Buffalo Bills: Mario Williams Caught in Transition Period

Greg MaiolaSenior Analyst IIJuly 27, 2012

July 26, 2012; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams (94) signs autographs for fans prior to his first training camp practice with the Bills at St. John Fisher College.   Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE

When the Buffalo Bills did the impossible and signed Mario Williams, change was evident for both parties. The Bills finally had a premier stud and top-tier player, while Williams had a whole new way of life.

Though Bills fans were dreaming of Williams crushing Tom Brady back in March, they knew Williams would need time to adapt to Buffalo before September rolled around. And right now, Bills fans can see where exactly Williams is in his pursuit from Point A to Point B.

First off, Williams is at a different complex for training camp. (And, yes, I know Buffalo is different from Houston.) While a Texan, Williams and the team never left the team's complex. What makes Buffalo great is that rather than the fans going to the team, the team goes straight to the fans.

So, of course, Williams wasn't exactly sure what to expect when he arrived to the dorms of St. John Fisher College. While some players came prepared with a PS3 or an XBOX, Williams didn't even have a television.

So while Super Mario may not enjoy sleeping on his twin-sized bed every night, he is at Fisher for one purpose. Actually, he was brought into Buffalo with one intention: to help this team win football games.

And when all is said and done, football ability is all Williams has to fall back on at camp.

This 2012 training camp is an opportunity for a new player in town to represent the franchise. The Bills signed Williams to turn their franchise around, and Williams accepts that responsibility.

The main attraction of training camp is actually somewhat familiar with his role. He had an immense amount of pressure to please fans after Reggie Bush was passed up.

So, while the main expectation of brilliance and the pressure to win remains, all other elements have been altered for Mario Williams.