LA Chargers: Grading how the new quarterbacks fit with the top receivers
By Tyler Gallagher
LA Chargers: Mike Williams’ compatibility grades
Tyrod Taylor and Mike Williams – Compatibility grade: C+
While Tyrod Taylor has been known as a short-yardage passer throughout his career, that may be more of a product of the receivers that he has had rather than the player that Taylor is himself.
Through 2016, Taylor has a 101.5 passer rating on 129 deep passes. In 2016 in particular, Taylor excelled as a deep passer on the Bills when he had Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin, and Sammy Watkins as deep threats on his team.
Since then, Taylor has not had a talented deep threat to utilize (at least not when he had an offensive line to give him time). Mike Williams is a far better deep receiver than Taylor has had in recent memory.
However, Williams is a bit different of a deep threat than Taylor’s previous deep threats. While the game of Woods and Goodwin were predicated on speed, Williams’ biggest asset in the deep game is his ability to make plays on 50/50 balls.
A strong-armed quarterback is best to utilize that talent. While Taylor has good deep accuracy, he does not have the strength to utilize Williams’ abilities to the max.
While Mike Williams’ numbers are likely to drop due to an offensive transition towards the running and short-pass game, Taylor and Williams can still be a good match.
Justin Herbert and Mike Williams – Compatibility grade: A-
On the other hand, Justin Herbert is an excellent match for the type of deep threat that Mike Williams is.
Herbert has a strong arm that can make great use of Williams’ talents. The perfect quarterback for a receiver like Williams is one that has the arm strength to stretch the field and loft the ball up high.
Once Justin Herbert grows in his confidence and ability to read defenses, he will be a perfect match to do that with Mike Williams. This compatibility between the two may improve the chances that Mike Williams gets resigned next offseason.