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Are two Williams better than one?
Receiver Reggie Williams was signed on Friday by the Seahawks.
All Mike Williams wanted was another chance.
The former first-round draft choice will get it, thanks to his former college coach and his own performance in the Seahawks’ just-completed three-day minicamp.
Williams, who played for Seahawks coach Pete Carroll at the University of Southern California, was one of five tryout players who have been signed, the team announced Friday afternoon. Also signed were former University of Washington wide receiver and first-round draft choice Reggie Williams; fullback Ryan Powdrell, cornerback Kennard Cox and guard Mitch Erickson.
The club also waived guard Trevor Canfield.
The signings allowed the Seahawks to get bigger at wide receiver – as Mike Williams is 6 feet 5, 235 pounds and Reggie Williams 6-4, 212; and add some needed depth at fullback, cornerback and the offensive line.
But the re-entry of Mike and Reggie Williams into the league was the storyline that received the most attention during the minicamp, when the Seahawks had 17 tryout players on the practice field.
Mike Williams actually talked to Carroll about his situation last October.
“I told him I had all the intentions of getting back in shape and getting back to football,” Mike Williams said. “He was vintage coach Carroll. He said, ‘Hard work is going to pay off. You work hard and get yourself in shape, you’ll get an opportunity.’ ”
But Williams never expected it to be in Seattle, and definitely wasn’t anticipating being reunited in the NFL with his college coach.
“No, he was wearing an SC T-shirt,” Williams said when asked if he thought in October that Carroll was NFL bound. “And Seattle wasn’t even brought up until maybe a couple of weeks ago, just in talks. They weren’t even a team that my agent was even trying to reach out to in the beginning.
“But I’m glad it worked out. I’m here. I like the guys. I obviously like what coach Carroll and his staff are going to bring.”
Williams was the 10th pick overall in the 2005 NFL draft by the Detroit Lions. After two seasons with the Lions, he was traded to the Oakland Raiders, but got released in October and signed with the Tennessee Titans – where his weight reportedly ballooned to 270 pounds. He did not play in the league last year, but checked in at 235 pounds on Tuesday for the start of the Seahawks’ minicamp.
“A lot,” was as far as Williams would go when asked just how high his weight got. “I’ve been fighting this weight thing forever, and I learned something from LeBron James. He gets the same thing. He never speaks on it, so I’m just going to be real general and say, ‘a lot.’ ”
Reggie Williams was the ninth pick in the 2004 draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he also sat out the 2009 season.
“I feel the three days went well,” Williams said Thursday. “I’m just learning the system and I think I performed pretty well.”
So did Carroll, who is hoping that bigger will be better when it comes to the Seahawks’ passing game.
“Historically, if you look back at our past, we love big guys,” he said. “And we had a lot of success with them and haven’t changed our attitude on that at all.
“They’ve only been here for three days, but they didn’t look like that. So that’s a bonus. I thought both those guys made a good showing.”
Good enough to get the chance each was looking for.