Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor suggested Williams will be a frequent target of deep passes, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Taylor said 50-50 jump balls are "more like 70-30 or 80-20" when thrown to the 6-foot-4 Williams. It's widely expected that the Chargers will run the ball more as they transition from Philip Rivers to Taylor and Justin Herbert at QB, but there should still be room for Williams to get a few downfield looks per game. While the Chargers also need to feed Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry, their shaky depth at the skill positions could lead to the top four players handling a dominant share of the targets.
Williams had his fifth-year option extended Thursday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.
This one felt automatic considering Williams has improved each of his first three years as a pro. While touchdown regression spoiled a truly standout third-year campaign, the big-bodied wideout still posted over 1,000 receiving yards despite tallying just 49 receptions in 2019. His emergence as a deep-field threat despite playing with a less-than-desirable deep thrower in quarterback Philip Rivers only reinforced Williams' obvious growth at the position. The 24-year-old's development will be a focal point of an offense that will see a new Chargers QB under center -- whether it's veteran Tyrod Taylor or 2020 No. 6 overall pick Justin Herbert -- for the first time in almost two decades.
Williams acknowledged after the Chargers' Week 17 loss to the Chiefs that he had been battling pain in his knee throughout the season after getting injured in the team's win over the Colts in the opener, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
While Williams indicated that all follow-up MRIs conducted on his knee cleared him of any major damage and allowed him to play on, he wasn't the dominant force in the red zone he had been in 2018. Despite sitting out just one game, Williams finished with two touchdowns, eight fewer than he registered the year prior. On a positive note, he developed into more of a downfield threat, averaging a career-high 20.4 yards per reception and narrowly clearing 1,000 yards for the season. He'll likely take the necessary time off to rest his knee, but Williams should be good to go for spring workouts, as he's not expected to require any offseason procedures.
Williams caught two of five targets for 38 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.
Williams joined the Titans' A.J. Brown as one of only two players to record over 1,000 receiving yards while catching 55 or fewer passes on the season, finishing the campaign with 49 receptions, 1,001 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Though his touchdowns were down dramatically from the year prior, Williams' emergence as a dangerous downfield threat was a welcome development for Los Angeles. Still, the 2017 first-round pick was essentially "only" a deep-ball specialist, falling behind the likes of Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler in terms of intermediate and underneath targets. Heading into 2020, the big-bodied wideout is unlikely to have as much difficulty crossing the goal line as he did in 2019, but better health from another red-zone threat in tight end Hunter Henry -- as well as uncertainty at quarterback, if Philip Rivers doesn't return -- could work against Williams' chances of reaching double-digit touchdowns again.
Williams caught three of his four targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Raiders.
Williams very nearly kept his two-game touchdown streak alive, but a pass interference penalty at the goal line ultimately set up a one-yard Melvin Gordon plunge to register the Chargers' first touchdown of the contest. Williams needs 88 receiving yards to post a 1,000-yard season, but after scoring 10 touchdowns in 2018, his two-touchdown output has dampened an otherwise solid year from the 2017 first-round pick.
Williams (knee) practiced fully Thursday.
Williams was limited at practice Wednesday, but his return to full participation Thursday puts the Chargers' starting wideout in line to play Sunday against the Raiders, who have lost four straight contests heading into Week 16. After going 11 games without a TD to start the season, Williams -- who made 11 trips to the end zone in 2018 -- has hit paydirt in back-to-back outings. Now that he's back in scoring mode, the 2017 first-rounder's fantasy outlook is on the upswing in advance of his team's final two regular-season games.
Williams (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.
No surprises here, as Williams has either been limited or held out of practice entirely in each of the last four Wednesdays. The issue hasn't bothered Williams on the field, with the 2017 first-round pick compiling 11 receptions, 251 receiving yards and two touchdowns over the course of the last three games.
Williams caught four of nine targets for 71 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 39-10 loss to the Vikings.
Williams finished second on the team behind only Keenan Allen in targets, receptions and receiving yardage. He gave his team its only lead of the game with a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter, giving him two in as many weeks after going the first 12 games without a score. Williams also broke off a gain of at least 35 yards for the seventh straight game and will look to continue his breakout season in a favorable matchup next Sunday against the Raiders.
Williams (knee) practiced fully Friday and doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Vikings, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
The Chargers have monitored Williams' practice activity carefully for three consecutive weeks due to a knee issue, but it hasn't kept the big-bodied wide receiver off the field during game days. Despite recording three or fewer catches in five of the last six games, Williams has quietly continued to improve in what's shaping up as a career season. The 25-year-old ended his lengthy scoring drought last weekend against Jacksonville, finding the end zone for the first time in 2019.
Williams (knee) was a limited practice participant Thursday.
Listed as limited for a second straight day, Williams may be following the same pattern from last week, when he upgraded to full participation Friday. He then went on to play 71 percent of offensive snaps in a 45-10 win over Jacksonville, hauling in two of three targets for 63 yards and his first touchdown of the season.
Williams (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.
Williams was limited last Wednesday and Thursday with the same issue, but he practiced fully Friday and approached the eventual Week 14 win over Jacksonville free of an injury designation. Look for a similar pattern to occur this week as Sunday's game against the Vikings approaches. The wideout logged 43 of the Chargers' 60 offensive snaps in the blowout victory against the Jaguars, catching two of his three targets for 63 yards and his first touchdown of the season.
Williams caught two of three targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 45-10 rout of the Jaguars.
After finding the end zone 10 times in 16 games last season, it took until Week 14 for Williams to score his first TD of 2019. The third-year wideout has otherwise had a strong campaign, though, and his 841 receiving yards are already a new career high.
Williams (knee) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game in Jacksonville.
For the second week in a row, Williams' practice reps were capped due to a knee injury, but it won't impact his game-day viability. In fact, he's coming off a career-best performance (117 receiving yards) against a tough Broncos defense. He'll look to keep up the pace against a Jags unit that has allowed 8.3 yards per target and eight touchdowns to wide receivers in 12 contests this season.
Williams (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday.
So far there's been nothing to suggest that Williams is in danger of missing Sunday's game against the Jaguars, but it's worth noting that the wideout is the only Chargers player listed as having his Thursday practice participation listed as less than full due to an injury.
Williams was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a knee injury.
Williams caught five of seven targets for a career-high 117 yards during the Week 13 loss to the Broncos, but he failed to reach the end zone for the 11th time in as many outings this season. Positive regression on that front should come for Williams eventually, but he'll have to shake off the knee injury first to make that a reality. It's at least encouraging that the 25-year-old receiver wasn't held out of practice entirely, so his chances of playing Sunday in Jacksonville appear promising for now.
Williams caught five of his seven targets for 117 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Broncos.
While Williams' season-long battle with the end zone continues to get the best of the 25-year-old, it's clear the 2017 first-round pick has easily emerged as the Chargers' premiere deep threat. A 52-yard reception in the first half ultimately set up the team's first offensive touchdown, and it arguably should have been Williams' first jaunt in the end zone as well if not for a woefully under-thrown ball from quarterback Philip Rivers that forced the wide open receiver to derail his momentum on the deep pass. Williams later made a Herculean effort on a 4th-and-11 with just under two minutes remaining in the game, high-pointing the deep pass with one hand to bring in the ball, setting the stage for what appeared to be an overtime-forcing field goal. At some point or another, Williams, who easily surpassed his career high in total receiving yards Sunday, is due for some positive touchdown regression. However, it remains to be seen who will be throwing him the ball, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported earlier Sunday that the Chargers may look to bench Philip Rivers if he continues to struggle.
Williams (knee) practiced fully Thursday.
Williams was limited Wednesday, but his return to a full practice Thursday puts the wideout in line to play Sunday against the Broncos. Ten games into his 2019 campaign, Williams has maintained PPR utility by averaging 3.3 catches (on 6.2 targets) for 66.1 receiving yards, but it's notable that he hasn't scored a TD thus far after making a total of 11 trips to the end zone last year.
Williams was a limited participant at practice Wednesday due to a knee injury.
With the Chargers coming off their bye week, it's notable that Williams is one of four players whose reps were restricted. As Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times notes, Williams dealt with some knee issues earlier this season, so it bears tracking his status this week to see if the wideout's reps are simply being managed at this stage or if there's a setback in play.
Williams caught two of five targets for 76 yards in Monday night's 24-17 loss to the Chiefs.
Williams' performance was highlighted by an outstanding 50-yard reception on Los Angeles' final offensive series. That grab not only set up a dramatic finish to the game but also significantly boosted Williams' fantasy output. In fact, he ended up trailing only Austin Ekeler for the Chargers' team lead in receiving yards. With a catch of at least 40 yards in an incredible four consecutive games, Williams now enters the bye week averaging a whopping 20.0 yards per reception on the season.
Williams secured two of three targets for 55 yards in the Chargers' 26-24 loss to the Raiders on Thursday.
The majority of Williams' production came on a game-long 45-yard grab, but he was otherwise held in check by an aggressive Raiders defense. Williams had put together a season-high 111-yard performance in Week 9 versus the Packers, so the upside is certainly there for the 2017 first-round pick. However, Williams continues to see a relatively modest target share most weeks (six or fewer looks in four straight games), but he'll look to garner more opportunities versus the Chiefs in a Week 11 Monday night AFC West battle on Nov. 18.
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