General manager Tom Telesco believes Williams has the ability to handle a high-volume role if needed, Ricky Henne of the team's official website reports. "[Williams] had a great year for us," Telesco said Thursday. "But we're also in an offense where we have a lot of guys to get the football to, so he didn't have 80, 90 or 100 catches, but he has that type of ability." The seventh overall pick from the 2017 NFL Draft enjoyed a breakout of sorts during his second pro season, parlaying 66 targets into a 43-664-10 receiving line (10.1 YPT, 15.4 YPR) in an offense that gave most of the volume to its running backs and Keenan Allen. Williams should get more chances in 2019 with Tyrell Williams expected to find a new home this offseason, but the Chargers also will need to find targets for tight end Hunter Henry, who returned from a torn ACL to play 14 snaps in a playoff loss to New England. As much as he's deserving of additional opportunities, it's hard to see how the 24-year-old wideout would draw more than five or six targets per game unless Allen were to miss significant time with an injury.
Williams brought in two of five targets for 42 yards and also caught a two-point conversion pass in the Chargers' 23-17 wild-card win over the Ravens on Sunday. Williams ended up pacing the Chargers in receiving yardage with his modest total, and he logged the longest catch of the day for the team with a 28-yard grab in the second half. He then found himself wide-open in the left corner of the end zone on a two-point conversion play after Melvin Gordon's early fourth-quarter one-yard run. The second-year wideout finished the regular season on a strong note with three touchdowns over the last three games, as well 76- and 65-yard efforts in Weeks 15 and 17, respectively. Now having gotten a taste of some postseason success, Williams will look to take his contributions up a notch versus the Patriots in next Sunday's divisional-round matchup.
Williams hauled in five of six targets for 65 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-9 win over the Broncos. He also lost 11 yards on his lone rushing attempt. WIlliams found himself open in the middle of the end zone for a three-yard score to give his team a 14-3 lead in the third quarter. The Clemson product closed out the regular season with two of his three biggest games of the year in terms of receptions, producing five and seven-catch efforts with three touchdowns over his final three contests. Unfortunately for him, he sandwiched those games with a one-catch dud against the Ravens in Week 16, and now he must face them again on the road in the first round of the playoffs.
Williams caught one of his three targets for seven yards in Saturday's loss to the Ravens. A stifling Ravens defense forced Williams to see his fewest targets since Week 13, culminating in his lowest yardage total since Week 6. It's a far cry from his heroic performance last week against the Chiefs, and a reminder that Williams' fantasy production is largely dependent on game script, as Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon continue to dominate the team's touches on a week-to-week basis.
Williams caught seven of his nine targets for 76 yards and two touchdowns in the 29-28 win over the Chiefs on Thursday. He also caught the game-winning two-point conversation, and carried the ball once for 19 yards and a touchdown. It was a coming out party for the 2017 No. 7 overall pick as Williams immediately became the primary target once Keenan Allen left in the second quarter due to a hip injury. Two red zone touchdowns, the latter of which brought the Chargers within one point with four seconds remaining, put an exclamation point on what has been a resounding comeback campaign for the second-year receiver, punctuated by a go-ahead two-point reception. All those superlatives don't do justice for Williams' lone run of the evening, which saw the 6-foot-4 receiver burst through the hole on a jet sweep, showing a nifty amount of agility and power to careen in for his first career rushing touchdown. Williams has easily ascended to the Chargers' best option in the red zone, particularly with the likes of Melvin Gordon (knee) and Austin Ekeler (neck/concussion) on the sidelines, and he could see an even more prominent role in the coming weeks if Allen's injury proves to be serious.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/03||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|11||11/19||Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|17||12/29||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||44||27||380||5||22||14.07||69|