Williams (hamstring) was back on the field for Monday's OTA session, Eric Williams of ESPN.com reports. Williams missed a handful of practices last week while dealing with a hamstring strain, but as expected, it was nothing overly serious. He should be good to go moving forward barring any sort of setback. Williams heads into the upcoming campaign battling for a depth role behind the likes of Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin.
Williams is healthy for the Chargers' offseason program, Ricky Henne of the team's official website reports. Williams injured his back shortly after being taken with the No. 7 overall pick in last year's draft, ultimately missing all of training camp and the first five weeks of the regular season. He finished his rookie campaign with 11 catches for 95 yards on 23 targets, logging 234 offensive snaps in 10 games while stuck behind Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin on the depth chart. The Chargers still have all three of those players on the roster, but they presumably hope (Mike) Williams will push Benjamin or Tyrell Williams for a regular spot in three-wide formations. The team retained Tyrell WIlliams with a second-round restricted free-agent tender, while Benjamin has two seasons -- but no guaranteed money -- remaining on his own contract.
Williams did not record a catch in Sunday's win over the Raiders, finishing his rookie season with 11 catches for 95 yards. Disappointing doesn't begin to describe Williams' rookie season, as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft had a hard time even getting on the field, much less factoring in on offense. A herniated disc in Williams' back suffered during the preseason essentially ended the rookie's season before it even began, as the 23-year-old never got in much of a rhythm with quarterback Philip Rivers and was firmly behind Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin on the depth chart by the time he was activated from the PUP list in Week 6. The Chargers presumably invested enough draft capital in the Clemson product to give him an extended run at a starting spot in the near future, but with Keenan Allen locked in as the team's No. 1 receiving option, and Tyrell Williams (restricted free agent) and Benjamin both lingering as potentially receiving threats for seasons to come, it's hard to pinpoint Williams' fantasy worth come 2018.
Williams failed to record a catch in Sunday's 14-7 win over the Jets. Williams did see three targets, but once again failed to make much with them. Injuries have largely hampered the 23-year-old's rookie season, turning Williams essentially into a red-zone specialist (four red-zone targets in nine games). At this stage in his career, being a red-zone specialist might not be a bad thing, but so long as the Chargers still have aspirations of a playoff berth, it's unlikely Williams will be put in a position to produce impressive fantasy numbers.
Williams (knee) caught just one of his three targets for three yards in Sunday's 30-13 win over the Redskins. Williams was hardly utilized given the Chargers raced out to a lead early in the contest. Still, it was encouraging to see the 2017 first-round pick get some action after missing essentially the previous two weeks due to a bruised right knee.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|3||09/23||@Los Angeles Rams||11||18.47|
|4||09/30||San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|15||12/14||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||23||11||95||0||7||8.64||9|