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Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Date of Birth:  10/04/1994
Age:  24
Height  6'4"
Weight:   218
College:  Clemson
Drafted:  2017 | Round 1 | Pick 7
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (knee) is officially active for Week 2.

Williams was able to get on the practice field on a limited basis for Friday’s practice, which led to some optimism that he’d be able to play today. The third-year receiver reportedly might be used more in red-zone situations, so—while he certainly has multi-touchdown upside—consider him more of a strong FLEX option at less than 100% for this week.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (knee) is questionable for Week 2.

Williams' status looked shaky at best over the past couple of days, but his outlook appears more promising today after a limited practice, and there's now a decent chance he suits up against Detroit. Los Angeles will really rely on the former No. 7 overall pick in the red zone with Hunter Henry (leg) out, so if Williams is active, he'll be a high-upside FLEX option as Keenan Allen does battle with Darius Slay.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (knee) officially did not practice today.

Perhaps Williams can get out there tomorrow and make a push to play on Sunday, but things aren't looking good after Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said yesterday that he was "concerned" about Williams' knee. There hasn't been much word on the exact injury Williams is dealing with, so hopefully more information becomes available in the coming days.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (knee) officially did not practice today.

This was expected after Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said he was "concerned" about Williams' knee. We'll track Williams' status the next couple of days, but perhaps word will come out on the exact nature of his injury soon.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn is "concerned" about Mike Williams' knee.

It seems the Chargers are still evaluated Williams' knee injury, but his outlook for Sunday against the Lions looks shaky at this point. With Hunter Henry already out with a knee injury, Keenan Allen might get 15+ targets this week if Williams is also forced to miss Week 2. Keep in mind that Williams did look like he might have had a chance to return to last Sunday's game, and the injury hopefully isn't something that'd keep him out much longer than this week if he's forced to miss time.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (knee) did not return for the Chargers.

On the sidelines, Williams had his helmet on at one point, and he was also testing out the knee a bit. But he did not return after suffering the injury. Williams' situation will be monitored leading up to the Chargers' Week 2 game against the Lions. Before leaving, Williams caught two passes for 29 yards.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (knee) is officially questionable to return to today's game.

Williams jogged off earlier and was getting looked at on the training table, and now he's officially being called questionable to return. It's probably a good sign that Williams wasn't ruled out immediately, but we'll update you when more information becomes available.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams catches five passes in Chargers' playoff loss.

Williams gained 68 yards on his five receptions against the Patriots. The second-year receiver drew a team-high 11 targets in the Divisional Round loss, as Keenan Allen had to contend with a shadow from All-Pro cornerback Stephon Gilmore for much of the afternoon. Williams made some spectacular catches throughout the game, showing off his elite catch radius while making plays for Philip Rivers. Early in the game, he had a miss on a deep ball that was in his hands, but Williams otherwise played well. It was great to see Williams healthy and making an impact after injury basically wiped out his rookie year, and the Clemson product offers major fantasy upside in 2019 after he recorded double-digit scores this season. Rivers appears to have a lot of trust in his young receiver.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams catches two passes in the Wild Card Round.

Williams gained a team-high 42 yards on his two receptions in the Chargers' playoff win versus Baltimore, including a 28-yard reception on a deep ball where he made a nice diving catch on an accurate throw by Philip Rivers. The second-year receiver next faces the Patriots in the Divisional Round one week from today.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams scores against the Broncos.

Williams caught five passes for 65 yards and a touchdown along with one carry for -11 yards in the Charger's regular season finale win. The score came in the red zone when Williams got open in the end zone. The second NFL regular season for the big receiver ends with 43 receptions for 664 yards and ten touchdowns along with seven carries for 28 yards and a touchdown, and it was great to see him play all 16 games after he battled a back issue as a rookie last year. Williams couldn't get much going against the Ravens a couple weeks ago, but he'll look to make big plays in Sunday's playoff game against them.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams catches one pass against the Ravens.

Williams gained seven yards on his lone Week 16 reception, also adding one carry for four yards. The second-year receiver was targeted on a deep ball down the right sideline to start the game, but it was underthrown by Philip Rivers and Williams couldn't come up with it on an interception. Williams had a nice, fearless leaping catch down the seam on a third-down play, but it was wiped out by a penalty for Keenan Allen not being set at the snap. And late in the game, it appeared that Williams might have been interfered with on another deep ball down the right sideline. Williams will look to have a bigger game next week against the Broncos, but he may not play to end the regular season with LA locked into the No. 5 seed in the AFC.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams scores three times, plays the hero in thrilling win over the Chiefs.

Williams caught seven passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns, also adding a 19-yard rushing touchdown and the game-winning two-point conversion with just four seconds to play. It was a dominant performance as Keenan Allen (hip) was forced out of the game early on, and Williams caught a three-yard score on a jump ball in the second quarter and took an end around into the end zone to start the third quarter before the late-game heroics—another jump ball from one yard away for six and then a wide-open conversion on a busted coverage. If Allen doesn't play next week against the Ravens, Williams would be an immediate WR2 despite a difficult matchup.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams caught three passes for 45 yards in Sunday's win over the Bengals.

Williams has started to become a bigger factor again in recent weeks, but Keenan Allen looks like the only wideout worth confidently starting down the stretch. That said, the Chiefs are a good matchup for Week 15, and Williams had a season-high 81 yards against them in the opener. Consider the Clemson product a FLEX option.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams catches three passes in Week 13.

Williams gained 52 yards on his three receptions against the Steelers, making tough catches in traffic to help keep drives alive when his team needed it. It was a strong showing for the second-year receiver, who is a very reliable target for Philip Rivers and the offense. Williams has upside against the Bengals to open the fantasy playoffs next week.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams scores twice in Week 12 win.

Williams caught four passes for 25 yards, including a couple touchdowns in the first half from nine and two yards away. The Clemson product hasn't been the consistent target that fantasy owners were hoping for entering the season, but he's scored seven touchdowns on 24 receptions, and his 17.5 yards per reception is among the best in the NFL. Williams will be a volatile FLEX option in Week 13 against the Steelers.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams caught two passes for 56 yards in Sunday's loss to the Broncos.

Williams helped set up one of Philip Rivers' scores after a nice grab down the right sideline, but he saw just three targets on the day, and it was his first game with multiple catches since Week 5. The Clemson product carries big-play and touchdown potential down the stretch, but he's a low-floor FLEX option for Week 12 against the Cardinals.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams held without a catch in win over Oakland.

Williams wasn’t even targeted in the 20-6 victory, but he did rush once for no gain. It looked like the Clemson product was going to have a monster season after a hot start, but despite entering Sunday with a touchdown in each of the previous two games, Williams has now caught just three passes over the past four games. We’ll see if he can rebound with a score next week against Denver, but Williams is a low-floor FLEX option for Week 11. 

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams scores in Chargers' win.

Williams caught one pass, but he made it count with a 30-yard touchdown on a back-shoulder pass where he broke a tackle and showed great balance on the sideline before getting in the end zone for six. It appeared Williams stepped out, but the play was surprisingly upheld after replay review. Through eight games, the second-year receiver is on pace for 36 receptions, 676 yards, and ten touchdowns. Next week against the Raiders is a good bet for the big Clemson product to get into the end zone again.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams scores 55-yard touchdown in win over the Titans.

It was the Clemson product's only reception of the game, but he also rushed once for three yards. Williams was able to get loose on the first possession of the third quarter in an eventual 20-19 victory, but he wasn't able to haul in a target in the red zone that went off his hands. The emergence of Tyrell Williams hasn't been a positive for those with stock in Mike, but the Chargers are good enough that both remain solid FLEX plays. Williams also got a little banged up with what appeared to be a back injury, so hopefully the bye week allows him to rest up before a matchup against the Seahawks.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams gets two touches in Week 6.

Williams had one reception for four yards and one carry for ten yards against the Browns. It was Tyrell Williams (three receptions, 118 yards, two touchdowns) that did most of the damage for the Chargers through the air, and the younger Williams has been held to one catch in two of the last three games. He might need a touchdown to deliver FLEX value next week against the Titans.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams caught three passes for 45 yards in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

He also rushed once for three yards. Williams has been relatively quiet over the past two weeks after a hot stretch to start the year, but he remains a high-upside FLEX option in a high-powered offense. We'll see if he can return to the end zone next Sunday against Cleveland in what could turn into a high-scoring affair.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams catches one pass in Week 4.

The second-year receiver made a nice 15-yard catch, but he was targeted just three times in the win over the Niners. Through four games this season, last year's No. 7 pick is on pace for 48 receptions, 816 yards, and 12 touchdowns. He'll look to be more involved in the offense next week against the Raiders.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams scores twice in 35-23 loss to the Rams.

Williams caught four passes for 81 yards, including a 42-yard touchdown catch over two defenders in the first quarter and another 20-yard score in the second half. Fantasy owners were probably avoiding the 2017 first-round pick in a difficult matchup, but he looks to be quickly emerging into a star with lines of 5/81, 2/27/1, and 4/81/2 to start the season. Williams is a FLEX option with great scoring upside against the 49ers (sans Richard Sherman) next Sunday.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams scores first career touchdown in win over the Bills.

It came on a ten-yard pass in the first quarter, and Williams finished with two receptions for 27 yards. The 2017 first-round pick should be owned in all leagues as a potential double-digit touchdown threat alongside Keenan Allen, but fantasy owners should keep him out of lineups against the Rams in Week 3 if possible.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams plays well in Week 1 loss.

Williams caught five passes for 81 yards, which was actually fourth on the team with Philip Rivers throwing for 424 yards. The 2017 first-round pick should be owned in all leagues as a clear breakout candidate. He will look to keep it going next week against the Bills.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

The Chargers may use more three-wide receiver sets because of Mike Williams' emergence.

Jim Trotter of NFL.com wrote a piece about the potential breakout of the second-year receiver, who has made plays all summer, which has everyone with the Chargers excited. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn told Trotter you would think Williams is a "speed-rush defensive end" if you just looked at him, adding: "He's a big man when you get those pads on, and he's going to be another viable option for us. We've got Keenan, but people can double him. They can go double-double on the outside, so you're going to need another big target. I think Mike can do that. We maybe be in more three-wide receiver sets if he keeps coming. Right now, we're putting him in situations to make plays and he keeps making them." Tyrell Williams is likely to open the season as the No. 2 receiver behind Allen, but Williams might play well enough that he forces himself into a huge role for the Chargers. A great talent with Philip Rivers throwing him passes, Williams is obviously one of the best late-round targets in fantasy drafts.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams says he feels 100%.

After tweaking his back on the first day of rookie minicamp last season, Williams only appeared in ten games last season, catching 11 passes for 95 yards. He told the team's official site "I wasn't capable of doing what I can do last year because of the injury," but that he now feels 100%. Williams added that he's looking to "redeem" himself in his second season and that his body feels "totally different" compared to last year. Now fully healthy, Williams could turn into a big weapon for the Chargers in his second NFL season. Fantasy-wise, the Chargers do have a ton of weapons on offense, but he could still emerge as a really good contributor.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams catches one pass in Week 17.

Williams gained eight yards in the final game of his rookie season. The big first-round receiver from Clemson had his training camp and early seaosn derailed by back issues, but it was good to see him get on the field and appear to be fully healthy for ten games. Williams had 11 receptions for 95 yards in his ten games, and he's a great bet to start becoming a bigger contributor for the Chargers in 2018. As of now, it looks like he could be one of the better breakout candidates for next season.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams gets one target in Week 15.

The rookie receiver didn't catch any passes against the Chiefs. He would've had a seven- or eight-yard reception on a pass he came back to the middle of the field for from the outside, but he was tackled as he caught it so the Chargers took the pass interference penalty instead. Williams is just a dynasty-league option for now, but perhaps his role will increase over the final two games of the regular season.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (knee) is officially active for Week 14.

After missing one game because of the knee injury suffered on Thanksgiving against the Cowboys, Williams is back in the lineup for LA. The rookie receiver isn't a recommended fantasy option, but he'll chip in and help Philip Rivers and the offense.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (knee) is officially out for Week 13.

The Chargers were going to evaluate the rookie receiver at the end of the week, and he's not ready to go this week against the Browns. Week 14 seems like a realistic possibility, but it's possible he misses more than just this game because of the knee issue.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (knee) is considered day-to-day.

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn says they'll evaluate the rookie receiver at the end of the week, but it'd be a surprise if he played without practice time. Expect Williams to miss Week 13, but we'll keep an eye on his status throughout the week. It's only Monday, so he does have some time before Sunday.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams' injury is a bone bruise, according to Ian Rapoport.

Rapoport says it's not season-ending, but the rookie receiver will be week-to-week. The 5-6 Chargers are actually in a very good position for the playoffs, so they could probably really use him down the stretch if he can get healthy. Williams can be dropped from all fantasy teams as he hasn't had a huge impact this season, but hopefully he's able to return and make big plays for his team toward the end of the season.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams is believed to have avoided an ACL injury.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says the rookie receiver will get an MRI and the team believes he'll miss some time, but that the ACL is intact. This still sounds like it could keep Williams out for at least a couple of weeks, but we'll learn more after the MRI results are revealed.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (knee) gets carted to the locker room.

Williams was dealing with a knee injury coming into the game, and something must've happened on the first drive of the game to the rookie receiver. He's officially questionable to return, but it doesn't look good right now, which is unfortunate—especially while considering Williams was starting to come on into a bigger role for the Chargers.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams gets eight targets in Week 11.

Williams had his best game of his rookie season so far, caching five passes for 38 yards against the Bills. The big receiver was a reliable target over the middle for Philip Rivers, and his role might continue to grow in the coming weeks. Williams isn't a recommended option in Week 12 against the Cowboys, but he's someone to watch.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams catches both targets in Week 10.

Williams gained 24 yards against the Jaguars, including a long of 20 yards. The rookie receiver appears to be getting more comfortable as he gets more playing time, and his role could grow down the stretch here. He's not yet a recommended fantasy option, though.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams catches one pass in Week 8.

Williams gained seven yards on his lone reception against New England, and he almost had a chance at a long reception on a third-down where Philip Rivers chucked one down the field and gave the big receiver a chance in a jump ball situation with a few guys around him. It wasn't an easy catch for Williams, but it basically went off his hands and is probably a play he'll make as he gets more comfortable in the NFL (and remember, he didn't have a training camp or preseason). Maybe the Chargers will get their first-round pick more involved after their bye, but Williams doesn't need to be on fantasy rosters right now.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams drops his lone Week 7 target.

It was a third down slant that would have picked up the first, but it didn't come back to hurt Los Angeles. Williams could be a bigger factor against New England in Week 8, but he's just a bench stash right now.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (back) will play tomorrow against the Raiders, according to Adam Schefter.

This isn't really breaking news considering the rookie receiver said he expected to play earlier this week. Williams will be making his NFL debut against the Raiders and his presence will immediately add another element to the offense. He's not a recommended option in fantasy lineups in his first game back, but Williams is certainly worth a pick up in all fantasy leagues.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (back) is questionable for Week 6.

The debut of the rookie receiver is very close, but his game status might not be certain until an hour and a half before the late-afternoon kickoff on Sunday. Either way, Williams wouldn't be a recommended fantasy option in his first NFL game after missing five games and the entire preseason, but it'll be exciting when the seventh pick in the draft hits the field.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (back) remains limited in practice.

He's expecting to play on Sunday for the first time, but the rookie receiver hasn't gotten in a full practice yet. Still, he can probably play on just limited practices, and he still has tomorrow to perhaps be a full participant.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (back) is "expecting to play" this week.

The rookie receiver is very close to making his NFL debut, and there's a good chance it'll be this weekend against Oakland. It sounds like the team just wants to make sure he's ready at the end of the week, but Williams seems confident. The former Clemson receiver tweeted on Monday, "Sorry for the wait" with a praying emoji. Though it could've been a reference to something else, we're assuming the seventh overall pick in the draft will suit up for the first time this Sunday. Williams was limited yesterday, but we'll keep an eye on his practice status today and tomorrow.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (back) was a limited participant in practice.

A full participation would've been great, but it sounds like the rookie receiver could get there tomorrow or Friday. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said they'll increase Williams' participation and see where he is at the end of the week. Williams has a real chance to make his NFL debut on Sunday.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (back) is expected to make his NFL debut in Week 6.

ESPN's Adam Schefter—who is basically reporting what has seemed obvious—says the plan has been to have Williams play in Week 6, and he's on track to do so. The rookie receiver from Clemson has been practicing with the team since Week 2, and obviously everything has gone well so far. Expect Williams to be out there against Oakland next Sunday. He's worth a pickup in all fantasy leagues.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Wiliams (back) is officially out for Sunday.

This was expected, though the good news is Williams continues to get in limited practices. Next week might be the week for the rookie receiver, so we'll see if he's able to get in some full practices and make his NFL debut against the Raiders in Week 6.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (back) was limited in practice today.

The rookie receiver continues to be limited as he makes a return from his back injury. He's probably going to need a full practice before he can play, but we'll see if that happens soon.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (back) was a limited participant in practice today.

Williams continues to be a limited participant, which is actually a good sign considering he has not suffered a setback in recovery from his back injury. He's not expected to play this week, but Week 5 is certainly a possibility.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (back) was a limited participant in practice today.

Williams won't be ready for Sunday's game, but it's great to see him putting some limited practices together. Week 4 seems like a definite possibility, but Week 5 might be the best bet for Williams' NFL debut.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) practiced today.

It was on a limited basis, but this is Williams' first time practicing in months, as he missed all of training camp and preseason with the back injury. He's obviously out for Week 2, but getting in a limited practice is definitely a great sign. It's possible he's back in Week 3 or Week 4. Remember: the Chargers didn't put him on the PUP for a reason, he should be good by Week 6 at the very latest if all goes well.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams (back) is out for Week 1.

This was the expectation, but the Chargers made it official when releasing their official injury report for Monday Night Football against the Broncos. The rookie receiver will reportedly be out until October, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him on the field sometime this month. The fact that he wasn't ruled out until now should be seen as a positive sign.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams will not start the season on the PUP, according to Ian Rapoport.

This is great news, as Williams is likely progressing very well from his back injury—otherwise, the Chargers would've placed him on the PUP, which would've kept him out for six weeks. He might not be ready for Week 1, but the seventh overall pick in the draft looks like he should be good to go within the first few weeks of the season (Rapoport says the hope is Williams will be ready for October). Williams would be a big boost to the Chargers offense, and he's worth a flier at the very end of fantasy drafts.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

The Chargers are eyeing an October debut for Mike Williams, according to Ian Rapoport.

Williams, the seventh-overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, has been sidelined in training camp with a herniated disc in his back. The timetable for Williams potential return to the field has ranged all over the place, and October would probably be good news for Chargers fans, as it could be the entire season. He was a top-ten pick for a reason, so Williams might be worth drafting late if you can stash him on IR.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Chargers receiver Mike Williams (back) is running.

Head coach Anthony Lynn said, via ESPN's Eric D. Williams, "he's back on the grass. He's running. He's doing well." D. Williams also reports the Chargers are still hoping the rookie receiver can play in a preseason game to prepare him for the regular season. The team obviously will not rush Williams back though, because any setback could potentially knock him out for his entire rookie season. It'd be huge for the Chargers to get their first-round pick back and healthy this year.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Charegers rookie receiver Mike Williams is not expected to practice during the preseason.

The team announced Williams met with the team doctors yesterday as planned and will continue to "rehab and strengthen his back" while expecting to miss all of training camp. The good news is the team thinks Williams will be able to rehab and receiver to hit the field this season. If they thought the injury was bad enough, presumably they would have had him undergo surgery and get ready for 2018. Alex Flanagan said on NFL Network that Williams was resting his back and is now moving on to rehab. Hopefully the rehab works out and we can see the seventh overall pick on the field this year. He's questionable at best for Week 1, and probably doubtful.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

The Chargers placed WR Mike Williams on the PUP list.

This isn't a surprise, as the rookie receiver is trying to remedy his back issue. GM Tom Telesco said yesterday that he expects to get more news and a timetable on Williams this weekend, so we'll update you when that information becomes available.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

The Chargers are expecting a timetable on Mike Williams (back) this weekend.

Chargers GM Tom Telesco says his rookie receiver has "been responding well" to the second epidural shot he had in his back for his disc issues. Telesco said "he'll see our doctors this weekend and will get more of a timetable of where he is." Hopefully Williams and the team receive good news, as it'd be a tough blow for him to miss most or all of his rookie season.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Chargers rookie receiver Mike Williams says "everything's good" with his back.

Williams said the report of him potentially needing season-ending back surgery is "false information." ESPN's Adam Schefter, who normally is accurate with his info, reported that Williams might not be able to play this season; but NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported after that surgery is "not on the table" for Williams. He won't practice at the start of training camp, but it sounds like the seventh overall pick in the draft should be able to hit the field at some point.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Ian Rapoport says surgery is not on the table for Mike Williams.

Rapoport cites "two sources with direct knowledge" who say it is "NOT on the table now." According to Rapoport, surgery was being considered 3-4 weeks ago, and Williams is improving. So it appears we have conflicting reports over whether Williams' rookie season could end before it starts. The team should shed light on the situation soon.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Garafolo reports Chargers receiver Mike Williams is "feeling better" after his second epidural.

Garafolo also says Williams has resumed running this week, but will start camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. In light of Adam Schefter's report of Williams potentially missing the entire season, Garafolo calls this a "glimmer of good news." Running is obviously a good sign, so hopefully the rookie receiver can continue to progress and hit the field this season for LA. Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, and Travis Benjamin are likely to open training camp as the Chargers' top three receivers, with Dontrelle Inman also working in as a capable and trustworthy guy for Philip Rivers.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Adam Schefter reports Chargers rookie receiver Mike Williams might need season-ending back surgery.

Williams was injured in his first minicamp practice and was diagnosed with a herniated disc that kept him out for the rest of the offseason program. Schefter reports "one source" says Williams might have injured his back before he was drafted but covered it up well enough to still go number seven overall. Schefter also reports that the Chargers are "hoping" to avoid season-ending surgery for Williams, but there's a chance he misses his entire rookie season. Williams reportedly received a second epidural to get him ready for training camp, but the team isn't counting on him being ready. The Chargers has some good depth at receiver, including Keenan Allen returning from his ACL tear, but you have to feel for Williams. Hopefully the talented wideout can get healthy and not miss his entire first year in the NFL.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Chargers rookie receiver Mike Williams is dealing with mild disc herniation in his lower back.

The team says Williams will miss the final two weeks of offseason training. Williams is missing valuable time to get acclimated to the offense, but his health is more important. Hopefully Williams heals up and is ready to be full-go for training camp. Keenan Allen, Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams, and Dontrelle Inman should be considered likely to be ahead of Williams on the depth chart, but that can change when the big rookie receiver gets on the field.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Mike Williams continues to sit out Chargers' OTAs with a back injury.

Williams had back tightness last week, and he isn't recovered yet. The Chargers would like Williams back on the field so he can get acclimated to the offense and form a connection with Philip Rivers, who says Williams can catch up but is missing "valuable time." Williams will try to battle for a starting job as a rookie in a good Chargers receiving group. Either way, he'll get a good amount of playing time and should be a factor in the red zone as a rookie.

Mike Williams | Chargers WR

Los Angeles Chargers select Clemson receiver Mike Williams with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Projected to be the next great Clemson receiver in the league, Mike Williams bounced back from a serious neck injury in 2015 to catch 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns to help lead Clemson to a championship in 2016. Williams should make an immediate impact with the Chargers, using his large frame to bring down 50-50 balls and convert in the red zone. Philip Rivers will probably have a blast throwing to him. LA has an excellent set of weapons around Rivers now.

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