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Bucs News Roundup: Joseph “I’ll Be Back In Tampa”

by Roland Johnson on July 14, 2011

Free agent to be, right guard Davin Joseph, who appeared on the Ron and Ian show on WDAE 620 The Sports Animal yesterday morning eluded to the fact that from everything he’s been hearing, that most likely he’ll be back in Tampa. It’s not a surprise, as the team has been steadfast in their desire to have the one time Pro Bowler return to Tampa. With Joseph hearing his chances of remaining a Buccaneer are increasing. It would appear, atleast behind the scenes that his representatives and general manager Mark Dominik have broached the subject recently. To listen to the entire interview, you can listen to the first part here and the second part here.

Jenna Laine, of NFL.com caught up with former University of Washington and current Buccaneer linebacker Mason Foster. Foster, a versatile backer who played both the mike and will in a 43 over scheme discussed the similarities between what he ran in college and what the Bucs run.

Rookie sensation Mike Williams, a Buffalo native is giving back, this Saturday. Williams will return to his High School alma mater to encourage students to get ahead in life. Williams who spoke at length with Mark Gaughan, of Buffalonews.com recounted when he learned he would be a starting receiver for the Buccaneers.

“The first day of camp,” Williams recalls, “we were in meetings and coach Raheem stood up and said, ‘All right, I’m letting everybody know my starting X [receiver] is Mike Williams.’ I was like, ‘Wow.’ He didn’t name another starting position. Everybody was like, ‘That’s a lot of stuff on your shoulders, Mike.’ Going through OTAs we really didn’t know who was starting and who was going to be in what position.”

“I came out to camp and the defense was talking stuff, ‘You’re a rookie.’ And I caught three pass plays in a row. I got hit real hard by Tanard Jackson one time on a slant. It was like I belong here. I’m ready for this.”

Williams’ TD total tied for fourth best in the league. His 18 catches of 20-or-more yards tied for eighth best. He says he’s determined to back up his success.

“People said I was going to hit the rookie wall,” Williams said. “I never did. People talk about the sophomore slump. I’m going to run over that too.

“I’m motivated even more. People say you’re gonna play better corners this year, the competition will be better, they’ll pay more attention to you. I want to prove it. All my life, I had that one year and people said I wasn’t going to do it again. In high school we won the Harvard Cup my junior year and I threw for more touchdowns my senior year. Same thing in college. They told me my junior year teams would pay a lot more attention to me and I got MVP that year. I’m just out to keep proving people wrong.”

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Erik Sabol July 14, 2011 at 8:23 am

I dig Mike Williams’s attitude, but I hope he realizes that one day, he’ll hit a wall. And when I does, I pray that he has the fortitude and mental toughness to break through it.

Roland Johnson July 14, 2011 at 8:28 am

Erik – I agree, eventually he’ll hit a wall. But if he continues to refine his skill, training regiment and does all the little things necessary he should be able to have a career that doesn’t have alot of peaks and valleys. But rather a steady career path.

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