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Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams and the six best WR2s in football

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JANUARY 06: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a catch against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half in the AFC Wild Card Playoff game at M&T Bank Stadium on January 06, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – Los Angeles Chargers

4. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers

Fans of other NFL teams might be surprised to see Mike Williams ranked as the fourth-best WR2 in the NFL. Williams still seems to be slightly underrated in the public eye, which is not surprising considering the team went 5-11 last year and Williams is not the best receiver on the team.

However, considering that he is only three years into his career and had the kind of breakout year that he had in 2020, it is clear that he is one of the four-best WR2 in football. Heck, he was the top receiving prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft and went seventh overall to the Chargers, he has barely even begun to scratch the surface of his potential.

Williams had 49 receptions in 2019 for 1,001 yards but only two touchdowns. He led the entire league in average yards per reception with 20.4.

With all due respect to Philip Rivers, if Williams would have had a more accurate quarterback in 2019 then he would have had a better year. He was targeted 90 times in 2019, and while some are absolutely his fault, a more accurate passer would have led to at least an extra 10 receptions.

Also the way the Chargers have schemed Williams has restricted his numbers some. If he was the WR1 on the team and got the same routes as Keenan Allen he would showcase his ability to create separation and get more chances at the football. However, as a deep target, he was often getting passes thrown to him in traffic.

Tyrod Taylor has been a great deep passer throughout his career, so Williams may have an even better year in 2020.

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