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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

July 10, 2012 at 1:06 PM

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Person of interest: WR Mike Williams

Three games into the 2011 season, Tarvaris Jackson had accumulated more yards rushing (45) than Mike Williams had receiving (43).

As telling as that fact was, there was something else just as important: Williams was aware of the fact his receiving total was eclipsed by Jackson's rushing total.

It was the first sign of trouble in what turned out to be a very forgettable season for Williams. He struggled with injuries to his toe, his knee and finally suffered a broken ankle that landed him on injured reserve, ending his season.

More than half a year, Williams is still coming back from that.

"He's close," coach Pete Carroll said during the team's final offseason minicamp. "He's very close even for this camp. He just hasn't got enough work running routes and changing direction and things like that, but he can run straight ahead full speed. So he's getting close to being full-go."

That's good because there's a real question of just how much time Williams has to prove he's still part of this team's offense going forward. Two years ago, he was Seattle's biggest surprise as he led the team with 65 receptions after being out of the league entirely for two years. Last year, Williams was one of the team's biggest disappointments, never catching more than four passes in any of the 12 games he played in. Compare that to 2010 when he had three games with 10 or more receptions.

So what happens now?

Well, that depends on Williams' readiness both in terms of his recovery from injury and his mindset. Does he focus on the decline of his numbers last season as a sign the offense in general -- and quarterback in particular -- didn't involve him to the same degree as 2010? Or does he see that as a speed bump that he can overcome?

Carroll has always like big, physical wide receivers, and there isn't a bigger receiver on Seattle's roster. Now, it's up to Williams to show he can still be a sizeable factor in the offense.

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