It takes a lot to be among the top trending topics in all the United States, but that’s exactly what Mike Williams was after his insane 25-yard touchdown catch midway through the third quarter.
In fact, the play was so indicative of how Randy Moss dominated cornerbacks on jump balls that “Moss” was trending as well, with fans comparing the catch to those made famous by the newly minted Hall of Famer.
Still, fans need to temper their expectations heading into the 2018 season. After all, this is just one play in a preseason game. However, it showcased the talent Williams possesses that made him the seventh-overall selection in the 2017 draft.
On 1st-and-10 from the Seattle 25-yard line, Geno Smith dropped back, looking in the back corner of the end zone for the 6-4, 220-pound wideout who had single coverage against Akeem King. The Seahawks cornerback boasts impressive size himself at 6-1, 215-pounds, but he was no match for Williams who rose high, used his strong hands to pluck it over the back of King and got his body in bounds for the TD.
“That’s all Mike,” Smith said. “Mike’s a great receiver, and you need to give him a chance (to go up and catch the ball). The (offensive) line did a great job protecting me and giving me a shot to get back there and deliver. That’s why he was drafted early, and he showcased some of his ability.”
While the catch turned heads from coast to coast, it comes as no surprise to the thousands of fans who’ve come out to Chargers training camp. After all, the touchdown was merely an extension of what he’s done all summer long.
“If you see him in practice, he’s making those contested catches in practice, and he’s been getting better,” Smith added. “I hadn’t seen him last year, but everyone talks about just how much better he’s gotten. I think he’s definitely a star in this league, but we’ve got so many guys (and) there’s only one football. But he’s a guy who can go out there and make plays and he’s showing that.”
While Williams has been a star of training camp, there’s a big difference between doing it in practice compared to an actual game under the bright lights.
“It’s great to see Mike take the drill to the field,” added Head Coach Anthony Lynn. “He’s been doing it in practice and it’s good seeing him go up and make that catch in a game. He’s playing with a lot of confidence right now.”
The wideout agreed as much when rehashing his touchdown in the locker room.
“Coach just let me get a ‘go’ ball,” he said. “He believed in me, called the play and the results were good. Geno gave me a chance to go up and make a play, and I went up and got it. I just needed it. I felt like I was doing it in practice, and I just needed to translate it to a game.”
Smith was also quick to credit the coaches for dialing up the perfect play.
“Whiz called a great play,” Smith said, referring to Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
The rest was history.
“We got in the huddle, we called it, dropped back five steps, kept the pocket clean and I trusted Mike,” the quarterback said, breaking out into a smile as he relived the TD pass. (I just) put it up there for him, he went up and got it.”
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