Mike Williams

Los Angeles Chargers
Wide Receiver #81
Los Angeles Chargers
Wide Receiver #81
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Agrees to three-year extension

The Chargers and Williams have agreed on a three-year, $60 million deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Per the report, Williams' new contract includes $40 million guaranteed. The 27-year-old is coming off a 2021 season in which he logged 76 catches on 129 targets for 1,146 yards and nine TDs in 16 games. Now that he's back in the fold, Williams will reprise his starting role opposite Keenan Allen, giving the Chargers and QB Justin Herbert a quality 1-2 punch at wide receiver.

Mar 8, 2022 11:06 AM EST


Incredible fourth QT comes up short

Williams registered nine receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown across 17 targets in Sunday's 35-32 overtime loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: It's a bit ironic Williams tallied his most receiving yards since Week 5 in the team's finale especially considering the big-bodied target appeared to be one of the league's breakout starts through the first month of the campaign only to completely tail off as the season progressed. While the Raiders would ultimately come away with the playoff-securing win, Williams' 12-yard reception on the final play of regulation put the game into extras and his 47-yard reception during the Chargers' lone overtime possession was paramount in setting up the game-tying field goal. While the 2017 first-round pick slumped considerable given his scintillating start, Williams easily put together his most complete year as a professional recording season highs in receptions (76), targets (129), receiving yards (1,146) and receptions of 40-plus yards (nine). That should net Williams, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, a pretty payday from someone with the Chargers and its sixth-highest available cap space likely first in line.

Jan 9, 2022 10:23 PM EST



Late touchdown salvages fantasy day

Williams (illness) caught three of his four targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Williams was kept in check for most of the afternoon until a beautiful diving 45-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter completely put the game out of reach. One week after missing the devastating Week 16 loss to the Texans, Williams immediately re-asserted himself as a dangerous deep threat. While Sunday's touchdown marked just the second score for Williams since mid October, he'll likely be leaned on heavily as the Chargers face off against the Raiders next week in a win-and-you're-in situation.

Jan 2, 2022 5:19 PM EST


Back from COVID list

Williams (illness) has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Williams and fellow wideout Jalen Guyton both missed Los Angeles' Week 16 loss to the Texans, but both players are off the COVID list, which sets the stage the Chargers to have their nucleus of key skill players available for Sunday's game against the Broncos. To date, Williams has logged a fantasy-worthy 64 catches (on 108 targets) for 964 yards and seven TDs through 14 contests.

Dec 30, 2021 2:03 PM EST


Could be cleared for Week 17

Under the NFL's new COVID-19 protocols, Williams, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, could potentially be cleared in advance of Sunday's game against the Broncos, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Gilbert Manzano of the Orange Register previously relayed that Williams, as an unvaccinated player, was in line to miss the contest. However, under the new protocols, the wideout has a chance to play in Week 17. Until Williams and Jalen Guyton clear the current protocols though, the Chargers' top available wideouts are Keenan Allen, Joshua Palmer and Jason Moore.

Dec 29, 2021 8:36 AM EST



Not eligible for Week 17

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley confirmed Monday that Williams, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, won't be eligible to play Week 17 against the Broncos, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Los Angeles placed Williams on the list Saturday and ruled him out ahead of Sunday's eventual loss to the Texans, but the team didn't provide any specifics behind why he was deactivated. Though Staley didn't go into much detail when talking to the press Monday, his acknowledgement that Williams won't be available for Week 17 confirms that the wideout was placed on the list as an unvaccinated player who tested positive for the virus. As a result, Williams will have to complete a 10-day quarantine dating back to when he first tested positive (Saturday), thereby keeping him out for a second straight game. While Jalen Guyton was also on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the Week 16 loss, Joshua Palmer (five catches for 43 yards and a touchdown on six targets) was one of the main beneficiaries of extra playing time and looks at receiver.

Dec 27, 2021 1:40 PM EST


Lands on COVID list

Williams has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Chargers.

Analysis: Williams joins Jalen Guyton on the list, which sets the stage for Keenan Allen and Josh Palmer to serve as the Chargers' top two wideouts Sunday against the Texans.

Dec 25, 2021 1:06 PM EST


Inefficient with targets

Williams (heel) caught just three of his nine targets for 49 yards in the 34-28 loss to the Chiefs on Thursday.

Analysis: Williams briefly left the game in the first quarter after appearing to injury his shoulder on a dropped touchdown pass, but the big-bodied target returned shortly after and looked no worse for the wear. After a scintillating start to the season the 2017 first-round pick has cratered back down to earth with just one touchdown over the last eight games. That could change with a relatively easy matchup against the Texans on tap for Week 16, a game in which the Chargers must win in order to stay in the hunt for a possible wild-card berth.

Dec 16, 2021 9:23 PM EST


Cleared for Thursday

Williams (heel) doesn't have an injury designation for Thursday's game against the Chiefs, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Keenan Allen is back from the reserve/COVID-19 list after missing Sunday's 37-21 win over the Giants, and RB Austin Ekeler (questionable/ankle) has a shot to play Thursday after limited practices Tuesday and Wednesday. Things have gone better for Williams in the second half of the year than during his mid-season slump, but he's still been a distant Option B behind Allen, seeing 5-8 targets in each of the past eight games.

Dec 15, 2021 1:47 PM EST


Bumps up the limited Tuesday

Williams (heel) was listed as limited on Tuesday's estimated report.

Analysis: After not holding practice Monday, the Chargers ran a walkthrough one day later, so Williams' ability to join his teammates on the field is a positive sign he'll be able to play through a heel injury. In the end, though, his listing -- or lack thereof -- on Wednesday's report will be telling for his ability to suit up Thursday versus the Chargers. If Williams ultimately is active, he'll be joined by Keenan Allen, who will return from a one-game absence following a bout on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Dec 14, 2021 3:11 PM EST


Listed as DNP on practice estimate

Williams (heel) was listed as a non-participant on Monday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Williams was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list in advance of Sunday's win over the Giants and ended up logging 59 of a possible 71 snaps en route to catching all six of his targets for 61 yards. At this stage, there's nothing to suggest that the wideout is in danger of missing Thursday night's game against the Chiefs, though a listed upgrade in his participation level come Tuesday would no doubt support that notion.

Dec 13, 2021 3:33 PM EST


Efficient on six targets

Williams caught six passes for 61 yards on six targets against the Giants on Sunday.

Analysis: Williams' fantasy investors might be disappointed to see each of Jalen Guyton, Josh Palmer and Jared Cook catch a touchdown pass in this game, leaving Williams with just one touchdown in his last eight appearances, but Williams did well for himself considering he saw the most of top Giants corner James Bradberry. Williams is a candidate to see targets early and often as the Chargers face the Chiefs for a high-stakes rematch in Week 15.

Dec 12, 2021 4:38 PM EST


Ready to go Sunday

Williams was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list and will play in Sunday's matchup against the Giants.

Analysis: This always seemed like the expectation after Williams was originally placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list due to being a close contact to Keenan Allen. With Allen officially sidelined ahead of Sunday's matchup, the 2017 first-round pick will operate as the team's No. 1 option with less heralded targets such as Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer likely forcing a larger funnel towards the big-bodied pass catcher.

Dec 11, 2021 2:26 PM EST


Trending toward playing Sunday

Coach Brandon Staley indicated Friday that Williams, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday after being deemed a close contact of teammate Keenan Allen, should play Sunday against the Giants, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: The report notes that Allen (who is also on the reserve/COVID-19 list) is not in line to play in the contest and as long as Williams gains clearance as hoped, he should be busy Sunday, while heading a Week 14 wideout corps that will also include Jalen Guyton and Josh Palmer. In any case, the Chargers have until Saturday afternoon to activate Williams from the COVID list.

Dec 10, 2021 1:38 PM EST


Could play Sunday

Williams, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday after being deemed a close contact of teammate Keenan Allen, has reportedly tested negative for the virus, according to Tyler Dragon of USA Today.

Analysis: The report adds that the Chargers are optimistic Williams will be able to play Sunday versus the Giants. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Williams could be cleared by Saturday, based on his understanding that the high-risk close contact occurred Monday.

Dec 9, 2021 11:39 AM EST


Not ruled out for Week 14

Coach Brandon Staley relayed Wednesday that Williams, who has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, was a close contact of teammate Keenan Allen and is considered "day-to-day" in advance of Sunday's game against the Giants, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The same applies to cornerback Chris Harris, and as a result if they continue to test negatively, it's plausible that the duo could end up being cleared for Week 14 action. Allen was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, ESPN.com reports.

Dec 8, 2021 2:40 PM EST


Lands on COVID list

The Chargers have placed Williams on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Fellow starting wideout Keenan Allen was placed on COVID-19 list Monday, which makes the duo's status worth monitoring closely as Sunday's game against the Giants approaches. Next up for the Chargers' WR reps while Allen and Williams are unavailable are Jalen Guyton, Josh Palmer and Andre Roberts.

Dec 8, 2021 1:47 PM EST


Back over 100 yards receiving

Williams caught five of his seven targets for 110 yards in Sunday's 41-22 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Williams' 47-yard reception marked just his second 40-plus yard catch since Week 10. Not coincidentally, Sunday also became just the second game since early October the big-bodied target went over 90 receiving yards in a contest. While the second-half of the season has been devoid of touchdowns, it's at least encouraging to see Williams rack up at least six targets in four consecutive games after a near month-long stretch averaging just five. Expect another solid week as the Chargers take on the struggling Giants in Week 14.

Dec 5, 2021 3:30 PM EST


Non-factor once more

Williams caught four of his eight targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 28-13 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Justin Herbert repeatedly tried to connect with Williams on a number of deep throws, but the end result saw the big-bodied target held under 50 yards for the fourth time in the last six games. After a blazing start to the season which appeared to highlight a rejuvenated Williams, the Chargers have essentially transitioned away from the 27-year-old as a top target, instead turning to Keenan Allen as the main focal point.

Nov 29, 2021 9:33 AM EST


Nets game-winning TD

Williams caught five of six targets for 97 yards and a touchdown in the 41-37 win over the Steelers on Sunday.

Analysis: Williams had essentially been shut down for most of evening until the team's final possession when Justin Herbert beautifully identified a corner blitz and lofted a pass to the big-bodied target, setting up a 53-yard catch-and-run touchdown which put the Chargers on top for good. After a blazing start to the season, Williams has been directly tied down to the offensive struggles over the last four weeks and while Sunday's outing may look good on the surface, it took until the final drive for the 27-year-old to cross 50 yards receiving for just the second time since Week 5. Up next is a difficult matchup against a gamey Broncos secondary.

Nov 21, 2021 9:42 PM EST


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