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LA Chargers: Who does and doesn’t benefit from Mike Williams’ injury

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers on the sidelines during a 19-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers on the sidelines during a 19-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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LA Chargers that do not benefit:

K.J. Hill:

This is not a case of K.J. Hill being hurt by Mike Williams missing time in practice, as he naturally will get more snaps as a result, but it does not directly impact him as much as the other receivers on the team.

Hill is a slot receiver through and through and the Chargers will not play him on the outside unless it is an absolute necessity. Hill is a really promising rookie who thrived at Ohio State, but the seventh-round pick doesn’t have an increased stock because of Williams being out.

Hill is so similar to Allen and with Williams out the team likely will look towards dynamic playmakers like Reed or speed killers like Guyton before Hill. For that reason, Hill does not benefit from Williams’ injury.

Tyrod Taylor:

A non-receiver! Tyrod Taylor is not going to suddenly look worse or lose his starting job because of Mike Williams’ injury, but he certainly does not benefit in the slightest from Williams missing practice time.

Taylor is taking over the offense from Philip Rivers, who had really good chemistry with Williams and is going to have fewer chances to build up that chemistry because of this.

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It might seem trivial, but this is important, especially for a new starting quarterback. Building up that trust and relationship has to be done in practice with no preseason games and now it is going to be more of a learning process.

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