3 Chargers who absolutely must step up with Mike Williams out vs Jaguars

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2. Donald Parham

Joshua Palmer cannot do everything Mike Williams can do as there is no player in the league that can make the kind of contested catches that Williams does. However, with the combination of Palmer running the route tree and Donald Parham being a big-bodied target, the Chargers might be able to make up for 90% of what Williams could have brought.

The Chargers really need to lean on Donald Parham in short-yardage situations as well as in their trips to the red zone. The Bolts have really struggled to throw the ball inside the 20 this season and luckily they are playing a Jaguars defense that has not been good in the red zone.

Parham may not have the contested catch ability as Williams but he is going to have a natural mismatch regardless of who lines up against him. With a humanoid quarterback who can hit a penny from 50 yards away, the Chargers can really take advantage of any size disparity.

Parham isn't just important in the passing game. He is also important in the running game as arguably the best blocker in the tight end room (imagine saying that two years ago). The run game is the engine of this offense and having Parham help set the edge is going to be huge to getting that part of the game going.

The Jaguars are at their worst when they are lined up against 12 personnel (one running back, two tight ends). We should see a lot of those looks on Saturday with Parham on the field alongside Gerald Everett, Allen and Palmer.