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LA Chargers: The 10 best players entering the 2020 season

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Free safety Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after the Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28 to win the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Free safety Derwin James #33 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates after the Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 29-28 to win the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

9. WR Mike Williams

2019 was easily the best year of Mike Williams‘ career. Williams was able to get 1000 receiving yards for the first time in his career. It was also an impressive year because of the injuries he had played through. Williams exited the first game of the year with a knee injury that never quite subsided over the course of the year, but he kept grinding and played 15 of 16 games.

Yards per reception was truly an incredible state for Williams in 2019. He led the league with 20.4, which is the highest mark since DeSean Jackson back in 2014. It wasn’t just establishing himself as an elite deep threat though. It was also about making catches when it mattered. Williams came up with two unreal catches to keep the Chargers alive on final drives vs. Kansas City and at Denver.

Whatever ball Rivers was throwing his way, he could trust him to come down with it. That was the real difference between Williams this year and in past seasons. If there’s one area that Williams could improve on in 2020, it might be his possession catching.

He’s already mastered the deep ball, but there is a need to keep the defense honest. If defenses had to decide between covering Williams for the deep ball or the intermediate passes, it would take him to an even higher level.

Williams enters the final year of his deal, but the Chargers will absolutely use his fifth-year option after the season. He’s established himself as the second-best receiver on the team and one of the elite deep threats in the league.

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