Jun 12, 2013; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks corner back Richard Sherman (25) defends a pass intended for wide receiver Stephen Williams (83) during minicamp practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

WR Stephen Williams Talks Seahawks Politics

Here at 12thManRising we’ve been highly favorable of what free agent wide receiver Stephen Williams (from Arizona) has brought to the Seattle Seahawks. Youth… check.  Physicality… check.  Speed… check.  Size… double check.

Since the arrival of Pete Carroll, it’s been hit and miss with the big wide receivers. Sydney Rice at 6’4″ has slightly exceeded some lofty expectations despite battling injury issues and USC standout Mike Williams was the only other successful transition onto the roster at 6’5″, frolicking to the only breakout season of his career in 2010,  but that only lasted… well, a season.

It’s not like high profile players haven’t been brought in to compete either. They just have not panned out. TJ Houshmanzadeh, Terrell Owens, and Braylon Edwards have all tried and failed to answer the bell. Which all leads into this comment by the newest 6’5″ receiver to don Seattle blue and green (and wolf-grey and white) when asked about how he feels about the opportunity to earn a spot in the rotation after being stuck behind Larry Fitzgerald for the first three years of his career. “There’s no politics over here on this team. If you come in here and you work and you bust your (butt), you’ll get the job.”

While that, and the comment by coach Pete Carroll earlier in the week that he “loves 6’5″ receivers” speaks volumes of the other guys who didn’t earn the job, it’s more a reflection of this kid’s work ethic and excitement to get a real chance to play, regardless of who’s on the roster. Williams was brought in for a specific reason and Tuesday Richard Sherman put that reason in perspective for everybody.

I think Steve is doing exactly what they brought him in for. He’s making the big plays, he’s going up and gettin’ the ball and he’s being a big receiver. I know sometimes you get real big receivers that play small. They brought him in to be big and that’s what he’s doing, he’s being a 6’5″, 200 pound receiver. I think that’s exactly what we needed from him.

With Percy Harvin on the shelf for a while, Williams’ calling will be to take the pressure off of Sidney Rice on the other side (or when Sidney needs rest) and make some of those big plays that the Hawksneed down the field. So far, he’s been a typical Pete Carroll “diamond in the rough,” and it would be great to see another receiver emerge alongside Jermaine Kearse to put a full rotation of scary receiving threats at the disposal of RW3. There is still some work to do for Williams to stick, but he’s well on his way to being that guy.

For the full Stephen Williams soundbyte from Monday via Seahawks.com, CLICK HERE.

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  • bobk333

    Joshua Davis wrote, “Here at 12thManRising we’ve been highly favorable of what free agent wide receiver Stephen Williams (from Arizona) has brought to the Seattle Seahawks. Youth… check. Physicality… check. Speed… check. Size… double check.”

    I could not disagree more.

    It’s amusing how easily Seahawk fans and media fall in love with speed and/or height and completely disregard a player’s skills for getting open and catching the football. Last year it was Ricardo Lockette and Phil Bates, while completely missing the talented Jermaine Kearse, who had the second best record as a receiver in UW history. Then after the season, fans were clamoring for the speed of Darrius Hapeyward-Bey from Oakland.

    Stephen Williams is Braylon Edwards with much less talent.

    Stephen Williams is a one trick pony, but oh my, what a trick it is. He is good at catching long balls down the left sidelines against scrubs — and that’s about it. His one trick garnered him so much attention in his first preseason with Arizona that Larry Fitzgerald declared him his heir apparent.

    Because of that statement and the attention he got from his trick, the Cardinals gave Williams every opportunity in the world, and then some before finally conceding that he was useless and that they were wasting a roster spot on him. Williams did absolutely nothing in his regular seasons with the team. After his initial overly-optimistic declaration, Fitzgerald did not say much positive about Stephen Williams.

    The assessment from Arizona is that other than running fast down the left sideline, Williams cannot run routes. He does not have NFL-caliber hands. He catches balls by waiting and letting them hit is body and arms, instead of reaching for them with his hands, essentially negating the advantages of his height. He is soft. He is a pathetic blocker. He can’t go over the middle. He can’t take a hit. He is no good for special teams. Like Edwards, he is immature. He is self-centered, always putting himself ahead of the team. The tantrum he threw last week when he got knocked down by Winston Guy was absolutely disgraceful. He layed down holding his leg for a long time then went after Guy, then went on and on and on and on about it. Seahawks, under Pete Carroll, are supposed to be the toughest, most hard-nosed players in the league. No other Seahawk would do what Williams did. They would have jumped up, sucked it up, maybe said a few words to Guy and then moved on.

    I could be wrong, but I seem to be the only one who has researched why he was cut by Arizona, which I think is an important question. The Seahawks have traded for players like Marshawn Lynch and Chris Clemons, who were languishing with other teams and were successful with the Hawks, but those players didn’t have the history of non-performace we see with Williams. I hope the coaches test Williams on shorter and intermediate routes, especially over the middle. I would love to see what he does with a high jump ball.

    • Trakar

      GUY isn’t the one you need to be defending, and probably isn’t someone that will or should make the cut to 53 this year.

      • seahawkMT1

        I don’t think he was defending Guy. He was just pointing out the immaturity of Williams.
        Thanks for the insight Bobk.

        • Trakar

          In comparison to Guy? not a viable or reasonable association. Don’t get me wrong, when Guy was first brought in, I was very hopeful that he might be a good candidate to join the LoB, but the lackadaisical work ethic, seeming low ceiling, not to mention being a pivot point for last year’s PED issue, have pretty much used up any good will he possessed for this fan. The only real problem I see with WIlliams is that he was stuck on the depth chart behind Larry Fitzgerald in an organization that isn’t as flexible or innovative as the Seahawks. Williams may not work out in the long run, but he has certainly earned a good, hard preseason look, and appears to be making the most of the opportunities that arise.

    • ewillz

      The simple fact that you wrote this long drawn out comment he must be doing something right. He’s in the NFL playing and going on his forth season what are you doing except for criticizing his play. If he has a monster season you will probably be the first one riding his jock have a seat please.

  • DanTay111

    Read this and immediately stopped reading.

    – Sydney Rice at 6’4″ has slightly exceeded some lofty expectations despite battling injury issues and USC standout Mike Williams was the only other successful transition onto the roster at 6’5″, –

    His name is Sidney Rice, not Sydney. Learn about it! Can’t even spell his name right, lost credibility. Right there and then.

    • George Jetson

      C’mon. That’s an easy mistake. You can disagree with the article but to disregard it because of a simple (and understandable) mistake in spelling? Seriously?