WR Tyrell Williams - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-4, 205||Born: 2-12-1992||College: Western Oregon||Drafted: ---|
Week 12: at Dallas Cowboys
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Keenan Allen exploded last week with 12 receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns. Allen who had shown flashes for sporadic periods of time throughout this season had yet to put one of his vintage pre-injury games together and seeing him do it was very encouraging. The problem for Allen is that will this trend continues where he is the most utilized receiver, as Allen has shown to be inconsistent at times throughout his career. Phillip Rivers has been a model of consistency this season as in every game this season except against the Broncos, Rivers has thrown for over 210 yards, but has only thrown for 300 yards or more one time. While it is not the biggest upside in the world having the dependability on a week-to-week basis is very encouraging for a player who at the moment is a low-end quarterback one, high end-quarterback two. The Cowboys secondary has been about the definition of average throughout most of this season. The Cowboys rank 14th in terms of passing yards allowed and their cornerbacks are not great, but not horrible either as Orlando Scandrick, rookie Jourdan Lewis, and Anthony Brown have all been serviceable throughout the season. The injury to Sean Lee, while it hurts their rushing defense, does help their passing defense as for as bad as Jaylon Smith has been against the run he has been good in coverage this season.
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 11 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
On an afternoon that saw the Chargers put up a whopping 54 points and set a new franchise record for points in the first half, it is obviously noteworthy that Williams managed just one reception. It was a spectacular play, as he literally jumped over a defender's head in the open field (while still maintaining enough body control to land on his feet) while then leaning forward for the first down. But this game was all about the Keenan Allen show, and the defense. If Williams is going to turn in a 1-catch performance on a day that Philip Rivers throws 32 passes, it's tough to see how he will carve out any kind of regular role going forward.
2017 Week 10 vs JAX (5 / 2 / 49 / 0 rec)
Williams saw a good amount of deep ball targets, but he dropped an easy touchdown in the second half. The Chargers did not go to him much more after that.
2017 Week 8 vs NE (6 / 1 / 24 / 0 rec)
For Williams, it was a pretty forgettable afternoon. He caught just one pass, a 24-yard slant over the middle early on, on a perfect pass by Rivers. But in the second half, it was a comedy of errors. First, Williams hauled in what appeared to be a 42-yard touchdown bomb on an acrobatic catch down the sideline. But he was whistled for an illegal touch, since he had gone out of bounds during his route and was then the first player to touch the ball. To make matters worse, he was later whistled for an offensive pass interference penalty that negated a 41-yard catch and run touchdown by teammate Travis Benjamin. Replays appeared to show that the call was a dubious one, but that doesn't make it sting any less. Finally, Williams was overthrown on a deep ball where he appeared to have a step on his defender. And then he capped his afternoon with a dropped ball on a crossing route on the team's last-gasp drive late in the fourth quarter.
2017 Week 7 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Williams brought in just one reception, a crossing route that went for 12 yards on a 3rd and 19 pass play. He was wide open on the play because Denver was protecting deep in case of the long pass. Otherwise, Williams was nearly invisible and even took a back seat to Travis Benjamin in terms of productivity.
2017 Week 6 vs OAK (3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Williams already took a large step back in terms of his involvement when Keenan Allen returned from injury this season; he has now seemingly dropped further down the pecking order, as both Melvin Gordon and Hunter Henry have staked claims to be key performers in the passing game. While the consistency isn't necessarily there, Williams is still making his presence felt in a scaled-down role. He made a tough catch early on a crossing route, picking it with one hand while cradling it against his body to maintain possession off the deflection. He showed really good concentration on the play, something he lacked a bit later on when he coughed up the football for a fumble. He had made a nice gain on a 16-yard crossing route, turning up the right sideline before getting hit from behind and losing it. He wasn't being terribly careful with the football as he was seemingly gearing up for the hit in front of him. He did add a comeback route later on for a first down early in the fourth quarter, so his day didn't end on such a negative note.
2017 Week 5 vs NYG (2 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
With Melvin Gordon and Hunter Henry each seeing eight targets, Williams took a backseat this week against the Giants with only two opportunities. A pick play designed fueled Williams for a chunk catch-and-run on a short crossing route late in the first quarter. Later, Williams dropped a comeback route target. Oakland offers one of the worst passing defenses in the NFL for Williams to get on track next week after his lowest target game of the season.
2017 Week 4 vs PHI (6 / 5 / 115 / 1 rec)
Williams, who had been relatively quiet through the season's first three games, broke out in a big way. Midway through the second quarter, Philip Rivers connected with a streaking Williams for a 75-yard touchdown bomb. He hit Williams perfectly in stride after the receiver beat the last two defenders to the spot, and then simply outran them the rest of the way. He ended his first half with a quick inside slant from the shadow of his own end zone. In the second half, he had two noteworthy receptions. The first was a screen off the line where he did a nice job chipping the blitzer before leaking out over the middle. Rivers fired one to him, and he curled up the field to beat the defender and pick up a first down on third and long. He did a great job using his speed to win the angle and pick up a lot after the catch. Shortly thereafter, he picked up another first down with a crossing route. Williams tried to leapfrog the defender, but was upended on the play. He lost the ball as he hit the ground, but he was ruled to be down by contact so there was no fumble.
2017 Week 3 vs KC (7 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Williams looked pretty good on his handful of opportunities; it's just that there weren't many. He had a nice catch on a third and long pass play right at the sticks to pick up the first down, going low to the ground to bring in the quick pass. But there were a couple of missed opportunities as well. He had a ball on his fingertips on a diving floater along the sideline that he couldn't quite haul in (it would have been a fantastic catch), and another on a deep ball that one defender deflected into the arms of another for an interception (again, that one would have also been a fantastic catch if he had been able to beat them to the ball).
2017 Week 2 vs MIA (4 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
Williams was still involved in the gameplan, but he took a definite back seat to Keenan Allen and Hunter Henry (and for that matter, Melvin Gordon) in the passing game. And near the red zone, Philip Rivers seemed intent on almost forcing the ball to Antonio Gates so he could break Tony Gonzalez's tight end touchdown record. Williams' longest play of the game was a 23-yarder to put the ball deep into Miami territory in the first half that featured a long run after the catch. He added a nice diving grab on the very next play on a comeback route to put the ball in the red zone. But his usage was a bit sporadic from that point forward.
2017 Week 1 vs DEN (7 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Williams is expected to fill the role as the number two wide receiver for the Chargers this season. And with the return of Keenan Allen from injury it was expected that Williams' target share will greatly decrease from last year. But at least in this game, Williams tied for the team lead in receptions and actually led the team in receiving yardage. He was targeted on the first play of the game, but didn't record his first reception until late in the first half. With the offense largely running through both Allen and Melvin Gordon, it was difficult for Williams to get in a rhythm. But in the second half, his targets were more reminiscent of 2016. The quick inside slants and crossing routes were how he did most of his work - and he nearly added another somewhat long reception on the last drive, but a great play by the Denver defender was the only reason it was stripped away for an incompletion at the last moment.
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