Mike Williams admits he has some growing up to do

AP

Going back to the place he grew up is going to give Mike Williams a chance to do just that.

New Bills receiver Mike Williams said he was excited about being traded to his hometown team, acknowledging he needs to mature if he’s to remain successful in the NFL.

“Yes, I think I do need to grow up a little bit more,” Williams said, via Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News. “I think with me having a son, it made me realize things a little bit more and how important it is, and what type of future I have for him and my family. A lot of people are depending on me, so you’re right, I do have to grow up.”

Williams said he had a 1-year-old son in Buffalo, who hopefully presents less of a risk to him than his brother in Tampa.

Being stabbed by his brother last week appeared to have been the last straw for the Buccaneers, who offloaded him for a sixth-round pick. There were other incidents along the way, and Williams gave a vague defense.

“Two of those stories was actually made up,” Williams said of his Tampa past. “They don’t want me to talk about the stories, so I’m not going to get into that. But all cases was dropped.”

“I think one of my big mistakes is really trying to take care of too many people and trying to make too many people happy. Instead of me going out and doing what I have to do first, and then whatever after that.”

Williams has been a productive receiver in the past, and if he is willing to say no to the growing crowd of old friends, he could give the Bills an explosive complement to Stevie Johnson in the passing game.

As long as he doesn’t take a diaper pin to the eye or anything.