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Mike Williams admits he needs to do some growing up


Newly acquired Buffalo Bills wide receiver Mike Williams acknowledged today he needs to show more maturity to regain success in the NFL.

Williams was unloaded by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Bills last week for just a sixth-round draft choice, despite the fact he was a productive player for three straight seasons, from 2010 to 2012.

"Yes, I think I do need to grow up a little bit more," Williams said today, upon being introduced as a Bill. "I think with me having a son, it made me realize things a little bit more and how important it is, and what type of future I have for him and my family. A lot of people are depending on me, so you’re right, I do have to grow up."

Williams, 26, said he has a son in Buffalo who just turned 1-year old.

Williams last month was stabbed in the left thigh in Tampa. His brother, Eric Baylor, was charged with aggravated battery and domestic violence in the incident. Williams was approved to enter a pretrial intervention program last week to resolve misdemeanor charges of trespass and criminal mischief. He was accused of knocking a girlfriend's door off its hinges in December. Last year there were at least five 911 calls to his Tampa-area home Williams agreed in September to pay more than $50,000 in damages and deposits to the development.

"Two of those stories was actually made up," Williams said of his Tampa incidents. "They don’t want me to talk about the stories, so I’m not going to get into that. But all cases was dropped."

"I think one of my big mistakes is really trying to take care of too many people and trying to make too many people happy," Williams said. "Instead of me going out and doing what I have to do first, and then whatever after that."

Williams said he does not expect that playing in Buffalo, where he knows so many people, will cause more distractions for him.

"No, I’ve been in the league for five years," he said. "Even with me being in Tampa, people would try to fly down, get 100 tickets, this that. I learned how to adjust. One big thing is, I learned how to say no. Me being back home I’m going to just take it like me being at Syracuse or Riverside."

Williams, 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, caught 65 passes for 964 yards and 11 TDs as a rookie in 2010. He caught 65 for 771 and three TDs in 2011. He caught 63 for 996 and nine TDs in 2012. Last season he tore a hamstring in the sixth game and was lost for the season. He finished with 22 catches for 216 yards. \

He said he is thrilled to play in his home town.

"It feels great," he said. "It’s a great opportunity for me to get back to see my family. I always grew up a Bills fan. It’s like a dream come true. It’s like waking up and living my dream again. I feel like it’s a fresh start."

  • Andrea Urbinato

    Let's hope he grows up FAST

  • sarge

    Williams, in case you forgot becuase you have been away, take route 20, go east until you hit route 98, travel south about 5 miles.....there you go...

  • Jim

    Hope it works out, here in Tampa he acted a fool. Hope he does better in Buffalo.

  • Mike Weaver

    "Two of those stories was actually made up," Williams said of his Tampa
    incidents. "They don’t want me to talk about the stories, so I’m not
    going to get into that. But all cases was dropped."

    Fantastic grammar.

  • Greg Dischner

    @disqus_arylfbbkO5:disqus what does belittling use of grammar by any person have to do with said person having the ability to play football at a high level, as this person has done for a few season's more than you Mr. Weaver. Also @ Mark Gaughan, and any other journalist who deems it necessary to quote only when it makes the subject sound less intelligent. Why do you do it? To reduce the quote to a judgmental reach which usually sparks a racist comment. Reveal to the reader a players bad grammar and they will hazard a guess as to the race of the player. How childish, why not print what you know is the intended sentence structure? Hey Mike Williams, welcome back home my brotha from another motha! Hope ya get back on a positive roll man, good luck! Go Bills

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Vic Carucci returned to The Buffalo News as a Bills beat reporter in September. Carucci covered the Bills for 17 years before joining as a columnist in 1999. Prior to rejoining The News, he spent three years as a senior editor for the Cleveland Browns.

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida.