Los Angeles Chargers: Breakout Candidate – Mike WIlliams
If the Los Angeles Chargers want to be successful they’re going to need a lot of help on the oﬀensive side of the football. Phillip Rivers has to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league with the worst luck. Each season he ﬁnally looks to join the elite quarterback conversation, the Chargers have bad break after bad break. For some reason, they’ll start out 6-1 or 5-2 to ﬁnish the season 9-7 or worse and miss the playoﬀs. Which has to make you wonder, do the Chargers have enough depth each year to get by? Insert Mike Williams.
The Chargers felt one of the biggest areas of need was wide receiver. Sure the team has pro bowl caliber Keenan Allen paired with Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams who have shown ﬂashes in the past. However, the Bolts need consistency. They need a receiver who will show up week after week and put points on the board.
At Clemson, Mike Williams worked the entire ﬁeld. His ability to attack the football and snatch passes away from defenders help him be a huge target for the quarterback. With long arms and big hands, his catch radius seems ever growing. If Williams can get back on the ﬁeld after an early injury, he should be an immediate red zone threat for the Chargers. Pair him with tight end Antonio Gates and the duo will make it hard for defenders to play in tight quarters. Statistically, his 2700+ yards and 21 touchdowns in college aren’t jaw dropping numbers for a 4-year player but a neck injury derailed his season in 2015.
With Williams, he’ll have a long way to go at the NFL level but that doesn’t mean he won’t be successful. He needs to work on looking the ball in and catching before thinking run. He often suﬀers from a case of the drops from time to time but he more than makes up for it with big play potential. On routes that go A to B he’s a sure ﬁre target but he’ll need to work on making better breaks and shedding defenders early against the tougher defenses in the league.
With Mike Williams, the Chargers might not get an instant stat machine, but they will be rewarded with a big time playmaker. Taking passes away from defenders will make up for what he’s not getting in yards in keeping the chains moving or scoring points. If the Chargers struggle to move the ball around, he could easily be Rivers go to receiver in the red zone. If he can get back healthy, Mike Williams should be projected between 8-10 touchdowns for the Bolts. Those numbers aren’t bad for a rookie receiver.