Williams was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Saturday, as the Chargers aren't quite ready to rule him out for the first six games of the season. He'll still miss Week 1 and likely some time beyond that, but the team expects him to begin practicing at some point in September. Williams will face an uphill battle to earn regular snaps if the Chargers' receiving corps stays healthy, with Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams (groin) and Travis Benjamin set to open the year as the top three options. (Tyrell) Williams broke out for a 69-1,059-7 receiving line last season, and Benjamin impressed during the preseason with a pair of long touchdown catches.
Williams (back) is coming off the Physically Unable to Perform list and being placed on the active roster, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Though he may not be ready for Week 1, this is a clear sign the Chargers expect their first-round pick to be available within the first six weeks of the season. Williams has barely practice since he was drafted and still needs to prove he's worthy of snaps amidst a stacked receiving corps, but he should at least contribute as a red-zone target at some point before the end of the season. The Chargers will enter Week 1 with Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams (groin) and Travis Benjamin as their top three wideouts.
Head coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday that Williams (back) is ahead of schedule in his recovery and has already started to run full sprints, Eric Williams of ESPN.com reports.
On the eve of training camp, Williams required a second epidural to deal with a herniated disc in his lower back, which has forced a stay on the PUP list throughout the preseason slate. While he doesn't have a timetable for a return, his activity level is a sign his absence may not extend too far into the regular season. However, without a definitive time line, anything a representative of the Chargers relays about Williams, even Lynn, should be taken with a grain of salt. In Williams' absence, the Chargers will send out known entities in Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin to head the receiving corps.
|P4||8/30/18||@ BAL||7:30 pm|
|1||9/9/18||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 4|
|5||10/8/18||@ NO||8:15 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|12||11/22/18||@ DAL||4:30 pm|
|13||12/3/18||@ PHI||8:15 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
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