Bucs WR Williams says he must step up for struggling offense: 'I'm playing terrible.'
Bucs receiver Mike Williams said he sent several text messages to coach Raheem Morris Monday apologizing for his poor play in the Bucs 48-3 loss at San Francisco.
Williams had a critical penalty, dropped a pass and lost a fumble against the 49ers. After five games, he has only one touchdown reception and is averaging 9.6 yards per catch. A year ago, he led all rookies with 11 touchdowns and averaged 14.8 yards per reception.
"I'm playing terrible,'' Williams said Wednesday. "To my aspect, I'm playing terrible. I should be doing a lot more to make my team win, I should be getting in the end zone. That's something I did last year was get into the end zone, put up points for this team and that's what I should be doing and I'm not doing it right now so I've got to get it together.
"Like I said, this week, you're going to see the old Mike Williams back. Like I told Raheem, I'm back now.''
Williams, a Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year finalist a year ago, has drawn his share of double-teams again this season. But there's no denying his slow start. After five games in 2010, he had 283 yards receiving and three touchdowns. This season, he 183 yards receiving and one score.
"From my aspect, I've got to play better,'' Williams said. "I've got to know that they're looking for me, they want me to make big plays. I've got to get open, I've got to say, "Forget the double-team, forget the frustration, get open, catch the ball and do what I do and that's make some plays for this offense.' That's on me. I'm going to get that together starting this week and doing it in practice, too. Like Raheem said, I've got to run fast in practice and I've got to run fast in the game.''
Williams confirmed a claim made on a radio show my Morris Monday that he had sent at least three text messages to the Bucs head coach about his poor performance against the 49ers.
"I don't think it was three,'' Williams said. "It might have been about six or seven. I actually called, too, and told him it was on me. I actually got the call and he said I knew I was going to get a call from you.
"That's on me knowing I've got to bounce back and get it together to my teammates.''