Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams burst onto the scene last season. Entering his third season, he is making a case as one of the better big-play receivers in the league.
The undrafted free agent out of Western Oregon had just two receptions in four games in his rookie campaign. It just happened to be for 90 yards and a touchdown. Williams flashed his big-play ability with an 80-yard touchdown catch in Week 16 of 2015.
However, in 2016, Williams emerged as a consistent big-play receiver for the Chargers. Williams appeared in 16 games, starting 12, and hauled in 69 receptions on 112 targets. He amassed 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns. Averaging 15.3 yards per reception.
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Williams was the second best receiver from the slot according to yards per route run. He ranks just behind Jordy Nelson and ahead of Julian Edelman. Not too bad of company to keep for the young receiver.
Chargers WR Tyrell Williams was the second most productive player from the slot in 2016. pic.twitter.com/VnZ9OmmXiX
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 26, 2017
As always, the Chargers offense is expected to score some points. Last year, Williams joined A.J. Green and four other receivers as the only ones to have more than six receptions of over 40 yards. Something he flashed in his big Week 16 game his rookie year. During OTA’s, Williams expressed his eagerness to get back to work and the opportunity to play in a new market.
“It’s a bigger market and there will be more eyes on you, but you’re still playing football so it won’t be anything too crazy,” Williams said via The Sporting News. “I’m looking forward. A different market, and we’ll be in front of some of our fans who couldn’t make it down to San Diego.”
Williams returns to a receiving corps that includes Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin, and newcomer Mike Williams. Former Seahawk Russell Okung and rookie Forrest Lamp should improve a poor offensive line from a year go. With that being said, if Allen stays healthy and Williams builds off his second season, Philip Rivers and the Chargers will undoubtedly have one of the best offenses in the NFL.
– Ian Glendon is a National Co-Editor for cover32 and the Managing Editor for cover32/Patriots. He covers the NFL and New England Patriots. Like and follow on Follow @iglen31 Follow @cover32_NE and Facebook.