Mike Williams: Hurts
I strongly believe (and this is a consensus that a lot of Charger fans seem to agree with) that Mike Williams is the player that is going to be hurt the most by this new-look offense. Williams has made his name thus far in his career as a deep-ball vertical threat and that is not something that fits kindly into this offense.
Of course, it will still be utilized and this is not to say that there won’t be any big throws down the field to Mike Williams from Tyrod Taylor. However, Tyrod is far less likely to throw the ball deep downfield into coverage (which is ironically where Williams picked up most of his yards) than Philip Rivers.
Taylor is not a jump-ball thrower. That is not what this offense is supposed to be.
Williams is still a solid route-runner with sure hands so he will still make plays on shorter and medium routes, that is without question. However, Keenan Allen is going to be the outlet in that department, which likely will impact Williams’ numbers.
Targets are naturally going to go down, that goes without saying. Out of anyone in the offense, it is a lot easier to make the case for Williams getting the biggest reduction in targets simply because of what he offers to the passing game.
This does not mean he is not a talented receiver. He simply won’t be called upon as frequently.