Tyrell Williams enjoyed a breakout second season for the Chargers in 2016. Williams led the Chargers with 69 catches and 1,059 yards. It was the 36th 1,000-yard season in franchise history, and he became the 15th Chargers player to top 1,000 yards. Williams also had seven touchdown catches, tied for second on the squad.
Williams led the Chargers with a 15.3-yard receiving average (min. 10 rec.). He had six catches of 40 yards or longer, which tied for most in the NFL and 19 catches of 20 yards or longer which tied for sixth in the League. His 15.3-yard average was 12th in the NFL in 2016.
Williams originally joined the Chargers in 2015 and as an undrafted rookie from Western Oregon. He was one of only four undrafted rookies to earn a spot on the active roster out of training camp. Early on, Williams saw action on special teams before spending two months on the practice squad until he returned to the active roster for the final seven games. For the most part, his playing time was limited to special teams, but in the Bolts 2015 regular-season finale at Denver, Williams was called upon to play wide receiver, and he caught his first NFL pass for an 80-yard touchdown on Jan. 3 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. It tied for the 11th-longest catch in franchise history, and it was the longest first catch by a player in team annals. It was also the longest first catch by any player in the NFL since 2008.
Williams is the first player from Western Oregon, located in Monmouth, Ore., to play for the Chargers. In fact, Western Oregon was so small that Williams had to hold his pre-draft Pro Day at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., some 20-plus miles from Monmouth. Williams was a three-time first-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference at WOU, and he finished his career as the school’s all-time leader with 165 catches, good for 2,792 yards and 21 touchdowns. Williams was also the 200-meter champion at the GNAC’s 2014 Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Williams’ brother, R.J., also played at Western Oregon. He and Tyrell were teammates though R.J. played cornerback for the Wolves. He now works for Nike in their social media department. The boys’ father, Raymond, played football at the Oregon Institute of Technology. Younger sister, Peighton, attends Cascade High School where she competes in basketball, volleyball, and track.
Both of Williams’ parents work for the corrections department in Oregon. His father works in youth corrections, while his mother, Vicky, works at the state’s maximum-security prison in Salem.
Williams’ hobbies include basketball, spending time at the beach, badminton, and pickleball.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed with Chargers May 15...waived Sept. 19...re-signed to Chargers’ practice squad, Sept. 22...re-signed to active roster, Nov. 21.
2017: Appeared in all 16 games and started 15 at WR, posting 43 receptions for 728 yards (16.9 avg.) and four TDs…Combining an 80-yard TD in 2016 and two 75-yard TDs in 2017, became the first player in team annals to have multiple receiving TDs of 75-plus yards…With 114 career receptions, ranks No. 5 in receptions by an undrafted player in Chargers history…Moved into fourth in career receiving yards by an undrafted player in team annals, finishing the year with 1,877 career receiving yards…at Denver (Sept. 11): Started at WR, his first in a season opener, appearing on 55 snaps on offense…Hauled in a team-high five catches for 54 yards (10.8 avg.)…vs. Miami (Sept. 17): Opened the game at WR, seeing action on 52 offensive plays, tops among Chargers wide receivers…Posted 54 receiving yards on four catches (13.5 avg.)…vs. Kansas City (Sept. 24): Posted two receptions for 15 yards (7.5 avg.) after starting his third game of the season at WR and playing on a season-high 71 offensive snaps…vs. Philadelphia (Oct. 1): Posted first 100-yard game of the season and fourth of his career, hauling in 115 yards and a TD on five receptions (23.0 avg.)…The 75-yard TD came in the second quarter after getting behind the Philadelphia coverage to haul in the pass from QB Philip Rivers…It was the second-longest of his career (80-yard TD at Denver, Jan. 3, 2016)…Coupled with the 80-yard score during the 2015 season, became the first Charger in franchise history to have multiple receiving TDs of 75-plus yards…Appeared on 50 snaps on offense after opening the game at WR, registering the 16th start of his career…at New York Giants (Oct. 8): Made a 22-yard catch in the first quarter that, coupled with a New York unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, put the Chargers in to Giants territory leading to a TD reception by RB Melvin Gordon…Started at WR, appearing on 66 offensive plays and his first special teams play of the season...at Oakland (Oct. 15): Appeared on 44 plays on offense and two on special teams after starting the game at WR…Posted three catches for 27 yards (9.0 avg.), surpassing 90 career receptions and ending the game with 1,436 career receiving yards…Early in the fourth quarter, passed Danny Woodhead (1,429) for the fifth-most receiving yards by an undrafted player in team history…vs. Denver (Oct. 22): Started at WR, marking the 30th game played of his career…Posted an 11-yard reception and saw action on 43 offensive snaps…at New England (Oct. 29): Appeared on 46 plays on offense, catching a pass in the middle of the field on a sluggo post-route for 24 yards in the second quarter…The catch brought his career total to 1,471 receiving yards, passing WR Dontrelle Inman (1,463) for fourth in team history among undrafted players…Sealed a lane with WR Mike Williams for RB Melvin Gordon to post an 87-yard TD run in the first quarter…at Jacksonville (Nov. 12): Started at WR, marking the 20th start of his career…Saw action on 43 offensive plays and one on special teams…Caught two passes for 49 yards (24.5 avg.), including a 30-yarder on a flag-route in the second quarter to surpass 1,500 career receiving yards…vs. Buffalo (Nov. 19): Played on 61 offensive snaps after opening the game at WR…Posted an 11-yard reception…On the catch, ran a drag-route from the right side of the formation on third-and-11, hauling it in before hurdling over S Micah Hyde to convert for a first down…at Dallas (Nov. 23): Opened the game at WR, playing 60 snaps on offense and one on special teams…Posted two catches for 58 yards (29.0 avg.) and a TD…On third-and-11, ran a drag-route from the left slot and caught the ball two yards downfield before turning up the right sideline for a 31-yard gain…Two plays later, got behind CB Anthony Brown on a go-route down the right sideline to catch a 27-yard TD pass from QB Philip Rivers in the front right corner of the end zone for the 10th TD of his career…vs. Cleveland (Dec. 3): Started at WR, playing 51 offensive snaps, finishing with an eight-yard reception…The catch brought his career total to 99, passing Alfred Pupunu (98) for eighth in team history among undrafted players…vs. Washington (Dec. 10): Registered four catches for 132 yards (33.0 avg.) and a 75-yard TD, all in the first half…In the second quarter, motioned from left to right before the snap and ran a post-route, getting separation from CB Josh Norman and S D.J. Swearinger to haul in a 75-yard TD pass from QB Philip Rivers…The four catches brought his career total to 103, tying Mark Seay (103) for seventh in team history among undrafted players…at Kansas City (Dec. 16): Started at WR, posting three catches for 31 yards (10.3 avg.) on 53 offensive snaps…Added five plays on special teams…Broke a tie with Mark Seay for sole possession of seventh in Chargers history for receptions among undrafted players…at New York Jets (Dec. 24): Started at WR, playing 57 snaps on offense…Tied a season high with five receptions for 50 yards (10.0 avg.) for 110 career catches, bringing him past Dontrelle Inman (107) and Mike Tolbert (109) for career receptions in Chargers history among undrafted players…Kept drives alive in the first quarter with a pair of third down receptions that moved the chains…vs. Oakland (Dec. 31): Registered 67 receiving yards on three receptions, including a 56-yard TD catch in the second quarter…On the score, got behind defenders as QB Philip Rivers stepped up in the pocket to avoid pressure…Opened the game at WR, appearing on 49 plays on offense.
2016: Two long catches on scoring drives Sept. 11 at Kansas City...33-yard catch on 3rd-and-6 during first touchdown drive of game and later 38-yard catch on 3rd-and-2 during second-half field goal drive...44-yard touchdown catch on 3rd-and-12 for 28-0 lead during 38-14 win vs. Jacksonville Sept. 18...earlier in game, helped Chargers take 14-0 lead by converting 3rd-and-7 with 12-yard catch to Jags’ six and late in contest, helped Bolts extend lead to 38-7 with five-yarder on 3rd-and-3 during FG drive...helped set up third quarter-touchdown for 19-13 lead Sept. 25 at Indianapolis with 22-yard catch followed later in drive with 19-yarder to Colts’ 13 on 3rd-and-2 play...made first NFL start vs. Colts...first NFL 100-yard game (117) Oct. 9 at Oakland...included 29-yard TD catch for 7-3 lead and 50-yard catch that helped set up TD for 24-16 lead...career-best 140 yards on seven catches (20.0 avg.) in 33-30 overtime win at Atlanta Oct. 23...six-yard catch on 3rd-and-5 and 49-yarder to Atlanta 10 helped set up TD on game’s opening drive...in second quarter, caught 39-yarder on 2nd-and-16 from deep in own territory to help kickstart another TD drive that began to erase 17-point deficit...went over 100 yards for game on 39-yard catch...late in fourth quarter, 10-yard catch to five on 3rd-and-10 that led to TD one play later to get Chargers within three (30-27)...six-yard TD catch in second quarter for 16-0 lead in 43-35 win vs. Tennessee Nov. 6...Nov. 13, 51-yard TD catch gave Chargers 24-21 lead with 4:04 left in fourth quarter...game-high 125 yards receiving vs. Dolphins...during third-quarter TD drive for 17-14 lead, caught passes of 12 yards on 3rd-and-4 and 21 yards on 3rd-and-10...21-yard TD catch for 14-7 lead at Houston Nov. 27...Bolts won game, 21-13...40-yard TD catch for 21-17 third-quarter lead Dec. 4 vs. Tampa Bay...marked fourth-straight game with TD catch...46-yard catch to Panthers’ seven to help set up first TD of game Dec. 11 at Carolina...added 22-yard catch to Panthers’ 22 on another TD drive...one-handed, one-yard TD catch on 3rd-and-goal on first series of third quarter Dec. 24 at Cleveland...also had catches of 20 and 16 yards on drive...team-high 70 yards receiving to finish season with team-high 1,059 yards.
2015: First NFL catch went for 80-yard touchdown Jan. 3 at Denver...tied for 11th-longest catch in franchise history...longest first catch by player in franchise history and longest first catch by any player in NFL since 2008.
COLLEGE: Four-time All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference, second-team in 2011 and first-team 2012-14...Don Hansen D-II All-Super Region Three as senior...school’s all time leader with 165 catches, good for 2,792 yards and 21 TDs...two-time GNAC Player of Week...played at Western Oregon from 2011-14...200-meter GNAC Outdoor Track and Field champion in 2014...exercise science major.
PERSONAL: Born in Salem, Ore. ...all-state in football, basketball and track as senior at Cascade High School in Salem...two-time first-team all-league in all three as junior and senior...invited to play in Shriners All-Star Game and Oregon Athletic Coaches Association Basketball All-Stars Game.