Seahawks Bring Size To The Wide Receiver Position

matt christensenContributor IApril 16, 2010

SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 17:  Cornerback Marcus Trufant #45 of the Washington State Cougars grabs the shirt of wide receiver Reggie Williams #1 of the Washington Huskies as he tries to prevent a touchdown reception in the end zone during the Pac-10 Conference football game on November 17, 2001 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies defeated the Cougars 26-14. (Photo by  Otto Greule/Getty Images)
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            Reggie (6’4, 215 pounds) and Mike Williams 6’4, 235 pounds) have a chance to do big things for the Seattle Seahawks. They are big and physical the kind of target Matt Hasselbeck has not had since Joe Jurevicius in 2005. Jurevicius proved that year to be Seattle’s best receiving weapon and led the team with 10 touchdowns, and led the team in yards in Super bowl XL.

            I am not saying that Reggie and Mike will be pro-bowl wide receivers but they can help out. Reggie Williams has not lived up to the 9th overall pick that he was, but he has had a decent career. In 2006 he totaled 52 receptions, and in 2007 he had 10 touchdowns, he also led his team the Jacksonville Jaguars in yards that year, and yards per reception with 16.6. Reggie Williams is known in Seattle for his record breaking career at the University of Washington where he holds all but three of the receiving records at Washington.

            Mike Williams however was the 10th pick in the 2005 draft by Detroit and has not had any success in his career. He has bounced around the league with Oakland, and the Titans. He also had had trouble controlling his weight and has been reported to weigh as much as 275 pounds when he was in Oakland.         

            Both of the Williams are considered to be busts however people have to understand players are not busts due to lack of talent, they are busts due to poor work ethic, a bad scheme, or because they were never given a chance to be successful. Ryan Leaf had amazing talent but was a hot head who thought he was great before he even took a snap in the NFL, David Carr was a bust because he was shell shocked and on a poor team. Mike Williams was a bust because he had poor work ethic and did not keep his weight under control; Reggie Williams was caught up to much in “bling” of a NFL superstar, and never kept out of trouble. Carroll can fix that he knows these guys; he knows how to reach out to players.

            Reggie and Mike Williams can really help Seattle if they ever decide to grow up, maybe being around veterans Branch, and Houshmanzedah will help them understand what they need to do. Hasselbeck is an upgrade over any Quarterback these two have played for, (Hasselbeck is far better than David Garrad and Jon Kitna) and he will try to keep them in line on the field.  It is clear the Seahawks are no longer the place for high character guys with no talent, Carroll is willing to take risks with players, he knows it takes talent on the field to win.

            I fully expect Reggie Williams to become the Seahawks number two wide receiver and pass up Branch on the depth chart. Mike Williams will have a chance to compete with Branch, and Butler. This could open up the door for a possible trade of Deion Branch too, possibly to the patriots.