Williams Focusing On Nothing But Football

At the end of the Lions two-week minicamp last month, Lions first round draft pick, wide receiver Mike Williams spent some time with Scout.com's Mike Fowler talking about his goals for the upcoming season

(ALLEN PARK) -- At the end of the Lions two-week minicamp last month, Lions first round draft pick, wide receiver Mike Williams spent some time with Scout.com's Mike Fowler talking about his goals for the upcoming season and the pressure that he's placed upon himself to step into the Detroit offense and immediately become productive. Williams also talked briefly about getting acclimated to the city of Detroit, and the straight forward nature of position coach Fred Graves.

On how much of the Detroit offense he's learned since the initial post draft mini camp:
"Well, I've picked up most of the stuff. [I'm trying] to learn four or five different positions [but] I'm capable [of doing that]. I'm trying to do what I can do but you have your mistake here and there. For the most part, I can jump in there anywhere on the field and know what I'm doing, but like I said, every now and then you'll miss something because you get it confused with the other position. I'm definitely a lot further along than the first time I was here."

On getting comfortable with the city of Detroit:
"The only thing I'm really concerned about getting comfortable with is the football part of it. Detroit is not....(laughs)... I don't want to make anybody mad, so I'll just say Detroit is wonderful and it's going to take a while for me to feel it out. It really isn't that important, honestly, I mean you come out here and put in your work. You come in here, [get] in the weight room and put your work in. I guess having fun and the sightseeing and all that stuff will have to wait until after the season because there is a lot we want to get done as a team and that I want to get done personally. Detroit is not bad, I mean the traffic is not nearly as bad as it used to be."

On Lions' wide receiver coach Fred Graves:
"He's pretty unique. I mean he has us catching bricks! I think he demands a lot out of our position group. Being around some older guys and working with Cris (Carter) and things like that, I think a guy who demands a lot out of his group is going to get a lot out of his group. We all like him. We all want to work for him. We all want to do well. We know that he's going to put us in the best position to be successful."

On Graves tough talking style:
"As long as he doesn't make it on a personal level when he coaches us; we understand the criticism is constructive and he's not doing anything to separate us or bring us down or anything like that, he's just trying to help us. He's a different [kind of] coach, but at the same time we can laugh and joke with him. When we're out here on the field, he's going to coach us hard. We're a young group and we need that kind of coach. If we had a "relaxed" coach, it's kind of hard to push yourself to be at your highest level you can play. We have him to do that for us."

On his goals for camp:
"[I'm] not really trying to prove anything, honestly. I think from guys that I've listened to over the years and guys I've worked with, the whole thing is how hard you work when you're not around everybody else. That's not to say I'm the hardest worker out here or first in line for the drills, but I evaluate myself, I'm my hardest critic. I know when I've had a good day and when I had a bad day."

On why he puts in so much extra work:
"You know when you're out here and you see the quarterbacks throwing routes to their coach, I mean, if you're a receiver, you should just go over there and jump in and catch the ball. Someone in my situation, I cannot get enough work. I think I have to do more than everybody else. I think it's kind of silently expected of me to do more than everybody else. That's nothing I'm going to shy away from because I want to do well. I'm in a situation that if I don't do well, it could get ugly realy quick. That's pressure that I don't have a problem with, but you know, hopefully the work that you're putting in here pays off in one way or another."

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