Mike Williams
Mike Williams
25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Los Angeles Chargers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After barely playing his rookie year due to a back injury, the seventh overall pick from the 2017 draft showed encouraging signs during his second season. Although he saw only 66 targets (60th), Williams scored a whopping 10 times (T-6th) and averaged 10.1 YPT and 15.4 YPC. At 6-4, 220, Williams is a huge receiver with a massive catch radius, and the Chargers used him a lot near the goal line - nine (T-8th) of his 66 targets were from inside the 10, and he scored on six. Williams also runs well for his size with a 4.49 40 time at his pro day (he didn't run at the NFL combine). Chargers GM Tom Telesco gave Williams a vote of confidence in March, saying the 24-year-old wide receiver has the ability to handle a high-volume role, and Telesco backed up that confidence by letting Tyrell Williams (65 targets) leave for Oakland this offseason. That makes Mike Williams the primary red-zone and downfield weapon this year while Keenan Allen runs mostly short and intermediate routes. Allen is still the favorite to lead the team in targets, and the Chargers should have Hunter Henry at full strength, but Williams with more volume could push for the NFL lead in touchdowns. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $19.75 million contract with the Chargers in May of 2017.
Will rest knee during offseason
WRLos Angeles Chargers
December 30, 2019
Williams acknowledged after the Chargers' Week 17 loss to the Chiefs that he had been battling pain in his knee throughout the season after getting injured in the team's win over the Colts in the opener, Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
ANALYSIS
While Williams indicated that all follow-up MRIs conducted on his knee cleared him of any major damage and allowed him to play on, he wasn't the dominant force in the red zone he had been in 2018. Despite sitting out just one game, Williams finished with two touchdowns, eight fewer than he registered the year prior. On a positive note, he developed into more of a downfield threat, averaging a career-high 20.4 yards per reception and narrowly clearing 1,000 yards for the season. He'll likely take the necessary time off to rest his knee, but Williams should be good to go for spring workouts, as he's not expected to require any offseason procedures.
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How do Mike Williams' 2019 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
103.8
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.83
 
% Team Air Yards
31.6%
 
% Team Targets
15.6%
 
Avg Depth of Target
17.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
54.4%
 
Drop Rate
3.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.4
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Mike Williams' measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 4"
 
Weight
220 lbs
 
Vertical Jump
32.5 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
15 reps
 
Hand Length
9.38 in
 
Arm Length
33.38 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
A bad back derailed Williams' rookie season as he saw only 23 targets in 10 games. But last year's seventh overall pick is completely healthy heading into OTAs and will get the chance for a do-over. At 6-4, 218, Williams has excellent size and a massive catch radius, making him an ideal red-zone threat. Williams didn't run at the 2017 combine but turned in a 4.49 40 at his pro day. He's strong and athletic enough to make plays even when he doesn't have much separation. Another concern is the Chargers' densely packed depth chart - No. 1 target Keenan Allen finally stayed healthy, and at press time Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin are still on the team. But the Chargers didn't use such a high pick on Williams to have him sit, so he should have a chance to emerge as the team's No. 2 receiver behind Allen. Given Allen's extensive injury history, there's some upside here.
With Keenan Allen presumably coming back from his torn ACL and Tyrell Williams breaking out, the Chargers didn't necessarily need a receiver. But they took Mike Williams with the seventh overall pick anyway. At 6-4, 218 and with a huge catch radius, Williams can make plays both down the field and in the red zone. He's not especially fast -- 4.6 40 -- but given his size and ball skills he can make plays even if he doesn't separate. Williams' route running needs work, and he might not be polished enough for a huge role. There's a fair amount of targets to go around, but Williams has a lot of competition. In addition to Allen and Tyrell Williams, LAC has two capable TEs in Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry and a field-stretcher WR in Travis Benjamin. Williams sat out OTAs with mild disc herniation in his lower back and opened training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The Chargers still hope he'll be ready by Week 1, but his absence from practices (and possibly exhibition games) will make it tougher to earn a major role.
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Quiet finish to season
WRLos Angeles Chargers
December 30, 2019
Williams caught two of five targets for 38 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.
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Can't keep touchdown streak going
WRLos Angeles Chargers
December 22, 2019
Williams caught three of his four targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Raiders.
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Practices fully Thursday
WRLos Angeles Chargers
December 19, 2019
Williams (knee) practiced fully Thursday.
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Limited at practice
WRLos Angeles Chargers
Knee
December 18, 2019
Williams (knee) was limited at practice Wednesday.
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Scores for second straight game
WRLos Angeles Chargers
December 15, 2019
Williams caught four of nine targets for 71 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 39-10 loss to the Vikings.
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