2010.  Williams likely struggled in 2011 because of poor quarterback play in Seattle.  In 2010, with Matt Hasselback tossing spirals, Williams was much more productive.  

Williams has had a tumultuous career since being drafted out of USC.  He has had weight and attitude issues in the past and it is unclear if any of this was the cause of his release from the Seahawks. 

But Williams is huge.  Really huge.  He is six foot, five inches tall and 235 pounds and still has the ability to get downfield and make plays when he is in shape.  He could provide Bradford with a really big target opposite of Quick.  

If Williams is in decent shape, the Rams should take a flyer on the monster wide receiver.  He would be yet another upgrade over the rest of the wide receiving corp.

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