In a seminal success for the Chargers in 2018, it was Mike Williams who came up clutch and produced in prime time.
As the 2019 season inches nearer, it’s Williams who will need to come up clutch and make regardless of what period as his role will no doubt grow with the Los Angeles crime.
Quite simply, as one Williams has departed, another Williams will arrive at his place.
“We lost a large weapon in Tyrell [Williams to the Raiders, so] many people in the area need to step up,” Mike Williams told reporters via the group website. “I feel as me being the player that I am, I feel like I can do that… I feel like the role is going to change. I feel I’m going to find a lot more opportunities than I did this past year. A good deal more balls. I am looking forward to it.”
Within the data, there’s plenty of evidence this Williams already came up clutch plenty of occasions last year.
He was tops among all receivers with 83.7% of receptions heading for first downs and his nose to the end zone has been displayed to the song of 11 total touchdowns.
His consistency wavered, however, as he had one catch or fewer in six games. Then there was the aforementioned big game in prime time, as he hauled in a season-high seven catches for 76 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Chargers’ 29-28 triumph over the Chiefs in Week 14. So he flashed , but came up empty.
That will have to change as he probably joins Keenan Allen and Travis Benjamin in L.A.’s starting receiver group.
At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Williams is your prototypical NFL wideout. He has been around the depth chart behind the likes of Allen and another Williams. His figures improved greatly out of his rookie year to his sophomore year, increasing from 11 catches for 95 yards in 10 games with one start to 43 grabs for 664 yards and 10 receiving scores in 16 games with five starts. All of the signs are there for a big leap for Williams in 2019, including what he is saying.
“Well, this is my third year going into the offense,” he said. “I am a lot more confident coming out here and playing. My role will expand with Tyrell leaving. I am looking forward to that. I’m all set to make some plays this forthcoming season.”