LA Chargers: Can Tyrell Williams top last year’s numbers?
After a surprisingly solid 2016 campaign, can LA Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams top last year’s production?
It was all I could think as I watched Keenan Allen being carted off the field at Qualcomm Stadium last year. After that initial despair came this: time for Tyrell Williams to step up.
The situation with Allen and Williams was eerily similar to the game in 2013 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Allen was a rookie and Malcom Floyd was the primary wideout. Remember the awful feeling of seeing Malcom Floyd take that hit from Demeco Ryan, writhing on the turf, then being placed on a cart? Then it was Allen who had to step up.
Bolts’ signal-caller Philip Rivers has been quoted often in stating that to him, Williams is reminiscent of Floyd (M80). The way they move is more like gliding; the way they both went up to grab those high-flying lobs was a sight to behold. Fortunately, Floyd and Williams had the 2015 season to work together, providing Williams the chance to hone his craft and pick Floyd’s brain.
Williams went from being buried on the depth chart to becoming the No. 1 receiver for Rivers. Their chemistry was a mix of joy and frustration for Chargers fans. The undrafted second-year player (2015, Western Oregon) was targeted 20 times and led the team with 69 catches. He compiled 1,059 receiving yards with seven touchdowns.
If you played fantasy football last year, Williams was the guy many picked up when KA13 (Allen) was lost. I had him and his numbers certainly saved a game or two for me! Per FFToday, the kid finished 13th among wideouts with a whopping 147.9 fantasy points. He bested the likes of Amari Cooper (144.9), Larry Fitzgerald (138.9) and Julian Edelman (134.3).
Presently, Williams is second on the depth chart behind Allen. If rookie Mike Williams was not beginning the season on the PUP list, that could be a third- or fourth-string designation, as Travis Benjamin is amping up the competition. Once again, opportunity is knocking on the door for No. 16.
Does Tyrell Williams exceed 1,000 yards this year? I suspect the answer is no, he does not. So long as KA13 is in the lineup, I do not anticipate Williams seeing that number. Attainable numbers could look like 825 yards on 60 catches and five TDs.
Of course, there is a caveat to that: the injury bug. Hopefully it does NOT disrupt Allen’s performance for the third year in a row. My fingers and toes are crossed for that!
Looking forward to YOUR thoughts on how Tyrell Williams does in 2017.
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