“Now this looks like the kind of receiver Philip Rivers will love.” That was the sentiment of NFL draft evaluators after the newly relocated Los Angeles Chargers selected Mike Williams, wide receiver from Clemson, with the No. 7 overall pick. Williams was coming off a highly productive season at Clemson, one in which he caught nearly 100 passes while helping his team win a national championship. Cut from a similar cloth as former Rivers favorites like Vincent Jackson and Malcom Floyd, Williams was going to be the next Charger to dominate smaller cornerbacks, to use his size, speed and strength to win the “50-50 balls” Rivers would heave down the field. But 16 weeks into his first season as a professional, those expectations have gone almost completely unrealized. “I feel like I’m comfortable, but I just need more time to gain trust from the staff and the quarterbacks I guess,” Williams said. “That’s what it is.” But time is a limited resource in the NFL for No. 4 wide receivers — no one has time to wait for Williams to catch up.
Chargers receiver Mike Williams works on finding his comfort zone during rocky rookie season
Los Angeles Times | Dec 29