Williams registered nine receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown across 17 targets in Sunday's 35-32 overtime loss to the Raiders. It's a bit ironic that Williams tallied his most receiving yards since Week 5 in the team's finale, especially considering the big-bodied target appeared to be one of the league's breakout starts through the first month of the campaign only to completely tail off as the season progressed. While the Raiders would ultimately come away with the playoff-securing win, Williams' 12-yard reception on the final play of regulation put the game into extras, and his 47-yard reception during the Chargers' lone overtime possession was paramount in setting up the game-tying field goal. While the 2017 first-round pick slumped considerably following his scintillating start, Williams easily put together his most complete year as a professional, recording season highs in receptions (76), targets (129), receiving yards (1,146) and receptions of 40-plus yards (nine). That should net Williams, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, a pretty payday from someone -- with the Chargers and their sixth-highest-available cap space likely first in line.
Williams (illness) caught three of his four targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Broncos. Williams was kept in check for most of the afternoon until his beautiful diving 45-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter completely put the game out of reach. One week after missing the devastating Week 16 loss to the Texans, Williams immediately re-asserted himself as a dangerous deep threat. While Sunday's touchdown marked just the second score for Williams since mid-October, he'll likely be leaned on heavily as the Chargers face off against the Raiders next week in a win-and-you're-in situation.
Williams (illness) has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Williams and fellow wideout Jalen Guyton both missed Los Angeles' Week 16 loss to the Texans, but both players are off the COVID list, which sets the stage for the Chargers to have their nucleus of key skill players available for Sunday's game against the Broncos. To date, Williams has logged a fantasy-worthy 64 catches (on 108 targets) for 964 yards and seven TDs through 14 contests.
Williams (illness), who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday, will be eligible to play Sunday against the Broncos if he's asymptomatic or showing improvement in his recovery from the virus at the conclusion of a five-day quarantine, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register previously relayed that Williams, who is unvaccinated, was in line to miss his second straight game this weekend while subject to an automatic 10-day quarantine from his initial positive test. However, with the isolation timeline for all players having now been cut in half after the NFL and NFL Players Association reached agreement Tuesday on changes to the COVID-19 return-to-play protocol Tuesday, the wideout has a chance to play Week 17. Until Williams and Jalen Guyton (illness) are officially cleared from the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Chargers' top available wideouts are Keenan Allen, Joshua Palmer and Jason Moore.
Chargers head coach Brandon Staley confirmed Monday that Williams, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, won't be eligible to play Week 17 against the Broncos, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports. Los Angeles placed Williams on the list Saturday and ruled him out ahead of Sunday's eventual loss to the Texans, but the team didn't provide any specifics behind why he was deactivated. Though Staley didn't go into much detail when talking to the press Monday, his acknowledgement that Williams won't be available for Week 17 confirms that the wideout was placed on the list as an unvaccinated player who tested positive for the virus. As a result, Williams will have to complete a 10-day quarantine dating back to when he first tested positive (Saturday), thereby keeping him out for a second straight game. While Jalen Guyton (illness) also was on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the Week 16 loss, Joshua Palmer (five catches for 43 yards and a touchdown on six targets) was one of the main beneficiaries of extra playing time and looks at receiver.
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