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Expect more of Mike Williams after no setbacks

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 12: Mike Williams
CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 12: Mike Williams
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Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams made his NFL debut last week. Expect the Chargers to utilize their first-round pick more against the Broncos.

Mike Williams only played nine offensive snaps in his NFL debut, but his lone catch, a 15-yarder on a third-and-6 early in the fourth quarter, was big.

It was big for Williams’ confidence. More notable, Williams was absent from the Chargers’ injury report this week for the first time this season. That’s a great sign for the former Clemson product and the Chargers. Head coach Anthony Lynn said that Williams, who is healthy, will get more playing time on Sunday when the Bolts host the Broncos.

Head Coach Anthony Lynn says Mike Williams will get more snaps this week. Likely up to 20.

— Hayley Elwood (@ChargersHElwood) October 18, 2017

With No. 1 receiver Keenan Allen questionable for Sunday with an apparent shoulder injury, the Chargers could really use Williams. The Chargers still have Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman at the receiver position, but M. Williams provides a different skill set with his ability to make those contested catches. He’ll add playmaking ability to an offense that desperately needs to start off fast, something the Chargers have been unable to do through the first six weeks of the season.

I don’t expect Williams to play a ton of snaps in only his second game, but the Chargers need to utilize him more often on third downs and in the red zone. And if he is fully healthy, Lynn and Co. could potentially have another dangerous weapon in their arsenal to go along with youngsters Melvin Gordon and Hunter Henry.

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