Though the Chargers fell to the Rams 35-23, one bright spot in the loss was the play of Mike Williams.
Williams had a stellar training camp, but those who sang his praises on the practice field were hoping he’d deliver under the lights on Sundays.
Since the start of the season, he has.
Sunday was a career day for number 81 as he had single-game career highs in receiving yards (81) and touchdown catches (two). His TDs were clutch with the first getting the Bolts on the board and the second, occurring on fourth down.
“I’m making the best of my opportunities,” Williams said after the game on Sunday. “Every time the ball comes my way, I feel like something good comes from it. So I’ve just got to continue to get better. Come out here Tuesday, Monday watch the film and get better from there.”
After a rookie season he’d like to forget, Williams entered 2018 wanting to prove doubters wrong. His play speaks for itself. Through three games, Williams has 11 receptions for 189 yards and leads the wide receiving corps with three scores.
So what’s the biggest difference for Williams? According to his head coach, it’s his health and comfort in the system.
“Last year, he wasn’t healthy and he didn’t practice a lot, so he was kind of learning on the run,” mentioned Chargers Head Coach Anthony Lynn. “This year, he’s more comfortable. He hadn’t missed many practices this year, so, he’s been really consistent. I think his confidence right now is at an all-time high. He’s looking good.”
With Week 4 on the horizon, Williams and the team are looking forward to further production from the wideout. For a guy like Philip Rivers, he isn’t surprised Williams has had the success he’s had so far this season and he knows he’s going to continue being a key cog in the offense moving forward.
“He’s come along,” Rivers said. “He’s going to continue to do this. Gosh, he played big and strong. Made some big plays, a handful of big plays. Obviously the touchdowns and he's only going to continue to be more and more of a factor for us.”
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