3. Tyrell Williams, Wide Receiver
An offense featuring a pass-catcher of Allen’s caliber, who is a lock for 1,300 yards is in solid condition. Possessing a pair of talented receivers capable of breaking the 1,000-yard barrier elevates an offense to another level, and Salem, Ore. product Tyrell Williams provides that luxury to the Chargers’ aerial attack.
Entering his fourth NFL season, the six-foot-four receiver has previously displayed his ability to perform substantially as a team’s top-pass catching weapon. When Allen missed virtually all of 2016 with a torn ACL, Williams shifted into the No.1 receiver role with relative ease. The University of Western Oregon alum racked up 1,059 receiving yards and seven touchdowns off 69 receptions in 16 games. He started in 12 of those matchups.
The lanky wideout had somewhat high expectations placed on him coming into the 2017 season. And while he may have fallen short of the predicted outlook, Williams was still a reputable contributor last season. The 26-year-old pass-catcher had an output of 729 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 16 games in 2017. His 43 receptions came off of 69 targets from Rivers, equalling a competent 62.3 percent catch rate.
Williams’ premium performance of 2017 came in a Week 13 tilt with the Washington Redskins when he recorded four catches for 132 yards and a touchdown. His end zone visit came off a season-long 75-yard catch.
The 205-pound receiver has the long strides to torch an opposing secondary vertically down the field, much like former Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd. However, Williams is more effective when hauling in passes in the 10-20-yard range where he can slice a defense through the middle of the field. His abilities as a mid-range and down-the-field threat are vital to the success of the Chargers’ passing attack.