Williams was a surprise scratch last weekend, and was expected to be a healthy scratch again. That could change after receiver Marquise Goodwin injured himself during Thursday's practice. The extent of Goodwin's injury is not known at this time.
Williams, who has expressed discontent over a lack of playing time and has received permission to seek a trade, had been a productive player earlier in his career with Tampa Bay. But he has just eight catches for 142 yards and one touchdown so far this season. He has gained 11 yards or less through the air in three of the five games in which he's played.
"I always wanted to be here," Williams said, per the team's official website. "This is my hometown. It’s somewhere where I always wanted to be. I just have to fight to be one of the top 46 right now."
Williams said he was "disappointed" he was inactive last week, but added it has given him the incentive to prove to the coaches he should be active Week 7 against the Vikings.
"I keep on playing for the Bills, keep on practicing hard. Try to win scout team player of the week," Williams said. "I won scout team player (two weeks ago), I would’ve won it if we won this past week. I’ll try to win it this week. I was on scout team again (Wednesday). I didn’t change my routine. I got on the scout team because I wanted to be on scout team. I wanted to do it. They didn’t put me on scout team. I just wanted to be on all the scout team if I’m not going to be getting that many reps (on offense)."
"When that stuff happened and it went down on Saturday, Mike was disappointed as any player would be. But I thought he handled it very professionally, in my conversations with him," Marrone said. "I just heard about it coming down -- because I've been in meetings all day -- about his agent called. Mike hasn't communicated anything like that to me. I've had zero problems with him."
Bills general manager Doug Whaley said Williams' agent has called to request a trade, per ESPN. However, the Bills are not actively shopping him.
Williams, who is in his first season with Buffalo after being acquired in an April trade with Tampa Bay, has totaled eight catches for 142 yards and one touchdown in five games. On the team's unofficial depth chart, Williams is listed as a second-team wide receiver.
|8||10/26/14||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/13/14||@ MIA||8:25 pm|
|14||12/7/14||@ DEN||4:05 pm|
|16||12/21/14||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||65||964||14.8||58||11||18||2||44|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||15||65||771||11.9||42||3||9||1||41|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||63||996||15.8||65||9||17||6||44|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||5||22||216||9.8||28||2||1||0||12|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||15||1||3||3.0||3||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||5||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
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|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||16||1||1||100.0||28||28.00||28||0||0||0/0||1||0||118.8|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||5||0||0||---||0||---||0||0||0||0/0||0||0||---|
|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||3||3.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||5||5.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||2||2.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2010||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||3||2||0||1||0||0||1||0|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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