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LA Chargers: Three bold predictions for the receiving corps in 2020

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a touchdown reception by Mike Williams #81 during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Keenan Allen #13 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrates a touchdown reception by Mike Williams #81 during the first quarter against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field on September 16, 2018 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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(Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
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2. Mike Williams has under 800 receiving yards

Someone is going to have to get fewer targets with Keenan Allen assumingly getting more targets and that someone is Mike Williams. Mix in the fact that the Chargers have production outside of the top-two receivers and Williams is primed to take a step back in terms of workload in the 2020 season.

Heck, Williams thrived last year with Rivers’ gunslinging mentality and that is why he led the league in yards per reception. Williams was often the target of a deep bomb from Rivers and was targeted 90 times last year, catching 49 of those targets.

While Taylor is actually a really good deep-ball thrower and it is a bit under the radar, Williams is still going to take a step back in terms of targets because of the reasons already mentioned. He will still be an elite threat when the Chargers need a deep ball, that deep ball just will not be as prevalent.

I think we see a version of Williams that is closer to the 2018 season. He will get somewhere around 70-75 targets, hopefully, haul in 55 receptions and will finish the season somewhere around 750 receiving yards.

However, the positive aspect of this is that if the team uses him more like 2018 then he is going to find the endzone more often. Williams had 10 touchdowns in 2018 opposed to only two in 2019. He will continue to be a legitimate threat, especially in the endzone, the numbers will just take a hit because of things outside of his ability.

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