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Mike Williams will continue pre-trial intervention program in Buffalo

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Shortly before wide receiver Mike Williams was traded from the Buccaneers to the Bills, he was entered into a pre-trial intervention program that would have allowed Williams to avoid charges for trespassing and criminal mischief in a December incident that included $200 damage to his girlfriend’s front door.

Williams has to complete the program for that to happen, something that became problematic since he is now working in Buffalo instead of Tampa. The agreement was negated, but the case remained open and moved forward on Thursday. Mike Rodak and Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com report that Williams was granted permission to continue the program in Buffalo at a court hearing in Florida.

The charges were part of a run of off-field issues for Williams in Tampa that coach Lovie Smith called “disturbing” and may have contributed to the team’s decision to send Williams to the Bills for a sixth-round pick.

Williams was not in Florida for the hearing because he was taking part in OTAs for the Bills. If he can remain out of trouble, Williams will be expected to provide E.J. Manuel with a reliable target in Manuel’s second season as Buffalo’s starter.

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11 Responses to “Mike Williams will continue pre-trial intervention program in Buffalo”
  1. barsfordays says: May 29, 2014 6:01 PM

    Marquise Goodwin is the diamond/gem of this WR corps. A 4.17 40?! That’s video-game numbers, and all 3 of his recieving touchdowns last year were 40+ yards, with guys like Manuel and Thaddeus Lewis throwing him the ball. Oh yeah also, in his first preseason game(first nfl game) ever, his first NFL PLAY ever, and its a 107-yard kick return TD. I mean enough said. This guy will be the next DeSean Jackson

  2. mcguenther13 says: May 29, 2014 6:10 PM

    Goodwin will end up being better than DeSean Jackson as long as Manuel can get him the deep ball on a consistent basis

  3. scw1993 says: May 29, 2014 6:25 PM

    No matter who they put on that roster, they won’t get past NE, Jets, or Dolphins.

  4. titusyoungslegalcounsel says: May 29, 2014 7:38 PM

    Jets and Dolphins lol

  5. corkspop says: May 29, 2014 7:53 PM

    The receiving corps looks fine. One of the best in the league. No excuses, EJ.

  6. arcross12042004scorp15 says: May 29, 2014 8:23 PM

    The Bills have quietly put together a very nice roster. 18 of the starters are 1st or 2nd round picks. They have also added depth throughout the roster. Doug Whaley did a great job of plugging holes through the draft, trades and picking up free agents. A lot of “experts” will be surprised by the Bills this year because they have not been paying attention.

  7. swampcannons says: May 29, 2014 8:26 PM

    He really had some nice plays while in Tampa and this Buc fan wishes him the best in Buffalo. I’m hoping a fresh start will serve him well. The fact that Buffalo felt that they could part ways with Stevie Johnson tells you that they might have one helluva WR corps on their hands.

  8. novajoemicmac says: May 29, 2014 8:42 PM

    Mike Williams is going to have a solid year. What a great low-risk pick up. Go Bills!

  9. billsbackto81 says: May 29, 2014 8:45 PM

    Pats will always be considered AFCE champs til someone knocks them out, that’s understandable.
    But, Jets and Dolphins? C’MON MAN!! Bills took 3 out of 4 last season with less talent. Would have been 4 out of 4 if Geno didn’t have 4th string corner Justin (cut the following week) Rogers to pick on.

  10. catquick says: May 29, 2014 9:10 PM

    $200 damage? What’s that? A new paint job? You get $200 dollars damage slamming these flimsy doors these days!

  11. djshnooks says: May 30, 2014 1:26 PM

    Fwiw, Goodwin ran a 4.27, not a 4.17.

    Lol, that would just be insane.

    But yes, this team is stacked with talent. Best they have been in a decade. Quality at every starting position, but the key here now is the depth at all positions. That’s big.

    I expect a better year than last year, but a wild card spot would not surprise me.

    Profootballfocus said the Bills could have the best defense in the league…and NFL.com said the argument next year could be “Revis, Sherman…or Gilmore?”

    It’s time they shut up the critics.

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