Williams caught both of his targets for 27 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-20 win over the Bills.
It was a bit disappointing to see Williams only targeted twice as No. 3 wide receiver Travis Benjamin (foot) was inactive for Sunday's contest. Still, Williams corralled his first career touchdown early in the first quarter, holding onto the catch despite being hit by two different defenders. After the game Williams hinted the pass was drawn up specifically for him, which would seem to suggest the second-year player is becoming a more prominent target in the red zone. Given his large frame (6-foot-4, 220 pounds) it wouldn't be a surprise to see Williams gain more looks near the end zone as the season progresses.
Finally healthy after a season plagued by back and ankle injuries, Williams has been impressive thus far in camp, creating real strides not just as a red zone threat, but an all-around receiver. Williams will likely slot in behind Tyrell Williams (foot) as the No. 3 wideout when the season starts, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the former No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft progress further up the depth chart the more acumen he builds with quarterback Philip Rivers.
The second-year receiver made his one catch count, showing off his athleticism by going up high and over the defender to snare the throw from Geno Smith. Williams saw Tyrell Williams draw the start opposite Keenan Allen, but he has the talent to challenge the latter for the No. 2 role as the season unfolds. Last season's seventh overall pick is now at full health after a back injury limited him to 10 games in 2017, and a pass-heavy Chargers offense should help him exponentially improve on last season's modest 11 receptions.
Williams is off to a good start at training camp, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
The No. 7 overall pick in last year's draft had a quiet rookie season, initially limited by a back injury and then by a crowded depth chart. While the Chargers still have an impressive receiver group, there should be more total snaps to go around in 2018, as the team figures to decrease its use of two-TE formations after losing Hunter Henry to a torn ACL in May. It sounds like Williams is off to a strong start in his bid to displace Tyrell Williams or Travis Benjamin for a regular spot in the offense.
Williams (hamstring) was back on the field for Monday's OTA session, Eric Williams of ESPN reports.
Williams missed a handful of practices last week while dealing with a hamstring strain, but as expected, it was nothing overly serious. He was already back on the field Monday and 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.
|3||9/23/18||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/4/18||@ SEA||4:05 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ PIT||1:00 pm|
|15||12/13/18||@ KC||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||10||1||11||95||8.6||20||0||1||0||7|
|2018||Los Angeles Chargers||2||1||7||108||15.4||25||1||2||0||7|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||10||1||1.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||Los Angeles Chargers||2||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|