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Mario Williams “the fastest guy on the field” at Bills’ OTAs

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Mario Williams took to the Bills’ practice field for the first time on Tuesday when Buffalo opened Organized Team Activities, and his teammates were amazed by what they saw.

Everyone knows Williams is a freakish athlete who at 6-foot-6 and 292 pounds is big even by the standards of a defensive end, but Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said the way Williams moves is like nothing he had ever seen before.

“He looks like a Madden character you create when you sit there and up-up the strength, and the guy keeps growing,” Fitzpatrick said. “And then he’s the fastest guy on the field, too.”

That may be a bit of hyperbole — I would certainly hope the Bills have a few receivers and cornerbacks who can outrun Williams — but all indications are that Williams looked on the first day of OTAs like a guy who’s worth every penny of a six-year, $100 million contract.

For his part, Williams said he’s trying to lead by example as a guy who works just as hard as he would if he had to prove himself to make the team.

“Honestly,” he said, “I don’t think of anything else but going out and working.”

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  1. mjbulls45 says: May 30, 2012 9:23 AM

    yeah Raiders knocked him out last year

  2. skoobyfl says: May 30, 2012 9:25 AM

    The Bills on paper probably have the best D-line in the NFL, expectations are quite high in town.

  3. rufustfireflyjr says: May 30, 2012 9:28 AM

    Fastest on the field? That either says something great about Williams, or something lousy about the Bills’ “speed positions” – WR, RB and DB – or both.

  4. nbaraie says: May 30, 2012 9:28 AM

    yeah Bills beat the Raiders last year

  5. cooklynn17 says: May 30, 2012 9:28 AM

    So what’s that say for the speed of the running backs, corners and wide receivers?

  6. shackdelrio says: May 30, 2012 9:29 AM

    Wanna see a real freakish athlete playing defensive end? Look up Margus Hunt, defensive end at SMU.

  7. ranksarot says: May 30, 2012 9:32 AM

    Great guy, hard worker, never makes excuses. But… injury prone. Always either playing through some nagging injury or sidelined completely with something. Bills will be lucky to get 8 games out of him.

  8. matthewcarlson1 says: May 30, 2012 9:33 AM

    I still cant believe the Texans just let him go.

  9. gobills716 says: May 30, 2012 9:34 AM

    If he looked like a freak of nature on the first day of OTAs, imagine how he’s going to look lined up next to Marcell Dareus (6’3″ 340 lbs) and Kyle Williams (6’1″ 300 lbs).

  10. bigjdve says: May 30, 2012 9:36 AM

    I like Mario Williams, however if he is the fastest person at their OTAs then they are in for a really long year.

  11. bumbler19 says: May 30, 2012 9:36 AM

    Spiller must not have been there that day.

  12. nathanbetz91 says: May 30, 2012 9:44 AM

    basically what ryan fitzpatrick is saying is our team is terrible in comparison to mario williams, but mario williams is still a badass.

  13. mydoglouie says: May 30, 2012 9:44 AM

    You’ll have to excuse me if I don’t get excited that he is the fatest guy on the field 3 months before the season.

  14. duanethomas says: May 30, 2012 9:50 AM

    The guys a beast and if he stays healthy he can do for that defense what Reggie White (R.I.P.) did for the Packers in 93. How ironic is it that him and Vince Young are on the same team, considering a lot of people wanted Houston to take Young with that first pick in 06. Williams 100 million. Young 1 yr 3 million.

  15. jacksaysfu says: May 30, 2012 9:51 AM

    On paper , the Eagles have the best & deepest D-Line on paper . They led the league in sacks last year & have gotten deeper since the draft , but the Bills are right up there.

  16. mellymel86 says: May 30, 2012 9:52 AM

    Will someone get that small child off the field?

  17. realnflmaster says: May 30, 2012 9:53 AM

    JETS will 2-0 you again. Get your excuses ready, we’re already waiting for them.

  18. regulator01 says: May 30, 2012 9:53 AM

    mario is as nice and classy a guy as you will find in nfl or anywhere else, i watched him in hs and college and lived in houston while he was here, if he stays healthy you bill fans will be very happy, but either way a first class standup guy

  19. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: May 30, 2012 9:56 AM

    Dang. I really wanted him for the Bengals. MB wouldn’t open the vault. Fml.

  20. bigwinintx says: May 30, 2012 9:58 AM

    Mario is great during the first half, it’s the second half of the game/ season that he falls apart.

  21. lolb23 says: May 30, 2012 10:02 AM

    Bills are my favorite perennial underdog. I hope they do well this year and finish 2nd in the East ahead of the Jets and Fish. I think they have a legit chance at 9 wins this year.

  22. santolonius says: May 30, 2012 10:10 AM

    it would be so much fun if the bills became a beast this year, whacking afc east teams around all season. such a likable team!

  23. jwocky1 says: May 30, 2012 10:15 AM

    He always was the biggest at Texans camp, and the strongest, and the fastest. At the end of the season that is exactly why he always left so much to be desired. He’s a freak, he should be a HOFer, instead hes an above average player.

  24. rnt2000 says: May 30, 2012 10:17 AM

    Please lets not forget that he may be the fastest in OTS’s but lets not forget that this is VOLUNTARY and not all/if any starters are there mostly rookies.. Lets see how things go when training camp starts and is mandatory for everyone.

  25. gridassassin says: May 30, 2012 10:21 AM

    If he’s the fastest guy on the field, it doesn’t say much about their WRs, DBs and RBs….

  26. denverwally says: May 30, 2012 10:28 AM

    Definitely a nice pickup by Toronto… but he always seems nicked up. Every season his name has constantly been on the injury report each week for something or another. Maybe the hundred million will help him heal faster.
    Is that 100 million canadian or US dollars?

  27. inthearex says: May 30, 2012 10:29 AM

    Pretty sure the giants have the best D-line in the league. And they have some hardware to prove it.

  28. ty46 says: May 30, 2012 10:34 AM

    Based on his last 3 seasons, Mario isn’t worth that money.

  29. dram931 says: May 30, 2012 10:37 AM

    For all those who believe the Texans “just let him go”, you all are unimformed fools. If the Texans had paid him the $100M Buff did, the franchise would have been financially crippled for years to come. With so many other players needing to get signed this year and next, they would have really had to “just let them go”. As a Texans fan, I would have liked if the team would have been able to afford Mario, but there is this little thing called winning that I like too. Besides, Connor Barwin had 11 sacks after Mario went down and he could have had 15. For Buffalo fan… I just hope he stays healthy…while here in Houston, he was always battling nagging injuries…shoulder, ankle, toes, feet, and pecs…that kept him from performing at his best. And he definitely took plays off. But because he is such a good guy…I hope he does well. Look forward to seeing him this year vs. his old team.

  30. jolink653 says: May 30, 2012 10:43 AM

    you mean to say he’s the fastest guy on the field going against his own teammates three months before the season starts? well that must mean it will translate to the regular season if he’s doing so well in camp

    in all seriousness though even though i’m a patriots fan i’m happy to see the bills get better their fans deserve to have something to cheer for and them adding a couple pieces will definitely make the bills patriots games more exciting

  31. joeyd524 says: May 30, 2012 10:45 AM

    Ditto..gmen have the best

  32. steelpalace302 says: May 30, 2012 10:46 AM

    If a defensive end is the fastest guy you have on the field you are in big trouble.

  33. jaguar187 says: May 30, 2012 10:50 AM

    This could be good news for Jets fans: after crushing Sanchez, think how Williams will speed up Tebow’s throwing motion.

  34. chillyp says: May 30, 2012 11:01 AM

    Typical Game for Mario. One Huge sack in the 1st Q, then gone for the rest of the game. He has a long way to go till I view him as an Elite in his position. Bill have a huge risk for him being a bust. I wish Mario proves me wrong….

  35. billhicks666 says: May 30, 2012 11:04 AM

    matthewcarlson1 says:

    “I still cant believe the Texans just let him go.”

    They couldn’t pay him for salary cap reasons. But even if they had room under the cap, they weren’t going to pay him what the Bills did. I don’t think the Texans think anyone is worth that kind of money.

  36. billhicks666 says: May 30, 2012 11:08 AM

    duanethomas says:

    “The guys a beast and if he stays healthy he can do for that defense what Reggie White (R.I.P.) did for the Packers in 93.”

    And the hyperbole surrounding Mario Williams continues….

  37. screwstontexans says: May 30, 2012 11:09 AM

    matthewcarlson1 says:
    May 30, 2012 9:33 AM
    I still cant believe the Texans just let him go.

    ________________________________

    His back up Brooks Reed had a phenomenal season filling in for him while he was hurt, Mario is more fit for the 4-3 than anything. Wade came in last year and all the questions were surrounding Mario and DeMeco about if they would be able to transition….and look at them both now.

  38. dboys4124 says: May 30, 2012 11:10 AM

    Dram…let’s get get your foolish uninformed self up to speed. Not being able to afford Mario Williams because they have so many other contracts coming up says more about the GM’s (Rick Smith) inability to plan ahead and structure contracts to where they are not all coming up at the same time. I’m sorry but as a texan fan, you haven’t even come close to earning the right to say you like winning so much and act like you are some great franchise with a rich history of winning like the packers, steelers, cowboys, giants, etc. You are still a joke of a franchise and not even the most popular team in your own city. If you are serious about winning, you build your team around your best players. You don’t let them leave in free agency and stick with your unprovens all the time. Good luck this year. Your division is horrible enough to win but don’t count on doing too much ‘winning’ outside of that.

  39. cooklynn17 says: May 30, 2012 11:17 AM

    skoobyfl says: May 30, 2012 9:25 AM

    The Bills on paper probably have the best D-line in the NFL, expectations are quite high in town.
    ——————————————————————
    What are you stupid? The NY Giants have by far the best D line in football. That defensive line was a huge reason they won the Superbowl, remember?

    On paper, everything looks great, however paper does not get the job done, just ask Dallas and Philadelphia.

    P.S. the Giants had a pretty good D line in Superbowl. # 25 too, remember that Bills fan? Just worry about winning the division first. You know, baby steps.

  40. EJ says: May 30, 2012 11:21 AM

    Fitzpatrick means that Williams is the fastest at his position on the field. Of course the Bills have some burners, McGee, McKelvin, Gilmore and A,Williams on D. Spiller, Dickerson, Clowney, Easley, Hagan, Jones, Smith and Graham on Offense. Should be an interesting year!

  41. treesloth16 says: May 30, 2012 11:32 AM

    Dang, who is #54 in that picture, he tooks TINY

  42. truthhurtstoo says: May 30, 2012 11:39 AM

    That’s not saying much…. it’s the Jills after all.

    Still think they top the hapless jets however…

  43. bullcharger says: May 30, 2012 11:59 AM

    I think the Bills will make the playoffs this year. They have an easy schedule. Just like what happened to the Bengals last year.

    Even if the Bills go 3-3 in the division they could go 10-6 or 11-5. They will likely lose to Houston and SF but that leaves lots of winnable games.

  44. philmiller21 says: May 30, 2012 12:08 PM

    “dboys4124 says:
    May 30, 2012 11:10 AM
    You are still a joke of a franchise and not even the most popular team in your own city.”

    — Is this guy serious? You are going to try and make an argument that the Cowboys are the more popular team in Houston. There goes all of your credibility. And to reference the rest of your brash comment, you ask anyone in football who they’d prefer – Duane Brown, top 3 LT in football vs Mario Williams – and they’d tell you to sort out Brown. Teams face tough salary cap issues all the time, there was simply no way the Texans could afford Mario. Quite frankly, most of us aren’t that sorry to see him go. Despite what this article says, Mario is nowhere near as quick/fast as Brooks Reed and Connor Barwin. Mario is a power rusher who has yet to develop a sterling pash rush move. Great guy, but good riddance. Looking forward to making a run at AFC Championship this fall.

  45. souldogdave says: May 30, 2012 12:20 PM

    Half-asleep when I saw the title, swore it said “fattest man on the field”.

  46. beavertonsteve says: May 30, 2012 12:36 PM

    Wanna see a real freakish athlete playing defensive end? Look up Margus Hunt, defensive end at SMU.
    ————————————-
    The Big Estonian is going to be a 1st round pick next year. He single handedly destroyed Pitt in last years bowl game.

  47. unionslie says: May 30, 2012 12:43 PM

    who’s #64 for the Bills? Must be the smallest OT in the NFL.

  48. stonecld33 says: May 30, 2012 1:16 PM

    Well no one on the bills will catch Reggie Bush again. Same as last year

  49. eaglesnoles05 says: May 30, 2012 1:38 PM

    “So what’s that say for the speed of the running backs, corners and wide receivers?”

    It says they are slower than a 6’6″ greek god with 1% body fat who takes 5yds a stride, and I’m not surprised.

  50. EJ says: May 30, 2012 1:39 PM

    cooklynn17 says:
    May 30, 2012 11:17 AM
    skoobyfl says: May 30, 2012 9:25 AM

    The Bills on paper probably have the best D-line in the NFL, expectations are quite high in town.
    ——————————————————————
    What are you stupid? The NY Giants have by far the best D line in football. That defensive line was a huge reason they won the Superbowl, remember?

    On paper, everything looks great, however paper does not get the job done, just ask Dallas and Philadelphia.

    P.S. the Giants had a pretty good D line in Superbowl. # 25 too, remember that Bills fan? Just worry about winning the division first. You know, baby steps.

    Yeah, the Giants had a pretty good D-line in #25, but so did Buffalo(Bruce Smith, Jeff Wright, Leon Seals and Pro Bowl LB’s Talley, Conlan, Bennett and Bentley). A flustered Kicker is all that saved your team from being the losers and not the winners.

  51. eaglesnoles05 says: May 30, 2012 1:45 PM

    Love it when giants fans like cooklynn17 come on these boards and do their NYG’s proud.

    They still won the superbowl, even without the illogical fan banter. Guy says “bills dl may be best on paper.” Giants fan says “what are you stupid? Giants have best DL. We won superbowl.”

    First person to logically connect 2012 preseason projections and 2011 results wins the you-have-made-a-faulty-logic-connection trophy. Ready go.

  52. dashmooz says: May 30, 2012 1:46 PM

    You are still a joke of a franchise and not even the most popular team in your own city.

    Wow. Typical Cowboy fan speak.

    Inability to plan ahead? Really? Not overpaying for a player IS THE DEFINITION of planning ahead. Sure, it would be great to have him. But would you really pay $100 MM to him when you have talented players at his position, knowing that you have to let 3 or 4 people leave next year because of it?

    Texans have money to spend, contrary to popular belief. They don’t have money to burn.

    And the other thing that you fail to point out – a lot of the people that the Texans are paying (or will pay next year) are getting paid a lot because they are damn good. Andre Johnson, J Joseph, Cushing, Antonio Smith, etc. Barwin, Duane Brown, Schaub, Quin – all come up next year and will command $.

  53. eaglesnoles05 says: May 30, 2012 1:59 PM

    You know the stuff coming out of NFC east teams’ fan posts is getting pretty juvenile when Eagles fans start sounding like the coherent ones lol.

  54. granadafan says: May 30, 2012 2:17 PM

    When will people look past athletic ability and evaluate how it translates to on-field performance? Based on Mario’s “freakish athletic ability” and size (ie., combine numbers) you’d expect more production than from just an above average lineman.

  55. nynjtnbc says: May 30, 2012 3:14 PM

    @granadafan

    On-field performance? Let’s try some facts. Looking at sacks per game (only one measure of production, of course) among some of the top active linemen today:

    DeMarcus Ware .88
    Jared Allen .84
    Dwight Freeney .68
    Mario Williams .65
    Trent Cole .63
    Osi Unemyiora .61
    Robert Mathis .61
    Tamba Hali .56
    Andre Carter .52
    Will Smith .50

    I’d say that’s better that “just an above average lineman.” That’s pretty good company up there. Oh, and out of that top four Mario is the youngest.

  56. eagles107 says: May 30, 2012 3:23 PM

    skoobyfl says:
    May 30, 2012 9:25 AM
    The Bills on paper probably have the best D-line in the NFL, expectations are quite high in town.
    …..
    False…….. I believe the Eagles and Giants might have something to say about that!

  57. NakedCowboy! says: May 30, 2012 3:44 PM

    no way he is fastest guy on field… unless they had all RBs, WRs, DBs out…

  58. jimjames2 says: May 30, 2012 7:28 PM

    First of all you people read way to much into things. I’m sure in some drill Mario was the fastest guy on the field. That’s all he is really saying. The whole team has the guy in there radar and they should he is a BIG deal. The Bills will defiantly be a top 10 or 15 this year. Were building a contender. Were only going to get better. As for you Cowboy and texans fans isn’t there any news about your teams to go and talk about. You both suck. Texas were did that defense get you? To the giants you guys have a great team and for Eli the guy is fantastic. I can’t image the pressure being in that family.Go Buffalo.

  59. kgun80 says: May 30, 2012 9:08 PM

    As a Bills fan it’s nice.. ON PAPER. I have seen a lot of players be deemed” the savior” in Buffalo.. So I’ll believe it when I see it.. And yes the Giants do have the best D line in the league. Talented players in a good scheme who are well coached.
    @realnflmaster
    The Bills have a long way to go. But..the Jets suck!!! I can’t wait for opening day.. When The Bills play the Yets in their big brothers stadium .. Prediction .. Bills win.. Tebow starts by week6 .. Rex is fired following week 17…

  60. chezdigital says: May 30, 2012 10:41 PM

    Are any of you going to realize that Fitz was the one who said this? Clearly the fastest guy in the box will seem to be the fastest on the field with the shortest distance to the QB. You Bills haters need a dose of logic and reality.

  61. gadzod says: May 31, 2012 12:12 PM

    How can Philly be a top D-Line in the NFL when Fred Jackson ran for 111 yards on 26 carries against them? Philly got killed against the run last year. Averaged 112.6 yards a game against. That doesn’t define as “A top D-Line.”

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