After losing one of Philip Rivers’ favorite pass-catchers in Hunter Henry to a torn ACL, someone needs to step up. Henry was yet to find a full-time role as a pass-catcher until what was supposed to be this upcoming season without Antonio Gates taking snaps away. He still found a way to make an impact in his limited time running routes, catching 12 TDs in his first two seasons.
Keenan Allen will continue to get targets funneled his way, and should lead the team in that department. Don’t forget that the Chargers drafted Williams with the 7th overall pick in the 2016 draft, but he had back issues that lingered throughout last season, which caused his rookie year to be lost. He’s healthy coming into 2018, and will be asked to be that red zone threat he always was. And now with Hunter Henry out of the fold, Williams has the potential to be on the best red zone threats in the league.
Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin each have their roles, with neither of them carving out a consistent enough role to be fantasy relevant. Benjamin only played on a little more than 50% of snaps last season, and even though Tyrell played on 80% of snaps, he only caught 43 passes. With Mike Williams healthy and expected to be fully integrated into the offense, we shouldn’t expect Tyrell’s numbers to go up.
His WRs coach described Mike Williams as having the biggest hands he’s ever coached, and called him a dynamic red zone threat. This tells me that they will be dialing up plays to get Williams the ball in the end zone. He’s physical and can snatch the ball at its high point, and it will be tough for CBs to guard him 1 on 1 with the catch radius he has. If Rivers needs a big bodied receiver to throw to, he might have some comfort throwing to Williams. The Chargers were 7th in the league in pass attempts last season, so there are plenty of targets to go around.
The upside of a highly touted guy like Williams in this offense is huge, and you only have to spend an 11th round pick to get him. What’s not to like?