Coming into the 2017 season, everyone had high expectations for rookie WR Mike Williams. At Clemson, Williams was the man and with being the man, all eyes are on you.
Wide receiver Mike Williams helped Clemson win a national championship in his final year with the Tigers.
The Chargers then drafted Williams with their first-round pick (No. 7 overall) in last year’s draft. His 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame makes him an ideal target for Philip Rivers. Williams has the chance to be the new Malcolm Floyd for this offense, a guy that Rivers can throw 50/50 deep passes to. The WR dealt with injury all of training camp and half of the season, so his chemistry with Rivers wasn’t there. Staying healthy throughout training camp is very important to him and this team.
Williams is coming off a season in which he only caught 11 passes with no touchdowns. There isn’t time to panic just yet, but he has to have a healthy, productive year in 2018. He has a lot to prove this season, and staying healthy will be huge for him because he can develop that chemistry with Rivers. He has to come into the season confident and know that he can get the job done for this team. His talent alone shows that he can be a threat to all defenses.
However, when training camp rolls around, there’s going to be competition for the No. 2 receiver spot. That will only happen if the Chargers decide to bring back receiver Tyrell Williams, who is a restricted free agent.
One of the main reasons why the Chargers drafted a receiver is because they were concerned about Keenan Allen’s injury. With Allen being fully healthy and coming off a big season, some might ask where that leaves Williams. He can become that deep threat receiver for Rivers he was in college for Clemson. Williams has a very high ceiling and with that big-bodied frame, he can bully defensive backs.
Expect an exciting second season from the wideout.