WR Mike Williams - Los Angeles Chargers
|6-4, 218||Born: 10-4-1994||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2017|
2019 Week 1 vs IND (3 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
The early passing targets were dominated by Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler. In fact, Williams' first catch didn't come until there was 3:24 left in the first half. He and Rivers just didn't seem to be on the same page on multiple occasions. Williams made a big catch over the middle in the second half for 17 yards, but tried making a few cuts after the catch to pick up extra yardage. It initially appeared that he had injured his hamstring, but it was later reported as a knee injury. For what it's worth, Williams remained on the sideline in the second half after the injury.
2019 Week 2 vs DET (5 / 3 / 83 / 0 rec)
Mike Williams had an up and down day against the Detroit Lions. He drew two end zone targets and could not catch either early in the game. He made up for it making a spectacular play at the end of the half to set up a field goal attempt. He also had a good catch on a dig in a tight window across the middle of the field. Williams missed practice time during the week with an injury, so but came out of the game unscathed. His status during the week is important to monitor as the Chargers head to Houston in week three.
2019 Week 3 vs HOU (7 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Mike Williams had a decent game in a loss to Houston on Sunday. He made catches to move the chains across the middle but had multiple near misses that could have provided a big fantasy output. He drew a defensive pass interference along the perimeter, fell down coming out of a break deep down the sideline, and had a catch that would have set the Chargers up in the red zone called back by holding. Williams drew another desperation target in double coverage at the goal line that was well defended by the Texans. Keenan Allen had his way on the day against the Texans, but Williams was the second most targeted receiver and played noticeably better than Travis Benjamin. He will look to improve his prospects next week against the Miami Dolphins.
2019 Week 5 vs DEN (13 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)
Williams was essentially the go-to guy for Philip Rivers in terms of the wide receivers. With Keenan Allen being blanketed in coverage all game long, and the running backs largely doing their passing game work on checkdowns and swing passes, the responsibility fell on Williams to be the primary playmaker down the field. The results were a bit of a mixed bag, with Williams making several key long receptions down the seam but also hauling in less than half of the passes that were intended for him. His day had an inauspicious start, when he was targeted over the middle on a pass that was just a bit too high. He got a hand on the pass, but all he could manage was a deflection which then bounced right into the waiting arms of a defender for the interception. His afternoon didn't get much better soon after when he was targeted on a sideline out route. The pass was incomplete, but more importantly Williams took a hard fall along the sideline. He remained on the ground for several moments and appeared to injure either his back or his ribs on the play. He left the field walking very gingerly. Surprisingly, he came back in the game and grabbed a quick slant over the middle with about five minutes left in the first half. He added several more key grabs over the middle as the Chargers began moving it a bit. He did get a red zone target from ten yards out, but the timing was disrupted by the pressure on Rivers. He then added a short grab that he took to the 3-yard line, trying to lean into the end zone but the defense held up. In the second half, the running backs dominated the targets but Williams still added a few grabs on the late game "garbage time" drive with the Chargers down by ten. But he never really got close to scoring again.
2019 Week 6 vs PIT (10 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)
Williams was a frequent target and when he wasn't making sprawling catches or breaking/eluding tackles, he was in position to get the ball only for good defensive plays to either force bad throws or break up the pass at the moment of truth. One end zone target was broken up on a good play and another deep target was over the outside shoulder when Williams was expecting it to over the inside shoulder - if it was thrown there, it could have been a long score. Williams was the team's best wide receiver in the loss.
2019 Week 7 vs TEN (6 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Williams had a relatively quiet game, but he was involved in some of the most key plays of the game. He was targeted on an end zone pass over the middle early on, but the ball was fired way over his head and into double coverage. Williams, who has dealt with some various bumps and bruises this season, hit the ground hard after the incompletion. But he appeared to be fine with no lasting effects. Later in the first half, he made a spectacular catch on a ball thrown over his head. He managed to hang onto the ball with his fingertips and toe-tapped the sideline to remain in bounds. It was initially ruled incomplete, but the Chargers challenged the call and it was overturned after the replay review. Williams had a key third down reception on the last drive of the game, bouncing off the defender and diving ahead to get the Chargers into field goal range (which would have tied the game). He was then targeted on a jump ball in the end zone for what would have been the go-ahead score. While Williams didn't catch the ball, he did draw a pass interference penalty to set up a first and goal at the goal line.
2019 Week 8 vs CHI (6 / 3 / 69 / 0 rec)
Despite seeing roughly half the number of targets and receptions as Keenan Allen, Williams out-gained him through the air thanks to a 43-yard first half bomb. He went deep down the sideline and made a tremendous effort to sky high for the deep ball, out-leaping both defenders who were converging on the football. Williams sort of owed that kind of effort to Rivers after making a weak effort to come back to the ball on a Rivers interception. The pass was woefully underthrown, but Williams waited for the ball while the defender made a big break on the pass, and picked it off. Williams could have had a much bigger day, as he allowed a deep ball to go through his hands in the end zone. He had beaten his defender and Philip Rivers put the ball exactly where it needed to be, but Williams couldn't corral the pass. Williams came up hobbling after the play and briefly left the game. He came back in two plays later, but his relevance to the game ended with yet another dropped pass.
2019 Week 9 vs GB (4 / 3 / 111 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Williams only saw a handful of catchable passes, but he sure made them count. He picked up 57 yards on a crossing route early on when the defender tried jumping the route and going for the interception. Williams snagged the ball with one hand, then raced up the sideline to stay away from defenders and take it to the 13-yard line. Williams' other big gain was a second half deep ball down the seam. At first, it appeared he had jumped a bit too soon. But upon replay review, it looked like it was intentionally early so that he could kind of shield the defender out with the back of his body. Williams went up and plucked it out of the air, tallying 46 yards on the play. It was the first play from scrimmage for the Chargers since Green Bay's first points of the game, so it was a pretty big statement play on an afternoon that was full of them.
2019 Week 10 vs OAK (3 / 2 / 55 / 0 rec)
Williams' name wasn't even mentioned until just over ten minutes remained in the third quarter. He finally got on the statistical board with 3:46 left in the third quarter when he picked up 45 yards on a jump ball down the middle of the field. Rivers flipped it up into coverage, but Williams went high for it, juggled the ball briefly, and regrouped to haul it in. He later made a very strong catch over the middle of the field with several Raider defenders all over him. He managed to hang on as he was being dragged down, and it was an impressive display of strength. The play probably shouldn't have even counted because a Los Angeles lineman should have been whistled for a false start, but the officials missed it.
2019 Week 11 vs KC (5 / 2 / 76 / 0 rec)
Williams may not have seen a great deal of targets, but he made them count. He went up high on a deep ball down the sideline and looked like he had the ball in his hands as he was being dragged down, but it popped out just as he hit the ground. He made up for that on the ensuing drive to pick up 26 yards on a deep shot over the middle. He went high over the defender to snatch the pass at its highest point to come down with it. In the second half, he drew a 25-yard pass interference penalty on a fade pattern down the sideline. But he saved his best for last on the team's final desperation drive. With the Chargers backed up on their own side of the field and no timeouts remaining, Williams made one of the best plays of the year in hauling in a 50-yard bomb down the sideline. He was ruled to have gotten out of bounds to stop the clock, which enabled the team to settle in and get the ball into scoring position. Unfortunately for the Chargers, the drive stalled there as Williams wasn't targeted again with the team in the red zone.
2019 Week 13 vs DEN (7 / 5 / 117 / 0 rec)
Williams continues to be wildly efficient even with a somewhat limited target count. Despite seeing just seven targets in this game, Williams went over 100 yards and hauled in arguably the two biggest plays of the game for the Los Angeles offense. Late in the first half, his defender appeared to fall down and Williams shook loose for a 52-yard bomb. It was his seventh reception of at least 40 yards this season, which leads the league. It also helped set up the ensuing play, a touchdown pass to Austin Ekeler that put the Chargers within a touchdown. Late in the game with the Chargers season on the line and facing a fourth and 11, Rivers again looked to Williams, this time on a floater up the sideline. With a defender hanging all over him, Williams snagged the ball with one hand while pinning it against his body, somehow hanging onto it as he hit the ground. It was a truly outstanding catch, and probably the most impressive and important play by a Charger offensively this season - especially when considering the context. It got the team in range to connect for a game-tying field goal that would have sent the game to overtime, but the Charger defense allowed Denver to march down and kick the game-winner in regulation.
2019 Week 14 vs JAX (3 / 2 / 63 / 1 rec)
Williams was extremely quiet for most of the game, with his first catch coming with less than six minutes remaining in the third quarter (it did go for a first down). But as has been typical for him, he got open for a deep ball that salvaged his fantasy afternoon. Rivers connected with Williams on a 44-yard bomb down the seam. There was excellent coverage by the defender on the play, but a little better effort by Williams to get his hands on the ball and eventually corral it for the score. There was actually simultaneous possession on the play, which by rule goes to the offensive player. Amazingly after being one of the league's best scorers a year ago, this was the first touchdown of the season for Williams.
2018 Week 1 vs KC (6 / 5 / 81 / 0 rec)
After a rookie season that was almost a total loss, fantasy owners were excited to see what Williams had in store for his first fully healthy extensive NFL action. The end result was mostly positive. He was targeted on an early two point conversion attempt that the defender made a nice play on, but he showed a real knack for being able to get open almost at will in the second half. The announcers mentioned that Rivers compared him to Vincent Jackson or Malcom Floyd, a big-bodied receiver who can win the jump balls deep down the field and use his frame to shield out defenders. Williams had several such opportunities in this game, and ran good routes featuring nice cuts. Additionally, he was one of the few Charger targets who didn't drop a pass in this game, which certainly endeared him to Philip Rivers as the game went down the stretch.
2018 Week 2 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 27 / 1 rec)
Williams had a quick start to his afternoon, leaping high in the end zone for the team's first score of the game. Philip Rivers kind of floated it up there, and Williams went high while taking a big hit from the safety. But he managed to sort of shield his body and cradle the ball in so it wasn't knocked away. It was his first career touchdown, and demonstrated the trust Rivers has in him in the red zone. He made another tough grab to convert a third and long shortly thereafter, with a veteran move of coming back to the football rather than waiting for it to get to him. Like much of the Los Angeles offense, he went quiet in the second half as the Chargers really kept the ball on the ground (and didn't really have success when they DID throw it).
2018 Week 3 vs LAR (7 / 4 / 81 / 2 rec)
Williams started off his afternoon about as good as can be, with a spectacular leaping/diving touchdown catch from 42 yards out. He had defenders right on him, but he managed to maintain a laser focus on the ball all the way through the catch and to the ground. Replays showed he actually hit the ground pretty hard and it took him awhile to get to his feet, but he remained in the game and seemed no worse for wear. He proved that by adding a second touchdown grab in the second half. Facing a fourth down, Philip Rivers put a pass right on Williams' hands. With the defender hanging all over him, he kind of flopped his body forward and lunged over the goal line for the score. It was another tremendous individual effort, and this performance will certainly go a long way towards him being the second option in the passing game after Keenan Allen (who limped off the field late in the game).
2018 Week 4 vs SF (3 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
A week after breaking out for two scores, Williams was largely a non-factor in this game. His first catch didn't come until late in the third quarter. He made a tough grab in traffic for 15 yards, taking a big hit right as he caught it with the defender's arm draped in front of him. Later, Williams was targeted on a deep ball down the sideline, but Rivers overthrew him by several yards.
2018 Week 5 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Williams was targeted on a deep ball down the left sideline on a third and long early in the game, but the pass never had a chance of being completed due to good defense. He did come up with a couple of big plays despite that, two nice receptions over the middle and one end-around reverse handoff (which was negated by an illegal block in the back penalty).
2018 Week 6 vs CLE (4 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
With the Chargers completing just twelve total passes in the game, there wasn't a lot of action for the secondary receivers. Williams was targeted on a deep ball from the shadow of his own end zone, but there was missed timing between he and Rivers. Williams did have a quick inside cross for a minimal gain on a second down slant, but that was his only catch of the game. With Keenan Allen having so much success running the ball, the Chargers opted to get Williams involved in the same way. He also picked up ten yards on his lone rush attempt, as the Browns were just powerless to stop that play.
2018 Week 7 vs TEN (3 / 1 / 55 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Williams was given several opportunities to make plays in the passing game, although only one of them ended up being converted. He was targeted in the first half on an end zone pass attempt, but the defender was all over him and knocked the ball away. It would have been a really difficult catch, but instead the team settled for a field goal. Williams did connect on a long completion with Rivers in the second half, getting wide open behind the defense with nobody around him for a 55-yard touchdown. The defense was caught peeking into the backfield, and Williams got by them in an instant. The ball hung up just a bit, but Williams was so open that it didn't really matter. He had a chance to add to the touchdown tally later in the game when he was targeted on a red zone attempt over the middle. Again the defender had tight coverage on him, but the ball was perfectly thrown and right on his hands. Williams, however, couldn't haul it in and then he was shaken up on the play. He eventually got up and gingerly jogged off the field with an apparent hip injury of some sort, so the Chargers upcoming bye week will come at a good time for him.
2018 Week 9 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 30 / 1 rec)
Williams had just one catch in the game, but boy did he make it count. On a back shoulder pass along the sideline, Williams hauled it in with the defender hanging all over him. He then spun out of the tackle, somehow tip-toed the sideline while remaining inbounds, and took off for the end zone. Replays appeared to show Williams' heel touching the sideline at around the 8-yard line, but after review the officials ruled that the touchdown stood. It was surprising even to the announcers, who assumed it was going to be ruled a catch and out of bounds at the 8. Williams had earlier come close to bringing in a deep jump ball down the right sideline. He actually did come down with the pass initially, but couldn't hang on as he went to the ground. It would have been a really nice catch, but he just didn't squeeze it and the force of the ground popped it loose.
2018 Week 10 vs OAK (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
The Chargers only threw 26 passes, but nonetheless Williams' usage pattern continues to be inconsistent. He wasn't thrown to once in the passing game, but got a rushing attempt in the second half on an end-around that went for no gain.
2018 Week 11 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 56 / 0 rec)
Williams had two long catches in the game to make the most of his limited opportunities. He shook loose down the sideline for a wide open gain on third and 10 early on. Williams later added a terrific grab deep down the right sideline to convert a third and 3. He went up high to snag it at the highest point (all hands), and managed to hang on despite the defender hanging all over him and trying to drag him down. In the second half, Williams dropped an easy third down quick slant that would have kept a drive alive, a really bad drop. He didn't see another target.
2018 Week 12 vs ARI (4 / 4 / 25 / 2 rec)
Williams took full advantage of his four targets, turning two into touchdowns. Williams is at his best on high-point opportunities and converted both against Arizona. Williams has struggled to separate with most of the route tree, but with the ball in the air, Williams excelled this week. Williams is up to seven touchdowns on a mere 24 receptions on the season, a disappointing volume for the second-year receiver drafted in the top-10. This week had Tyrell Williams out, which did not aid Mike Williams in terms of volume. Williams has not seen more than four targets in a game since Week 3.
2018 Week 13 vs PIT (3 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
Williams made two nice sliding grabs over the middle to convert first downs, one in the first half and one in the second. The first one set up the long Travis Benjamin touchdown. His last reception of the game was probably his most impressive, going high in the air to pick up 18 yards on a third and 14 with the Chargers trailing 23-7. He appeared to be injured on the play and was looked at on the sideline for quite awhile. So while Williams didn't get a heavy volume of passes thrown his way, he more than made up for that on the degree of difficulty.
2018 Week 14 vs CIN (6 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
Williams continues to get oh so close to fantasy relevance with each performance, but tends to always come up just short of being useful. In this game, he had three nice grabs that went for first downs. One of them was a terrific play where he used his length to go high over the middle to snatch a third and 10 pass from over the outstretched arm of a defender to pick up a key conversion at a big moment. But he just missed out on a 17-yard highlight-worthy sideline catch in the first half when he juggled the ball as he went to the ground. And later in the game, he had his hands on a pass in the end zone but some nice defense knocked the ball away at the last second before he could secure it (the ball may have actually been intended for Tyrell Williams, who was behind him).
2018 Week 15 vs KC (9 / 7 / 76 / 2 rec, 1 / 19 / 1 rush)
With Keenan Allen exiting the game early due to an injured hip, it fell to the shoulders of Williams to pick up the slack. And from all indications, he was more than ready for the challenge. After hauling in a deep ball down the left sideline (that could have gone for a score if it hadn't been underthrown), Williams appeared primed for a big day. Two plays after Allen was hurt, Williams went high in the end zone to scare a touchdown reception. He had a couple other key receptions in the first half, one of which was a back shoulder pass to convert a huge third down and 12. He was targeted in the end zone on the next pass, but Rivers was hit as he threw and the ball sailed way too high and out of the back of the end zone. In the second half, Williams took over. He took a toss on a reverse, found a slot between defenders to dart through, then took off for the end zone like a bullet. He got to top speed very quickly, showing a very strong burst to shoot through the defense and get into the end zone. A nice head fake at the goal line was all it took to get over the line. Late in the game with the Chargers driving for what was supposed to be the game-tying score, Williams drew a questionable pass interference penalty in the end zone. It looked like the officials called the defender for dragging Williams' arm down, even though it seemed like he wasn't even trying to use that arm to catch the ball and the pass may have been uncatchable anyway. Regardless, it set the Chargers up near the end zone and once again Rivers went right back to Williams. He snagged a score along the sideline to make it a 28-27 game. Officials went to replay to confirm the score since the ball kind of appeared to move in Williams' hands, but it was determined that the catch was clean. After review, the Chargers opted to go for a game-winning two point conversion attempt. Rivers lofted a pass to a wide open Williams for the conversion and the win. If Keenan Allen is forced to miss any time going forward, Philip Rivers' decisions in this game emphatically suggest that he is willing to trust Williams in the absolute biggest of situations at any time.
2018 Week 16 vs BAL (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
One week after a career game, Williams came crashing back to earth against the stout Ravens defense. Williams' day started off with an unfortunate result, as he was the target of a deep ball down the sideline on the first offensive play of the game. The pass was thrown into tight coverage and ended up getting intercepted. Later on, Williams hauled in what appeared to be a 28-yard gain over the middle on a perfect touch pass from Rivers. But an illegal motion penalty on Keenan Allen negated that grab. Later on, Williams had his defender beaten down the sideline but Rivers couldn't quite get it to him in stride. It may have been pass interference, but no call was made. Finally, Williams made a play that counted when he took a handoff up the right side for a 4-yard gain and got absolutely drilled at the end of it. Soon after, he finally made a catch that counted but it went for very minimal yardage.
2018 Week 17 vs DEN (6 / 5 / 65 / 1 rec, 1 / -11 / 0 rush)
Williams has emerged as a premier red zone threat for the Chargers, but has made his presence felt "between the 20's" in recent weeks as well. He made a terrific leaping grab along the sideline for 18 yards on his first catch, going high and catching the ball entirely with his hands after beating the defender back to the football. He later grabbed a bullet pass over the middle, juggling it a bit momentarily but then regrouping to pick up the first down catch. In the second half, he had a similar catch where he displayed nice concentration in traffic with the defender all over him. He used his big body to screen out the defender from the ball and make the catch. And he made another nice similar catch over the middle late in the game with a defender again draped on him. He somehow maintained focus to haul that one in as well. Along the way, he added his 10th touchdown reception of the season. With Denver selling out on the run, Williams used a quick slant inside from the 3-yard line in single coverage to get open. The ball was actually thrown a bit behind him, but Williams made a nice adjustment on it to bring it in for the score.
2018 Week 18 vs BAL (5 / 2 / 42 / 0 rec)
Mike Williams had a quiet game against the Ravens largely because of a conservative offensive game plan. Williams was first targeted in the second quarter on a ball that skipped to his feet, but later caught a comeback along the sideline. He later caught a pass down the seam from the slot that set the Chargers up in the red zone and added a two-point conversion on a blown coverage in the end zone. Williams will look to benefit from what projects to be a higher scoring game next week at New England.
2018 Week 19 vs NE (11 / 5 / 68 / 0 rec)
Mike Williams had an inefficient day in the box score against the New England Patriots. Williams dropped a deep pass that would have gone for at least a 40-yard reception on the second play of the game. However, the inefficiency was not all his fault, as Philip Rivers missed him on multiple throws and threw balls into uncatchable areas his targets. Williams did have a good third down conversion on a skinny post and showed off his catch radius on a slant in traffic. He added another tight window reception across the deep middle later in the game. Williams was the most targeted receiver with Keenan Allen largely taken out of the game by New England's defensive game plan.
2017 Week 6 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
The rookie first round pick finally made his season debut after missing the first five games with a back injury. He was only in for one play early on, but eventually registered the first reception of his career early in the fourth quarter. It was a 15-yard strike over the middle, as Williams went up to go get it and then immediately went to the ground without attempting to get anything after the catch.
2017 Week 7 vs DEN (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams was targeted in the second half on a crossing route, but it was flicked away at the last moment by a defender before it got to him. Had the ball continued through, it actually could have been a nice gain. Later, Williams had an easy first down with room in front of him on a 3rd and 5 slant, but he picked his head up to look upfield prior to actually securing the ball. It was a bit in front of him, but was very catchable and was a very costly play in Denver territory.
2017 Week 8 vs NE (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Williams saw one deep ball target on a third and long pass play that had very little chance of being completed. Philip Rivers seemingly took the deep shot with the knowledge that if it was intercepted, it would essentially be like a long punt. Williams did get his hands on the ball, but with six Patriot defenders around him, it would have been a borderline miracle if he had come up with it.
2017 Week 10 vs JAX (2 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Williams saw two targets for the day but made each a positive gain. On one he got separation vs AJ Bouye on a post, thanks to a good release off the line. He is showing comfort going across the middle for a pass.
2017 Week 11 vs BUF (8 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)
Williams was the second-leading receiver in the game for the Chargers, with most of his action coming late in the game with the outcome already having been decided for the most part. He was targeted in the first half on a deep floater, but despite a significant height advantage over the defender, he couldn't bring it in. He was later targeted on another end zone floater late in the first half with just eight seconds left, but that one never really had a chance of being completed. In the second half, Williams laid out for a diving grab over the middle, demonstrating nice body control in bringing the ball in. But like any rookie, it wasn't a flawless performance. He later caught a short pass about a yard shy of the first down marker on third down, forcing the team's first punt of the game.
2017 Week 14 vs WAS (3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
The Chargers first round pick this past season saw limited action late in the game, with the outcome essentially already having been decided. One pass went for just three yards, and the other two passes weren't close to the mark -- one was even returned 96 yards for a touchdown the other way.
2017 Week 16 vs NYJ (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams struggled again to carve an impactful role, this time against the Jets. Williams dropped a short in-breaking route, another in the end zone, and finally a third drop before exiting with an injury. Williams has yet to post a strong game or move up the depth chart in what has been a lost rookie season.