RENTON, Wash. – Mike Williams won’t say he’s frustrated by his lack of involvement in the Seattle Seahawks’ offense.
Through the first three games of the season, Williams has just five catches for 43 yards and was held without a catch in last week’s 13-10 win over Arizona. Williams has gone an entire half in each game without a pass thrown his way by quarterback Tarvaris Jackson. In fact, Jackson has more rushing yards (45) through three games than Williams does receiving yards.
“I’m not frustrated, I’m just competitive,” Williams said.
“I’ve been around enough situations to have my own perspective on things. I just know I’ve got to control what I can control. If I come in here upset and I show that I’m upset, or I practice like I’m upset and don’t work, that just takes away from me as a player. All I can do is continue to work and do my part,” he said.
Both Jackson and head coach Pete Carroll said, unprompted, after the victory that they need to get Williams more involved with the offense.
Williams experienced a career resurgance with the Seahawks last year. After being out of the league for two years, Williams latched on with Seattle over the offseason and vaulted up the depth chart to become Matt Hasselbeck’s go-to target. He posted three games with at least 10 catches and three 100-yard receiving games.
For his efforts, Williams was rewarded with a three-year contract extension in January.
Since then, the offense that Williams thrived in has disappeared. Hasselbeck is gone, the team has a new offensive coordinator and a new big free-agent signing in Rice.
“From a personal standpoint, as a player you want to continue to get better,” Williams said. “Last year was a big year for me, so going in this year I have my own personal goals and things I want to achieve, but that’s all secondary to what the team is trying to do.“I’ve just got to work, I’ve just got to continue to do what I do. Regardless of if the ball is not coming my way, that doesn’t mean I can’t run a good route and play hard. I’m trying to be a pro, continue to work.”