Raiders waive bye to Williams

Mike Williams

The reclamation project is officially over. Once seen as an ultra talented prospect at USC, Mike Williams has busted out with the Raiders and the NFL.

After being forced out of Detroit by a lack of production and the Lions continually picking up more receivers, Mike Williams was given a hint of life with a familiar face, playing for Lane Kiffin.

The same man who signed him to USC couldn't save him anymore. Williams had just seven catches for 90 yards this season and couldn't come up with a reception that could have turned a loss into a win.

"It was a drop," said Williams. "I was trying to run and it was a drop. It's a situation that you want to be in as a player and it just didn't work out. It was a drop.

"On my end, it just wasn't executed."

The former first-round pick faced the hangman two days later.

In recent weeks, the Raiders have brought in close to 20 wide receivers for tryouts. It was apparent they wanted an upgrade prior to this but the drop sealed his fate.

Tim Dwight has been signed by the club but it is unclear whether he will be in line to see repetitions in the slot or whether he was signed solely to work special teams as a returner.

The Raiders also released wide receiver P.K. Sam from the practice squad.

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