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Mike Williams

Mike Williams

Wide Receiver #81
ADP:Round: 9, Pick: 5
Team: Los Angeles Chargers
Ht / Wt:6'4" / 218 lb.
College:Clemson
Age:25
Born:October 4, 1994
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 1 (7)
Draft Team:LAC

Mike Williams: Tacks on fifth year

Williams had his fifth-year option extended Thursday, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.

Analysis: 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.

April 30, 2020 9:38 AM EST

Mike Williams: Will rest knee during offseason

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.

Analysis: 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, Williams 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 next few weeks 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.

December 30, 2019 8:41 AM EST

Mike Williams: Emerges as dangerous deep threat

Williams ended the 2019 season with 49 receptions, 1,001 receiving yards and two touchdowns after just a two-catch, 38-yard day in the loss Sunday to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Williams joined the Titans' rookie receiver, A.J. Brown, as one of only two players in 2019 to record over 1,000 receiving yards while catching 55 or less passes on the season, yet it's hard to really say this season was a drastic improvement upon last year in which he registered an absurd 10 touchdown receptions. Despite a drastic bit of touchdown regression, there are certainly some positives takeaway, starting first and foremost with Williams' emergence as a dangerous deep threat. At 17.1 average depth of target, the 25-year-old ranked behind just Eagles' rookie receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside in terms of players who saw at least 20 targets, further reinforced by Williams top-15 air yard figures (1,438). He could have done even more damage with more opportunities, as Williams' 89 targets pales in comparison to the next lowest -- DeVante Parker -- who saw 128. Still, the 2017 first-round pick was essentially "only" a deep threat, falling drastically behind the likes of Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler in terms of intermediate and underneath targets. The 6-foot-4 behemoth of a wideout is unlikely to only record two touchdown receptions again, but it underscores the dearth of weapons the Chargers have at their disposal in the red zone, although Melvin Gordon's uneasy contract negotiations could remove a critical factor from the puzzle should he opt for a new home in the offseason.

December 30, 2019 7:45 AM EST

Mike Williams: Can't keep touchdown streak going

Williams caught three of his four targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Williams very nearly kept his two-touchdown streak alive, however a pass interference 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, a two-touchdown campaign has ultimately put a down-trodden mark on what should be considered another breakout year from the 2017 first-round pick.

December 22, 2019 5:28 PM EST

Mike Williams: Practices fully Thursday

Williams (knee) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: 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.

December 19, 2019 2:15 PM EST

Mike Williams: Limited at practice

Williams (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: No surprises here, as Williams has been limited or outright held out of practice Wednesday each of the last four weeks. The issue hasn't bothered Williams on the field considering the 2017 first-round pick has compiled 11 receptions, 251 receiving yards and two touchdowns over the course of the last three games.

December 18, 2019 2:08 PM EST

Mike Williams: Scores for second straight game

Williams caught four of nine targets for 71 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 39-10 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Williams finished 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.

December 15, 2019 8:02 PM EST

Mike Williams: Not listed on injury report

Williams (knee) does not carry an injury designation into Sunday's matchup against the Vikings, Gilbert Manzano of The Orange County Register reports.

Analysis: The latest in what appears to be a multi-week pattern, Williams has been a limited participant at practice for three consecutive weeks due to a knee issue, but it hasn't kept the big-bodied wide receiver off the field come Sunday. Despite recording three or less catches in five of the last six games, Williams has quietly continued to improve on what is shaping up to be a career season for the 25-year-old, finally finding his way into the end zone in Week 14 against Jacksonville.

December 13, 2019 12:28 PM EST

Mike Williams: Able to practice again

Williams (knee) was a limited practice participant Thursday.

Analysis: 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.

December 12, 2019 2:02 PM EST

Mike Williams: Limited at practice Wednesday

Williams (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Williams was limited last Wednesday and Thursday as well, as he continues to manage a knee issue, but he then practiced fully Friday and approached Week 14 action 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 a possible 60 snaps on offense in this past weekend''s blowout win over the Jaguars, en route to catching two of his three targets for 63 yards and his first TD catch of the season.

December 11, 2019 2:38 PM EST

Mike Williams: Finally ends TD drought

Williams caught two of three targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 45-10 rout of the Jaguars.

Analysis: 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 is already a new career high.

December 8, 2019 5:40 PM EST

Mike Williams: Ready for Week 14

Williams (knee) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game in Jacksonville.

Analysis: 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.

December 6, 2019 11:30 AM EST

Mike Williams: Still limited Thursday

Williams (knee) remained limited at practice Thursday.

Analysis: 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.

December 5, 2019 2:03 PM EST

Mike Williams: Limited in Wednesday's practice

Williams was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice due to a knee injury.

Analysis: Williams caught five of seven targets for a career-high 117 yards during Week 13's loss to the Broncos, an effort which included a highlight-reel grab on 4th-and-11 with under two minutes left in the fourth quarter, but he's emerged from the contest nursing a knee issue. It's certainly encouraging that the 25-year-old receiver isn't being held out of practice entirely, and there's not yet any reason to worry that he's in danger of missing any time. A total lack of success in the end zone this season has hampered Williams' fantasy upside, but he'll look to account for some positive regression in Jacksonville on Sunday.

December 4, 2019 3:38 PM EST

Mike Williams: Heroic effort not enough

Williams caught five of his seven targets for 117 yards in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: 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, but 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 its veteran mainstay if Rivers continues to struggle.

December 1, 2019 4:56 PM EST

Mike Williams: Returns to full practice

Williams (knee) practiced fully Thursday.

Analysis: Williams was limited Wednesday, but his return to a full practice Thursday puts the wideout in line to play Sunday against the Broncos. 10 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.

November 28, 2019 2:00 PM EST

Mike Williams: Limited at practice Wednesday

Williams (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: With the Chargers coming off their bye week, it's notable that Williams is one of four players listed by the team as limited Wednesday. As Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times notes, Williams had some knee issues earlier this season, so we'll have to see if the wideout's reps are simply being managed at this stage or if there's a setback in play.

November 27, 2019 2:30 PM EST

Mike Williams: Catches another deep ball

Williams caught two of five targets for 76 yards in Monday night's 24-17 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: 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 an incredible four consecutive games with a catch of at least 40 yards, Williams now enters the bye week averaging a whopping 20 per reception.

November 18, 2019 10:01 PM EST

Mike Williams: Sees double-digit targets

Williams caught five of his 10 targets for 72 yards in the 24-17 loss Sunday to the Steelers.

Analysis: Williams briefly left the game in the fourth quarter with a lower-body injury, but was able to return on the team's final possession only to watch quarterback Philip Rivers drastically overthrow the clearly hobbled receiver for the game-ending interception. For a second consecutive week, Williams was the team's most targeted wide receiver, but the stunning lack of production from the 6-foot-4 receiver in the red zone has stymied what many prognosticators expected was supposed to be a breakout campaign. Instead, Williams is on pace to surpass his career high in receiving yards, receptions and targets, but is nowhere near his 10-touchdown total from the 2018 season.

October 13, 2019 9:18 PM EST

Mike Williams: Makes six catches versus Broncos

Williams (back) caught six of 13 targets for 74 yards during Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Listed as questionable with an injury heading in, Williams started and led Chargers wideouts in targets, catches, and receiving yards. He nearly added a couple of big gains to his ledger but came up short on several occasions as he hauled in less than half of the passes sent his way. Still, it was a positive sign to see Williams so involved after missing last week's game, and he should be good to go for next Sunday's home matchup against the Steelers.

October 6, 2019 6:19 PM EST

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