So maybe Mike Williams won’t be a bust after all. He has had a strong training camp, something he missed out on entirely last year, and could end up being the players the Chargers hoped he would.
Williams had a rough rookie season due to injuries. I’ve been as hard on him as anyone. But the talent is there and if he continues to show the kind of skills he’s displayed through camp thus far, he could be the weapon that puts the Bolts over the top this season.
Williams has dealt with injuries for several years, dating back to a scary neck injury while playing at Clemson. Last year, he had a bad back before OTAs even started. He missed the first six games of the season and then suffered a knee injury later in the year.
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His rookie season concluded with 11 receptions for 95 yards. That led many to think the Chargers made a colossal mistake by selecting him with the No. 7 overall pick in last year’s draft.
But now, with a clean bill of health, Williams seems focused and determined to put that poor campaign behind him. The Chargers held their Blue-White scrimmage on Saturday and all three reporters from the team’s official website — Ricky Henne, Hayley Elwood and Chris Hayre — selected Williams as the player that stood out the most.
He had two touchdown receptions on the day. It may just be a scrimmage, but that’s still wonderful news.
— Fernando Ramirez (@RealFRamirez) August 4, 2018
When reading any of the camp notes the team’s website has put out, the wide receivers have gotten incredible reviews after every practice. Whether it be Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Dylan Cantrell or now Mike Williams, it’s arguably the most talented position group on the team.
The defense looks like it will be able to be much better than it was last year. Now if Philip Rivers can get time in the pocket to find these talented receivers down the field, look out.
Every team is optimistic this time of year and every team’s fanbase believes its team has the perfect strategy going into the season. But this Chargers squad has been carefully constructed and from top to bottom, its difficult to see many chinks in the armor.