Time is now for Chargers’ Mike Williams ‘to step up’
At a seminal victory for the Chargers in 2018, it was Mike Williams who came up clutch and also produced in prime time.
Since the 2019 season inches closer, it’s Williams who will want to come up clutch and make regardless of what time as his function will no doubt increase with the Los Angeles offense.
Quite simply, as one Williams has departed, another Williams will arrive at his place.
“We lost a large weapon in Tyrell [Williams to the Raiders, so] many people in the area need to step up,” Mike Williams told colleagues through the group website. “I feel as me being the player that I’m, I feel as though I could do that… I feel as the function will change. I feel I will get far more chances than I did this past year. A lot more balls coming my way. I am looking forward to it.”
Within the data, there’s loads of evidence this Williams already came up clutch lots of times this past year.
He was tops among all receivers with 83.7% of receptions heading for first downs and his nose for the end zone was displayed to the tune of 11 total touchdowns.
His consistency wavered, however, because he had one catch or fewer in six matches. Then there was the above big game in prime time, as he hauled in a season-high seven catches for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns from the Chargers’ 29-28 triumph over the Chiefs in Week 14. So he flashed brilliance, but also came up empty.
That will need to change as he probably unites Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin in L.A.’s beginning receiver group.
In 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Williams is the prototypical NFL wideout. He’s been around the depth chart behind the likes of Allen and another Williams. His numbers improved greatly out of his rookie year to his sophomore season, increasing from 11 catches for 95 yards in 10 games with one start to 43 catches for 664 yards and 10 receiving scores in 16 games with five starts. All of the signs are there for a big leap for Williams in 2019, for example what he is saying.
“Well, this is my third season going into the crime,” he said. “I’m far more positive coming out here and playing. My role will expand with Tyrell leaving. I’m looking forward to that. I am ready to make some plays this upcoming season.”
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