Wide receiver Roy Williams has said it before and he's apparently not giving up on the theme: Wide receiver Mike Williams belongs on the field and not on the Lions bench.
"He's 6-5," Roy Williams said Monday. "Why would you have a 6-5 body on the sidelines sporting a new uniform? Just my opinion ... I think he could help us out a lot."
The Williams' are not related except by their role with the struggling Lions. They are both wide receivers, they are both first round draft picks and both have shown at some point in their careers that they can be high-impact players.
But that is where the similarity ends. Roy, the seventh player taken in the first round of the 2004 draft, is coming into his own as an NFL playmaker in the Mike Martz offense, coming off back-to-back games of 138 yards and 139 yards receiving.
Mike, the 10th player taken in the 2005 draft, has been active for only two of the Lions' four games, has no catches this season and hasn't even had a ball thrown in his direction. And, although Roy has stopped short of questioning coach Rod Marinelli and Martz's decisions, Roy believes the Lions are wasting a player who could help their young offense.
Marinelli and Martz have never made it entirely clear why Mike Williams isn't getting playing time. He admittedly had a disappointing rookie season. He was overweight, didn't work as hard as he should have, was late for meetings and caught only 29 passes for 350 yards and a touchdown.
All that Marinelli and Martz have said is that the Lions have a way of doing things and players who conform to that style will earn their playing time, thereby leaving the impression that Mike Williams again might be overweight and not working hard enough on the practice field.
"I don't know how much harder you've got to practice to play," Roy Williams said. "He's done a great job in practice for the last three weeks now. I don't know. It's not my call (but) I would love to have him out there. I wouldn't say he has to be the starter, I wouldn't say he has to be the third receiver but he has to be in there somewhere, somehow, some way."
At 6-feet-5 and approximately 225 pounds, Mike Williams would have an obvious advantage over smaller defensive backs.
"If you ever watch his college highlight films, he runs a lot of posts," Roy Williams said. "Big body across the middle. All you have to do is throw it up and he'll come down with the grab. That's what I want to see him do in this offense, this offense fits him."