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Patriots take closer look at WR Mike Williams, among others

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Wide receiver Mike Williams, a 2010 fourth-round draft choice of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who didn't play in 2015 but is trying to make a comeback, worked out for the New England Patriots on Wednesday.

The workout, first reported by Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, was one of a handful the Patriots conducted. With some skill-position players in town, the team also had quarterback Ricky Stanzi in to throw to them.

Former New York Jets tight end Jeff Cumberland, as Volin noted, was among the players confirmed to have worked out.

Williams' presence is a notable storyline, as he last played in 2014 for the Buffalo Bills, when he made plenty of headlines but not many plays on the field. Last season, he was suspended for the first three games of the season and then posted on Instagram that he was working out for teams and looking for the best quarterback fit. He never signed.

In 2011 and 2012, Williams played under Greg Schiano with Tampa Bay and totaled 128 receptions for 1,767 yards and 12 touchdowns in 32 games. Schiano is a confidant of Patriots coach Bill Belichick.