Unfortunately, for the Los Angeles Chargers, three times was not a charm. It took five games, but the Chargers finally picked up their first win of the season against the New York Giants which brought their nine-game losing streak to an end. They should be riding a wave into Week six with the momentum on their side, and their eyes on win number two.
As the Chargers gear up for their game against the Oakland Raiders, we may see another player on the field who could be a very promising addition to the bolts offense. On Friday, Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Mike Williams told reporters that he expects to make his long-awaited debut against the Raiders this Sunday.
Since being picked seventh overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, Williams has yet to be able to show what he can do at the NFL level. His draft and signing celebration was short lived after he suffered a herniated disk in his lower back during rookie minicamp which consequently led to him missing all of training camp. Five games into the season, and we still have not seen him play, but he has been steadily working and progressing behind the scenes.
While Williams is looking forward to getting out on the field, his announcement is a bit premature and optimistic. Thursday was his first time participating in a fully padded practice since being injured and although he responded well to being banged up a little bit, the injury report listed him as questionable.
Even though fans are eager to see Williams in the game, Chargers management has been quite cautious with his recovery. He has not played football since January, so the goal right now is to ease him back into the swing of things rather than rush, and risk a setback. Coach Lynn said that he wants Williams for the long haul, so the decision to play Williams against the Raiders will not be made lightly.
When the time does finally come for Williams to be on the field, he will be a definite threat. Phillip Rivers himself commented on how Williams ‘can be a weapon’ for the Chargers. He attributes this to his physicality and size that allows him to protect the ball and make acrobatic catches with a wide range. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, Williams size and strength will be his greatest asset. Because of his build, he has great potential to be a receiver who will be able to win jump ball situations down the field, move the chains on third downs, and be another big body in the red zone to help the Chargers score.
It is evident that Williams has the makings of an amazing wide receiver, but he is going to have to show a seamless transition from college football to professional football. Despite being a first-round pick, he will have to prove his worth by outperforming the Chargers wide receivers that are already on the roster. Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, and Travis Benjamin are all healthy, so if Williams hopes to get significant game time, he needs to have a spectacular game and be a stand out.
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