Matt Hasselbeck talks up "very hungry" Mike Williams

Considering that Mike Williams’ failure to put down the fork turned him into an overweight draft bust for the Detroit Lions, it might sound like a bad thing to describe him as “very hungry.”

But those are the words that Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck used to describe Williams, who’s now one of his receivers in Seattle. And Hasselbeck meant it in a good way.

He’s very hungry,” Hasselbeck said of Williams, per Clark Judge of CBSSports.com, “and he’s been awesome.”

Williams showed off his improved conditioning in the preseason opener, taking a short pass and racing 51 yards for a touchdown. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says Williams looks much like he did in 2003, when Carroll was USC’s coach and Williams was an All-American for the Trojans.

“He looks great,” Carroll said. “He’s not looked like this since maybe his sophomore year of college.”

Williams may finally be ready to play the way he was expected to play when the Lions took him with the 10th pick in the 2005 draft. As long as his hunger remains on the field and not in the kitchen.