The importance of confidence can never be overstated.
No matter who you are or what you do, confidence can truly make all the difference in the world.
While Mike Williams never said his confidence was shaken, he hasn’t shied away from the fact he didn’t feel like himself during a trying rookie year.
Between missing all of training camp and dealing with a balky back, he wasn’t able to build a rapport with Philip Rivers nor refine certain aspects of his game. All those factors contributed to a disappointing, injury-riddled rookie year in which he caught only 11 passes for 95 yards in 10 games.
The wideout vowed all offseason long that fans are going to see the old Mike Williams in 2018.
The Mike Williams who dominated the collegiate ranks, including a memorable 2016 campaign at Clemson in which he helped the Tigers win the national title by hauling in 84 passes for 1,171 yards and 10 TDs.
So far he’s backing up his words, routinely making highlight-reel catches each day at training camp.
The 6-4, 220-pound wideout excels at using his big frame to box out cornerbacks on 50/50 jump balls. He boasts strong hands to pluck the rock out of the air with ease, and is doing most of his damage with acrobatic catches deep down field.
That’s not to say Williams has been perfect over the first three days. In fact, he’s shown his frustration after a handful of drops which he knows should have been caught.
Still, there’s no denying Williams is looking, and more importantly feeling¸ like his old self as he gets ready for his second season. And all that is adding up to a more confident playmaker.
“Confidence comes with making plays,” he said matter-of-factly. “Playing football, I have made a lot of plays (in my life). I just have to come out here every day and continue to make plays. The confidence will come from that.”
It also comes with building a rapport with his quarterbacks, which he stressed was the number one thing he’s working on at this year’s camp.
“Chemistry with the quarterbacks, that is the main thing,” he explained. “Go out there and get the routes down, get the chemistry going with all quarterbacks. Any particular time, any quarterback can be in the game. Getting the timing down with all of the quarterbacks is probably the main thing.”
Philip Rivers feels the exact same way, and you can count number 17 among those who has been impressive by the 23-year-old wideout.
"It’s great to have Mike out there,” he said. “I know for Mike, he has high expectations of himself. In his mind, he wants to come out and prove himself. We've all seen flashes. We believe in Mike and what he can do. He's going to have to, again, be patient with himself and just keep stacking days. He made a few plays today. You know what he's capable of, it's just going to be how consistent (he can be) and can he be out there every single day, and keep growing with this group.”