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.
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.