Weight issues were part of the reason Mike Williams spent two years out of the NFL.
Now, the Seahawks wide receiver who finished second in voting for the league’s Comeback Player of the Year last season said he’s keeping his weight in check during the lockout with a whole lot of exercise.
“I average about five-and-a-half, six hours of cardio a day, just between field work and in-the-gym work. And I try to get my basketball in every day,” he told Brock & Salk on Tuesday.
“When you have the issues that (I’ve had), you have to go a little above and beyond,” he said when stopped mid-sentence by an incredulous Mike Salk.
Williams reportedly weighed 286 pounds when the Titans signed and later cut him in 2007, which began his two-year absence from the NFL.
The three-year contract extension Williams signed in January includes a weight clause. His listed weight last season was 235 pounds.
“I like where I’m at,” he said.
• Williams is helping recruit teammates for a two-day mini-camp next week in Seattle. The NFL’s lockout prohibits interaction between players and coaches, meaning team-supervised practices or workouts that are part of a normal offseason are out of the question.
• Williams thinks 35-year-old quarterback Matt Hasselbeck could be effective in Seattle’s new offense should the he re-sign with the Seahawks.
“I think if physically he can do it, I think as a teammate and as an organization you help him, you build around him and you make his job easier,” he said before pointing to Brett Favre as an example of a quarterback who had success late in his career with an improved supporting cast.
• If Hasselbeck isn’t back, Williams would be “all for” Charlie Whitehurst getting an opportunity to start.
“I think Charlie has a big-time arm, he can make all the throws,” he said. “I think people were very critical of him this year but I don’t think people take into consideration what repetitions do in this league and the looks and the more time that you have under center in practice and how it carries over to the game.
“So I still think the judgment on Charlie definitely has to be out until he’s had a full year of work under his belt to really assess where he’s at.”
The length at which Williams spoke about Whitehurst’s lack of opportunity to prove himself to date made it seem as though he was giving more than just a diplomatic response.
• Seattle’s coaches wasted no time trying to reach out to players with e-mails, text messages and phone calls when the lockout was briefly lifted last month. Williams received phone calls from wide receivers coach Kippy Brown and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
“As soon as that thing was lifted, coach Carroll and that group, they were 90 miles-an-hour,” Williams said.