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Three Chargers with the most to prove in 2018

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 06: Cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after intercepting a pass in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on December 6, 2015 in San Diego, California. The Broncos won 17-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 06: Cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after intercepting a pass in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on December 6, 2015 in San Diego, California. The Broncos won 17-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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SAN DIEGO, CA – DECEMBER 06: Cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after intercepting a pass in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on December 6, 2015 in San Diego, California. The Broncos won 17-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – DECEMBER 06: Cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after intercepting a pass in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on December 6, 2015 in San Diego, California. The Broncos won 17-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

As we approach the new NFL season, we see the Los Angeles Chargers as favorites to take their division and end their five-year playoff drought. On paper, the Chargers are among the most complete rosters in the NFL, rivaling even the powerhouse New England Patriots.

With a veteran gunslinger at the helm, an array of offensive weapons and a young and powerful defense, their roster boasts plenty of playmakers on all sides of the field. With a talented roster comes competition and these players have a lot to prove to either win a starting spot or simply stay on the team. To avoid being labeled as a bust, questionable signing, or simply just to prove they are still Pro Bowl caliber players, these three guys have the most to prove in 2018.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 24: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Buster Skrine #41 of the New York Jets battle for the pass during the first half of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – DECEMBER 24: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Buster Skrine #41 of the New York Jets battle for the pass during the first half of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Mike Williams

After a rookie season plagued with injuries, the 2017 first-round pick has a lot to prove as part of a very talented receiving corps. To avoid falling to the bottom of the depth chart, Mike Williams will have to prove his worth in the upcoming season. In 2018, Williams will be able to avoid being called a bust and can be a key component to the Chargers passing attack and a big boost to Philip Rivers, who favors the big and strong receiver.

In college, Williams specialized in jump balls and with his big body, it was almost impossible for a defender to contest a ball thrown to him. If he can have the same production he did at Clemson, he will surely be a secret weapon and perhaps even make his way to the starting line up at some point this season. With a trigger-happy quarterback, there will be plenty of jumpers to catch. Add a season-ending injury to tight end Hunter Henry and Williams is poised to breakout and have plenty of opportunities to make a difference in the passing game.

Williams has a lot to prove due to his status as a first-round pick and a very impressive collegiate resume. If he can’t compete on the Chargers, chances are he won’t be able to compete anywhere else and will have a short and forgettable NFL career. The key is to stay healthy and continue learning from star wide out Keenan Allen, who has been very impressed with Williams’ progress in the early stages of OTAs.

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