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Bucs expect progress from WR Williams

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

The bar has been raised for Buccaneers WR Mike Williams after his impressive rookie season. That was made very clear after Tampa Bay's preseason loss to the Patriots. Head Coach Raheem Morris was disappointed in his receivers, and especially Williams, for not winning battles in press coverage against New England's cornerbacks. Morris aired his frustration publicly and personally to Williams in private. There are some question marks in the receiver corps with Arrelious Benn returning from ACL surgery, and the Bucs can't afford to have Williams make a habit of struggling to get open. We're hearing, however, that Williams looked great throughout training camp and seemed to be picking up where he left off last season. He led all rookie receivers in receptions (65) yards (964) and touchdowns with 11, which tied for fourth most in the league. Morris wants to guard against members of his young team growing complacent, and he'd like to see Williams set an example.

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