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 produced in prime time.
As the 2019 season inches closer, it’s Williams that will need to come up clutch and also make regardless of what period as his role will no doubt increase with the Los Angeles offense.
Quite simply, as one Williams has departed, yet another Williams will arrive at his place.
“We lost a large weapon in Tyrell [Williams to the Raiders, so] a lot of people in the area need to step up,” Mike Williams told reporters via the group site. “I feel like me being the player that I am, I feel as though I could do this… I feel like the role is going to change. I feel I will find far more chances than I did this past year. A good deal more balls coming my way. I am looking forward to it.”
Within the statistics, there’s loads of proof that this Williams came up clutch lots of times last year.
He was tops among all recipients with 83.7 percent of receptions going for first downs and his nose for the end zone has been exhibited to the song of 11 total touchdowns.
His consistency wavered, though, because he had one grab or fewer in six games. Then there was the aforementioned major game in prime time, as he hauled in a season-high seven catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns from the Chargers’ 29-28 triumph over the Chiefs in Week 14. So he flashed brilliance, but came up empty.
That will need to change as he likely joins Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin at L.A.’s beginning receiver group.
In 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Williams is the prototypical NFL wideout. He has been around the depth chart behind the likes of Allen and another Williams. His numbers improved exponentially out of his rookie year to his sophomore year, rising from 11 catches for 95 yards in 10 games with one start to 43 grabs for 664 yards and 10 receiving scores in 16 games with five starts. All the signs are there to get a large leap for Williams in 2019, for example what he’s saying.
“Well, this is my third season going into the crime,” he said. “I am far more confident coming out here and playing. My role will expand with Tyrell leaving. I am excited about that. I am ready to make some plays this forthcoming season.”
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