A dangerous weapon?

Mike Williams is still somewhat of a long-shot to make the Raiders' roster and he is trying to lower the odds against him.

Mike Williams had his most productive training camp practice with Oakland on Friday but it's more a question of consistency than anything else for the former USC star.

"It's practice, man. I don't really look too much into it," Williams said after catching three touchdown passes during the Raiders, two against cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. "It's all about putting it on film and showing what you bring to the table. Different guys do different things."

Williams was an all-world receiver in college but hasn't panned out since coming to the NFL in 2005 after sitting out a year. Weight problems have been the biggest issue. It was a constant source of frustration in Detroit and was a primary reason, many believe, why Williams failed to meet expectations with the Lions.

With Oakland the weight isn't the primary focus anymore but it isn't an afterthought, either. Neither Williams nor coach Lane Kiffin would disclose Williams' current weight but Kiffin acknowledged the Raiders want Williams to get down to 235.

Whatever Williams weighs, it didn't seem to matter much when he paired off against Asomugha. Asomugha led Oakland with eight interceptions a year ago but couldn't keep Williams out of the end zone. On the first score, Williams caught a pass at the 2-yard line from Josh McCown, and after Asomugha fell to the ground, strolled easily into the end zone. Two plays later Williams caught another TD from McCown, this time getting in front of Asomugha and linebacker Kirk Morrison.

The two scores came shortly after Williams made his best play of camp, an impressive touchdown reception in which he tipped the ball in the air three times before hauling it in.

"When he's right, he's a dangerous red-zone player," Kiffin said. "There are good ways to use him down there but he's gotta get better.

"There comes a point where either they buy in and they do it, or they're not here anymore. He's bought in. He's close. He's doing good things, some things really well. We just gotta continue to make sure that he's doing it every day and being consistent so he'll have a chance to make the team."


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