Mike Williams, the Seattle Seahawks’ go-to receiver last year, has become an afterthought in his second season with the team.
With No. 1 receiver Sidney Rice suffering a head injury early in the second half, Seattle needed Williams to step up Sunday.
But Williams finished without a catch for the third time this season. He was targeted three times against the Washington Redskins.
Williams did draw a pass interference penalty on former Seattle cornerback Josh Wilson in the third quarter on a deep pass, setting up a Steven Hauschka 36-yard field goal.
But he probably could have made the catch on the play, and he also dropped a pass on a back-shoulder throw early in the game that would have put Seattle in field-goal range.
Seattle receivers did not help out quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, with six drops against the Redskins.
“You get the pass interference, but you want the catch,” Williams said. “I just think on the outside, myself and this group, we didn’t win this game. We were supposed to win this game. We knew they were going to single us up, and when we did make our plays, we made them here and there.”
Williams led Seattle in receiving last year with 65 catches for 751 yards and two scores, earning a three-year, $11.2 million contract extension.
But through 11 games this season Williams has 14 catches for 192 yards and one touchdown. He’s eighth on the team in receptions.
Williams also has missed two games because of head and hamstring injuries.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Williams suffered a shoulder injury in the second half, so Seattle used Ben Obomanu more.
“I kind of landed on my shoulder,” Williams said. “But I wasn’t playing good anyway, so I don’t think it mattered if I was healthy or not. Like I said, this whole year has been not what I’ve been accustomed to, and not what I had for myself from the beginning.
“So I have to kind of get out of this rut and try to get my rhythm back. But today there were some plays and an opportunity for me to have a big day, and it just didn’t work out.”