Nov 13, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams (16) catches a fourth quarter pass against the Miami Dolphins at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
How good was Chargers WR Tyrell Williams last season? Well, he was one of the most dominant slot receivers, per Pro Football Focus.
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams made a name for himself in 2016.
A year after catching just two balls for 90 yards and one receiving touchdown, Williams finished with 69 receptions for 1,059 yards and seven scores. It was the first time since 2013 (Keenan Allen) where a Chargers receiver went over 1,000 yards.
According to Pro Football Focus’ metrics, Williams was the most improved second-year wide receiver. Not only that, but he was the second-most productive slot receiver last season, per PFF.
Chargers WR Tyrell Williams was the second most productive player from the slot in 2016. pic.twitter.com/VnZ9OmmXiX
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 26, 2017
To be a part of that group of elite veterans is an honor. And when you look back at the film, you can see why Williams ranked so high. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder isn’t as physical as you’d want him to be, but he has the height and speed to create mismatches. He’s a threat to score the second he has the ball in his hands. Williams’ breakaway speed is something special.
But like I mentioned above, Williams does have trouble winning those contested catches. Several of Philip Rivers’ interceptions were a result of Williams not being able to haul in the football. Rivers’ QB rating was the lowest when targeting Williams, according to PFF.
But for the former undrafted free agent out of Western Oregon to have a season like he just did, in what was only his second year, is pretty incredible. The 25-year-old still has some learning to do, but the Chargers should continue to utilize him where he thrives.
Don’t sleep on this young man in 2017, even in a crowded receiving corps that Los Angeles has.