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Bucs receiver Mike Williams: Single coverage 'disrespectful'



Bucs receiver Mike Williams was the beneficiary of quite a bit of man-to-man coverage Sunday against the Chiefs.

And when Williams saw it, he had one thought.

“Six (points),” Williams said. “That’s what goes through my mind. When I see man coverage, I think about touchdown. Not even just a catch. That’s like disrespectful. That’s how I look at man coverage. If you’re going to play man coverage, I think it’s disrespectful.”

One such instance resulted in a 62-yard touchdown catch, with Williams making a catch over the top of a single defender.

It wasn’t always this way. Before the arrival of Vincent Jackson in the offseason, Williams was the one drawing double coverage as the Bucs’ No. 1 receiver.

Previously, “I saw a lot of two-high (safety) zone,” Williams said. “If it was man (coverage), it was 2-man, with a safety over the top.”

Now that Jackson is drawing the safety, Williams is enjoying freedom he’s never experienced.

“Having Vincent Jackson without having a safety over the top, that’s like giving us a catch,” Williams said. “So, when you have to play with your safeties and put them over the top and rotate your coverage, I think he’s a big reason why (I’m benefitting).”

Williams has 15 catches for 332 yards, averaging 22.1 yards -- second-highest in the NFL among receivers with 10 or more catches.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 9:38am]


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