Antonio Brown has some advice for his teammate.
After dealing with a contract dispute of his own in recent years, the Steelers wide receiver encouraged running back Le’Veon Bell to consider the repercussions of sitting out in anger.
“We all know Le’Veon is a competitor and is highly conditioned, always taking care of his body and putting himself in high condition,” Brown said. “The one thing about Le’Veon that makes him special, he takes his game seriously.
“It’s never a question or doubt about his game, is he physically ready? I know when he walks in the building, whenever he shows up, you know what you’re going to get — you’re going to get a guy who’s ready to take 400 to 500 carries, a guy who’s willing to run and catch the ball, a guy who can do it all.”
Williams, reduced to just 10 games due to lingering injuries, thinks he can use last season’s disappointment to reach his full potential.
“It is what it is,” Williams said, via espn.com. “Even when you’re doing good, you’re going to have haters. Haters are going to hate. Somebody has to hate on you to keep you going. So I appreciate all the haters. But Mike Williams is going to be on top next year, and they’re going to be on the bandwagon. So we are going to take it like that.”
After missing so much time early last season with back and hamstring injuries, Williams feels like a full offseason will help quarterback Philip Rivers gain confidence in him.
“I missed a lot of games, that was the main thing,” Williams said. “I missed camp and I missed the first four games. How can a quarterback get any rhythm with a receiver who missed all of camp and that many games?