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WR Mike Williams - Los Angeles Chargers

6-4, 218Born: 10-4-1994College: ClemsonDrafted: Round 1, pick 7

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Williams has been ruled out for Week 2 but returned for a limited practice on September 15.

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Philip Rivers and the Chargers passing game have declined of late, and it may not be a fluke. Dating back to the start of 2016, they sit 17th in the NFL in adjusted yards per attempt, a marked dip from Rivers' typical standing. Some of that stems from Keenan Allen's 15-game absence, of course, and they're a better passing game with him on the field. But Rivers' age and the shoddy state of his offensive line could be harbingers of an extended drop-off. Allen dominates volume, but doesn't inject a lot of explosiveness into the offense. He's settling in as a trusted yet limited target from the slot - exceptionally valuable to the Chargers, but capped in eruptive upside. Their best shot at downfield dynamism probably lies in Tyrell Williams, who was truly great in his first NFL action in 2016. Williams averaged a studly 8.9 yards per target and tied for sixth league-wide in receptions of 20+ yards, catching 7 touchdowns along the way. He's talented enough to provide dimension to the offense, if only a complementary role, but the Chargers look like only a slightly above-average passing offense right now. The Dolphins secondary is becoming a later-stage home for formerly elite cornerbacks. Byron Maxwell, once the prize of the 2015 NFL free agency class, will battle his 2014 counterpart, Alterraun Verner, for one of the starting spots. Maxwell was quite solid in his Dolphins debut, and youngster Xavien Howard posted a strong half-season on the other side, but this was still a shaky unit last year on the whole. They were picked apart down the stretch, allowing big passing days to the mediocre offenses of San Francisco, Baltimore, and Buffalo. Reshad Jones' return will definitely help their outlook, but they'll likely struggle sporadically. Their tight end defense is definitely one to target - especially with Timmons and Maualuga pressed into hefty roles. Last season they allowed 60.3 yards per game and 10 touchdowns to the position, so the Chargers duo of Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates could feast.

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Chargers | Wednesday practice report for Chargers (Wed Sep 20, 07:03 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers C Spencer Pulley (knee) and CB Jason Verrett (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. OT Joe Barksdale (foot) and WR Mike Williams (back) were limited, while WR Dontrelle Inman (groin), S Rayshawn Jenkins (shoulder) and OG Kenny Wiggins (ankle) were full participants.

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Chargers | Week 2 inactives for Chargers (Sun Sep 17, 02:42 PM) - The Los Angeles Chargers have declared QB Cardale Jones, CB Jason Verrett, LB Jerry Attaochu, WR Mike Williams, S Rayshawn Jenkins, OT Sam Tevi, TE Sean Culkin inactive for Week 2.

Our View: Verrett being out will help the cause of the Dolphins passing game.

Chargers | Week 2 injury report for Chargers (Fri Sep 15, 04:42 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers CB Jason Verrett (knee) and S Rayshawn Jenkins (concussion, shoulder) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 15, and have been ruled out for Week 2. WR Mike Williams (back) was limited during practice but is ruled out. WR Dontrelle Inman (groin), TE Sean McGrath (knee) and DE Jerry Attaochu (hamstring) fully participated in practice but are listed as questionable. OG Kenny Wiggins (ankle) fully participated in practice and is not on the injury report.

Our View: The loss of Verrett helps the case of Jay Cutler and the Miami offense. One of Kenny Stills, Devante Parker and Jarvis Landry will benefit if rookie Desmond King and Trevor Williams aren't up to the task of playing more snaps.
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Chargers | Mike Williams ruled out (Fri Sep 15, 04:22 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) was limited during practice Friday, Sept. 15, but has been ruled out for Week 2.

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Chargers | Mike Williams remains sidelined (Thu Sep 14, 06:37 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 14.

Our View: Williams is unlikely to play this week and really it sounds like the target date for a return is October. Keep that in mind if you're in need of some bench space, as we don't know when in October or how effective Williams will be when he returns to the field.
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