By Bryan Rose
April 08, 2014

Bills receiver Mike Williams admits he needs to 'grow up'Mike Williams will be reunited with his college coach Doug Marrone in Buffalo. (Brian Blanco/AP)

When motivated and focused, Mike Williams is among the better wide receivers in the NFL, but Williams can just as easily wander mentally at times, concerned with what's going on off the field as opposed to on it.

That inconsistency led to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers recently parting ways with the 26-year-old, trading him to the Buffalo Bills for a sixth-round pick in this year's draft.

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For Tampa Bay, the move was a way to wash the team's hands of a frustrating talent, but for Buffalo, the trade brought the opportunity to secure a talented but flawed player on the cheap. Now it's up to Williams himself to prove the Bills front office correct. So far, so good, as the former Syracuse product admitted he needs to 'grow up' during an introductory press conference on Monday.

“Yes, I think I do need to grow up a little bit more,” Williams, 26, told The Buffalo News. “I think with me having a son, it made me realize things a little bit more and how important it is, and what type of future I have for him and my family. A lot of people are depending on me, so you’re right, I do have to grow up.”

Williams is currently dealing with multiple minor legal incidents from earlier this offseason, and once those are resolved, he'll hope to have those problems behind him for good.

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