ESPN's Chris Mortenson reported this morning on Sunday NFL Countdown that recently signed Tennessee Titans wide receiver Mike Williams weighed in at 271 pounds.
This is the same Mike Williams that was selected No. 10 in the 2005 draft by the Detroit Lions and was chastized by former head coach Steve Mariucci and current head coach Rod Marinelli for being out of shape, lazy, and displaying a poor work ethic.
Williams, as you know, was traded to the Oakland Raiders on draft day, along with QB Josh McCown, for a 4th round pick. He was reunited with Lane Kiffin, one of his former offensive coaches at USC.
But Williams caught seven passes for 90 yards and no touchdowns in six games as a Raider this season before being cut on Oct. 30.
While we haven't been able to confirm Mort's report (we known he whiffed BIG TIME on the Mike Vick federal dog fighting case), we did find this story at The Tennessean that claims Williams looks a lot bigger than his listed 230 pounds.
Being a few biscuits shy of 300 pounds isn't uncommon for an NFL player, when that player is an offensive lineman. If Mort's right and Williams is actually 271 pounds, it'll be impossible for him to be even a remotely average wide receiver. He couldn't get separation at 230 or even 240, so there's no way he will at 271.
Mort did report that BMW, as he was called in college, may be tried as an H-Back (ala Mike Sellers in Washington) or tight end hybrid.
If in fact the Titans do play him at anything about 260, he'd probably be the heaviest wide receiver in NFL history. Even David Boston, in his steroid days, wasn't larger than 260.