Williams caught six of his seven targets for 108 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-21 win over the Chiefs. With the No. 1 seed in the AFC already locked up, the Chiefs opted to sit the majority of their starters, opening the door for Williams to have easily his second-best game of the season against a depleted secondary. While the 26-year-old did manage to play in all but one game this season, mid-game injuries forced Williams to effectively miss an additional three contests throughout the year, and that doesn't even account for a supposed AC joint sprain in his shoulder toward the end of training camp that was initially reported to require a 3-to-4 week recovery timeline only for the big-bodied wideout to suit up Week 1. Despite entering the final year of his rookie deal next season, the Chargers have never put Williams in a position to truly see whether he'll be worth a major extension in the near future, which could complicate things from a salary-cap perspective. In four seasons, Williams has a year with 10 touchdown receptions on his resume, another year with over 1,000 receiving yards and three consecutive seasons with 40-plus receptions, but the lack of scripted targets at this point in his career is troubling considering the Clemson product has been a reliable part of a small Chargers offensive funnel since his arrival.
Williams caught four of 10 targets for 54 yards in Sunday's 19-16 win over the Broncos. With Keenan Allen (hamstring) sidelined, Williams led the Chargers in receiving yards and tied Stephen Anderson for the lead in catches, but it was still an overall mediocre performance given his season-high target volume. Williams also hasn't found the end zone since Week 11, a slump he'll look to snap in the Chargers' finale next week against a Kansas City team that could be resting key personnel after clinching the AFC's No. 1 seed.
Williams (back) brought in both of his targets for 22 yards in the Chargers' 30-27 overtime win over the Raiders on Thursday night. The speedster was rather surprisingly able to overcome his questionable status heading into the contest and joined fellow wideout Keenan Allen (hamstring) in suiting up, although both players made relatively modest impact. Williams had logged just two snaps against the Falcons in Week 14 before exiting due to the injury, so the fact he was able to play Thursday night would seem to bode well for his chances of garnering active status in 10 days for a Week 16 battle against the Broncos on Sunday, Dec. 27.
Williams (back) is listed as active for Thursday night's game against the Raiders. As is Keenan Allen (hamstring), though ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests that the duo will be on some sort of a "a rep count." With that in mind, Jalen Guyton and Tyron Johnson could be more involved than normal, but Williams will at least give it a go Thursday, a context that makes him a hit-or-miss fantasy lineup option in Week 15.
Omar Ruiz of NFL Network relays that after both Williams (back) and Keenan Allen (hamstring) tested out their injuries in pre-game warmups, Allen gave "a thumbs up that both he and Williams will play" Thursday night against the Raiders. Confirmation of the duo's status, either way, will arrive when the Chargers' inactives are released prior to Thursday's 8:20 ET kickoff. Previously, it was thought that Williams would be out, but now it looks like he may give it a go after all.
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