Roy on Mike: "This offense fits him"

Detroit Lions' wide receiver Roy Williams has said it before and he's apparently not giving up on the theme: Former 10th overall pick and fellow receiver Mike Williams (left) belongs on the field and not on the Lions bench. Williams' strong comments, plus more player news and notes inside.

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."

NOTEBOOK:

  • LG Rick DeMulling got praise from Lions coach Ron Marinelli after the team's 41-34 loss Sunday at St. Louis. DeMulling was pressed into starting duty by a lingering hamstring injury to projected starter Ross Verba. With DeMulling and rookie RT Jonathan Scott in the lineup, however, the Lions offense has progressed nicely. They had 370 yards total offense as well as 34 points against the Rams.
  • OG Frank Davis, a rookie playing on the special teams, spent the night in a St. Louis hospital after being hurt and briefly stunned in the team's 41-34 loss Sunday to the Rams. Davis was in pain and apparently suffered a stinger in the collision, which occurred as the Lions returned the second half kickoff. Coach Rod Marinelli said Davis was not seriously injured.
  • CB Fernando Bryant sat out the Lions' 41-34 loss Sunday at St. Louis with an ankle injury he suffered in the second game of the season. Bryant missed much of the past two weeks of practice due to a death in the family and is still nursing the ankle injury so his status for the Lions game at Minnesota is in doubt.
  • CB Dre' Bly has gone longer without an interception at the start of a season -- four games -- than at any other time in his four seasons with the Lions. He had interceptions in each of his first three games in 2003, had two interceptions in his fourth start in 2004 (although he missed three starts with an injury before returning to duty) and he had two interceptions in his fourth game last year.
  • SS Daniel Bullocks, in his second start in place of injured veteran Kenoy Kennedy, has started to show some of the hitting ability that made him attractive to the Lions with their second-round pick in the NFL draft in April. Bullocks was in on eight tackles in the 42-34 loss to St. Louis and delivered vicious hits on at least two plays.

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