His 2011 season wasn’t as spectacular as his 2010 rookie campaign, but Tampa Bay’s Mike Williams still was on the field more frequently than any other NFC South wide receiver.
Williams took part in 94.5 percent of Tampa Bay’s offensive snaps. He was on the field for 965 of Tampa Bay’s 1,021 offensive plays.
Carolina’s Steve Smith and Atlanta’s Roddy White each played more snaps, but came up short of the percentage of plays Williams was in for. Williams’ percentage of playing time ranked No. 4 in the NFL.
Smith ranked No. 7 in the NFL, taking part in 91.4 percent of Carolina’s snaps. He was on the field for 956 of Carolina’s 1,046 plays. White was involved in 90.5 percent of Atlanta’s offensive plays. He was on the field for 1,020 of Atlanta’s 1,227 offensive snaps.
Let’s take a look at some other NFC South receivers and the playing time they got in 2011:
Legedu Naanee, Panthers: 70.8 percent.
Brandon LaFell, Panthers, 65.9 percent.
Robert Meachem, Saints, 64.4 percent.
Devery Henderson, Saints, 62.8 percent.
Julio Jones, Falcons, 62.6 percent.
Marques Colston, Saints, 57.2 percent.
Harry Douglas, Falcons, 55.4 percent.
Arrelious Benn, Buccaneers, 49.2 percent.
Dezmon Briscoe, Buccaneers, 46.6 percent.
Preston Parker, Buccaneers, 45.6 percent.
Lance Moore, Saints, 36 percent.
Eric Weems, Falcons, 24.1 percent.
Sammie Stroughter, Buccaneers, 6.66 percent.
Micheal Spurlock, Buccaneers, 4.7 percent.
Seyi Ajirotutu, Panthers, 4.59 percent.
Adrian Arrington, Saints, 4.51 percent.
Kerry Meier, Falcons, 3.02 percent.
Armanti Edwards, Panthers. 2.39 percent.
Kealoha Pilares, Panthers, 2.01 percent.