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.
As the 2019 season inches closer, it’s Williams who will want to come up clutch and produce no matter what period as his function will no doubt increase with the Los Angeles crime.
Quite simply, as one Williams has departed, another Williams will arrive in his place.
“We lost a big weapon in Tyrell [Williams to the Raiders, so] many people in the area need to step up,” Mike Williams told reporters via the team website. “I feel as me being the player that I’m, I feel like I can do this… I feel like the function is going to change. I believe I’m going to get a lot more opportunities than I did this past year. A good deal more balls coming my way. I’m looking forward to it”
Within the data, there is plenty of proof that this Williams already came up clutch lots of occasions this past year.
He was tops among all receivers with 83.7% of receptions going for first downs and his nose for the end zone was displayed to the song of 11 total touchdowns.
His consistency wavered, though, as he had one grab or fewer in six games. Then there was the aforementioned 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. He flashed brilliance, but also came up empty.
That will have to change since he likely joins Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin in L.A.’s starting receiver group.
In 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Williams is the prototypical NFL wideout. He’s been on the depth chart behind the likes of Allen and the other Williams. His numbers improved exponentially out of his rookie year to his sophomore season, rising 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 large leap for Williams in 2019, including what he’s saying.
“Well, this is my third year going into the offense,” he explained. “I’m far more confident coming out here and playing. My role is going to expand with Tyrell leaving. I am excited about that. I’m all set to make some plays this upcoming season.”
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