WR Tyrell Williams - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-4, 205||Born: 2-12-1992||College: Western Oregon||Drafted: ---|
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Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 17 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 67 / 1 rec)
Williams had a 56-yard score to give the Chargers a lead that they did not give back, but otherwise was a small part of the offense in Week 17.
2017 Week 16 vs NYJ (6 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
Williams saw a hearty six targets against the Jets with his route of choice being a crossing route. Williams uses his speed well across the field more than throttling down on more precision-based routes. Williams' lone deep opportunity was caught but he was just out of bounds before getting his feet in on the play. Williams was wide open on two of his crossing routes and was stuffed immediately after the catch on two other occasions.
2017 Week 15 vs KC (7 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Williams was a busy receiver, if not an effective one. He was targeted on three different deep balls that all fell incomplete and all featured extremely tight coverage (or double coverage in some cases). The first was a deep ball down the right sideline that Williams actually had his hands on, but the ball was knocked away. It was a perfect pass, but didn't have a great chance of being completed. The second was thrown in the end zone and should have been picked off, but the defenders bumped into each other and actually almost tipped the deflection to Williams for a score. But he juggled it too and it fell incomplete. Later in the game, he was again targeted on a deep ball in double coverage, but this time it was actually intercepted. After the play, Rivers incredulously wondered aloud where Williams was going, but it didn't seem to matter. The ball was horribly thrown regardless of where the receiver was going. Williams did have a couple of short grabs over the middle on his trademark crossing routes, but never came close to scoring and certainly outweighed by the negatives on the deep balls.
2017 Week 14 vs WAS (4 / 4 / 132 / 1 rec)
Williams broke open for a 34-yard crossing route on the first offensive play of the game. He's been somewhat invisible lately, so it was important to see the Chargers finding a way to get him involved early. It was a harbinger of things to come, as he had the biggest play of the game early in the second quarter. After being seen talking with Philip Rivers on the sideline prior to the drive, Williams took off on the next play for a 75-yard scoring strike. He broke a bit to the outside, then leaked back to the middle of the field. With no defensive help in the secondary, Williams easily outran his man, Rivers placed the ball perfectly in Williams' lap, and he did the rest of the work in beating everyone else downfield for the score. Around those two big plays, he had two other receptions totaling 23 yards. While Keenan Allen is probably the only Los Angeles wide receiver who can be counted upon for consistent scoring, the stat line for Williams in this game shows the explosive potential of any one of them at any given time.
2017 Week 13 vs CLE (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Once again, the Charger offense put up big yardage totals and a ton of plays from scrimmage, and once again Williams wasn't invited to the party. He caught just one ball, showing very nice hands on a second half out route along the sideline to convert a third down. But he earlier dropped a wide open pass, attempting to turn upfield prior to actually securing the pass. And aside from that, his number wasn't called very frequently. He has gone from the team's best receiver in 2016, to perhaps the fifth or even sixth option in the passing game at this point.
2017 Week 12 vs DAL (3 / 2 / 58 / 1 rec)
With Mike Williams out with a knee injury for much of the game, Tyrell Williams had his best game since the opening month of the season. Williams saw only three targets as Keenan Allen dominated the passing game against Dallas, but optimized his opportunities. Williams showed outstanding hands over a defender on a deep sideline route, a perfect throw by Philip Rivers, as the Chargers broke open the game in the second half. Williams' other reception was a wide open crossing route leading to more than 30 yards. Williams' day could have been even bigger as a contested deep target was tipped away by the defensive back. Williams' involvement in the passing game was centered in the second half with his first target not coming until most of the way through the third quarter.
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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