Chargers offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi predicted Tuesday that Williams should have "nice numbers" in 2021, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Williams hasn't lived up to his status as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 draft, but he's at least been useful as a big-play threat, and he now has arguably the best chance of his career to tack on more volume. Already lacking a reliable No. 3 receiver, the Chargers lost top tight end Hunter Henry (93 targets in 2020) to the Patriots this offseason, replacing him with 34-year-old Jared Cook (60 targets for the Saints in 2020) in what could be a prolific passing offense. Quarterback Justin Herbert averaged 39.7 attempts and 289.1 yards per game last season, but Williams didn't really benefit, as a bunch of the deep throws went to the Chargers' third and fourth wideouts (Jalen Guyton and Tyron Johnson). Meanwhile, Henry, Keenan Allen and running back Austin Ekeler dominated short and intermediate targets. Williams could take a slightly bigger chunk of both route types this season, which would portend well for a breakout in the fifth and final year of his rookie contract.
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.
Williams (back), who is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Raiders, isn't expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reported earlier Thursday that the wideout was a "true game-time decision," but Schefter's latest dispatch suggests that Williams is trending in the wrong direction as the 8:20 p.m. ET contest approaches. The Chargers will release their inactive list approximately 90 minutes prior to kickoff, at which point Williams' status will be officially clarified. Schefter also relays that Keenan Allen (hamstring) is likely to be limited even if he avoids the inactive list, so quarterback Justin Herbert could have to rely on young wideouts Jalen Guyton, Tyron Johnson and KJ Hill more than usual in Week 15.
Williams (back) is a "true game-time decision" for Thursday night's game against the Raiders, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
As is fellow receiver Keenan Allen (hamstring). Either way, the duo's Week 15 status will be revealed upon the release of the Chargers' inactives prior to Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff. In the event that Williams -- who was on the field for just two snaps this past Sunday against Atlanta -- is ruled out for the contest, added opportunities in the team's passing attack would be available for Tyron Johnson.
Williams (back) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Raiders after being listed as a limited participant on Tuesday's and Wednesday's estimated practice reports.
Los Angeles is also listing Keenan Allen (hamstring) as questionable, with the two receivers' Week 15 statuses set to be confirmed upon the release of the Chargers' inactive list approximately 90 minutes prior to Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff. If Williams is limited or out Week 15, added opportunities would be available for Tyron Johnson.
Williams (back) was limited on Tuesday's estimated injury report.
Williams had an early exit from the Chargers' Week 14 win against the Falcons, lasting just two snaps in the process. The oft-injured wide receiver mostly has avoided breaking down this season, but now with a back issue in tow there's a chance he'll miss his second game of the campaign. Wednesday's report may provide a glimpse into Williams' potential to suit up for Thursday's game at Las Vegas.
Williams (back) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate.
Williams was forced out of Sunday's game against the Falcons after logging just two snaps, so his status will need to be monitored in advance of Thursday night's game against the Raiders. If he's limited or out Week 15, added opportunities would be available for Tyron Johnson.
A back issue forced Williams to exit Sunday's game against the Falcons, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Williams wasn't targeted prior to his departure, and if he's unable to return to the contest, he'll look to bounce back in time for the Chargers' upcoming Thursday night tilt against the Raiders.
Williams caught four of nine targets for 43 yards during Sunday's 45-0 loss to the Patriots.
Williams tied for second on the team in targets but grabbed less than half the passes thrown his way and finished with a lackluster average of 10.8 yards per catch. He has now been held under 50 yards in three of the last four games and has just one touchdown in his last five. The downturn in production comes just after Williams seemed to be hitting his stride. He'll look to get back on track in an inviting matchup with the Falcons next Sunday.
Williams (non injury-related) practiced fully Thursday, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
Williams missed practice Wednesday for a non-injury reason, but his return to a full session Thursday indicates that he's good to go for Sunday's game against the Patriots. Williams, who caught three of his five targets for 26 yards in this past Sunday's loss to the Bills, has been a hit-or-miss fantasy option over his last few games, but overall his floor is decent, as the wideout has averaged 3.2 catches and 52.9 yards to go along with four TDs in 10 games to date.
Williams won't practice Wednesday for reasons unrelated to injury, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.
Williams will have two more chances to return to practice ahead of Sunday's contest against the Patriots, so there's not yet any real reason to worry about his availability.
Williams caught three of his five targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 27-17 loss to the Bills.
While Williams saw more offensive snaps (67) than Jalen Guyton (63), they put on a similar performance, both catching three passes for little yardage. Williams' opportunities were limited by a talented Bills secondary, and a massive bump in production next week against the Patriots may not be likely.
Williams caught four of seven targets for 72 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-28 win over the Jets.
Williams created one of the highlights of the game in the second quarter when he caught a pass across the middle and broke through defenders before racing for a 39-yard touchdown. He has now surpassed 70 yards in four of the last six games and has four touchdowns in that span. Williams seems to be developing beyond the feast-or-famine label he had earned over the last few seasons thanks to his improving rapport with Justin Herbert, and the duo will have a chance to continue its recent success in next Sunday's matchup with the Bills.
Williams caught two of his five targets for 38 yards in Sunday's 29-21 loss to the Dolphins.
Williams was overshadowed by Jalen Guyton this week as the No. 3 receiver caught double the number of passes. Quarterback Justin Herbert didn't seem to look for Williams a lot until the fourth quarter, when he dropped two passes and one of his targets got intercepted. Williams also has not registered a touchdown in three consecutive weeks, but he could be poised for a nice outing with the lowly Jets on tap for Week 11.
Williams registered five receptions off seven targets for 81 yards in the 31-26 loss to the Raiders on Sunday.
After just one game with 60-plus receiving yards through the first four weeks of the season, Williams now has three such games (and two in back-to-back weeks) in his last four contests. The nice day will be overshadowed by what amounted to a dropped touchdown from four yards out in the waning seconds as quarterback Justin Herbert lofted a pretty fade route near the right side of the end zone only to have Raiders cornerback Isaiah Johnson break up the pass at the last moment. Williams was escorted off by trainers following the play, but he eventually walked off the field under his own power once the game concluded. Provided the big-bodied wideout is healthy, Williams should see another favorable matchup next week when the team travels to take on the Dolphins.
Williams recorded five receptions on eight targets for 99 yards and a touchdown in Week 8 against the Broncos.
Williams bounced back from a one-catch performance in Week 7 to provide a number of big plays. The most notable came on a 24-yard one-handed touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone. He also added a 36-yard reception and was tackled at the two-yard line, falling just short of a multi-touchdown performance. Williams has been extremely inconsistent through six games, recording under 20 yards in three games and over 65 yards in the other three. He'll look to build on this strong performance in Week 9 in a matchup against the Raiders.
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