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Checking in with Seahawks wide receiver Mike Williams

By Brady Henderson

Mike Williams' plan for improving upon a disappointing 2011 season includes playing at a lower weight.

"I've got to get better, I've got to get faster, I've got to get more explosive. I won't be playing at 240 [pounds] this year. I'm going to go down and go a lot lower than that just to give myself the best chance," the Seahawks wide receiver told "Brock and Salk" on Wednesday.

Mike-Williams-statsWeight issues were part of the reason Williams was out of football for two seasons prior to joining the Seahawks in 2010. The contract extension he signed later that season includes a weight clause.

Williams suggested that he has played at 240 pounds in the past -- he's been listed at 235 the past two seasons -- but added, "I've got to take a different step and really give myself a chance to be the player that I can be and that I know I am."

Williams was that player in 2010. With Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback, Williams was a focal point of the Seahawks' offense, catching 65 passes for 751 yards and two scores in 14 regular-season games. He had just 18 catches last season, dogged by injuries and dropped passes. He missed two games early in the season -- one with a concussion and another with a hamstring injury -- before he was placed on injured reserve following an ankle and leg injury he sustained in a Dec. 18 game against Chicago.

Williams said he is off crutches and rehabbing at the team's headquarters. He indicated that he might not be ready to take part in OTAs and minicamps, which begin in mid-April.

"I'm just really focused on having a great offseason and getting back to form," he said. "This past season I came into camp and [within] a couple of days I had a foot [injury], and then I had a hamstring, then I had a back. I just never really got going. I was always fighting something along the way.

"My focus this year is to come in really healthy and go from there. So whenever I'm ready to go I'm just going to do whatever I can."

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