In Mike Williams' mind, he's ready.
"That's the plan for me," he said. "I don't know (if) the coaches feel like they have the same mindset. I'm just preparing like I'm going to go out there and play the whole game, even if I only play 10 plays…. It's not my decision. I feel like I can go out there and play, but it's up to (the coaches)."
The rookie wide receiver is officially listed as questionable for the Week 6 clash against the Oakland Raiders. Head Coach Anthony Lynn said his staff will review today's practice before making a final decision. However, he believes the Bolts will know whether or not Williams suits up by this afternoon, although word may not come down until game day.
"We're going to go up here in a minute and look at this film, and we'll do what's best for Mike and the team," Lynn said. "Mike hasn't played since January. So we have to be careful rushing him back into action. But I thought this week in practice he looked his best…This is not a game time decision. This is a decision we'll probably make this afternoon."
Williams is ready to step up and step in should he get the call, believing his time has come.
"I feel very good," he said. "I'm excited to get out there with my teammates for the first time. (We're) six games in. Just to get out there will be a fun experience.... I got out there this week, got some good preparation and got a few balls from Philip (Rivers), so I feel pretty good about it. Just getting out there and practicing was probably the biggest thing. Going out there with the actual offense and not doing the scout team was the biggest difference. Out there with Philip, hearing him make the play calls and just going out and making plays."
Williams has experience coming back from a lengthy injury. He missed his entire junior year with a neck injury, but returned with a bang the following year. The wideout is confident he can have the same type of impact as he's eager to assimilate in with the rest of the wide receivers.
"I got hurt my junior year in college and missed the whole year. I came back my senior year and felt I had a lot to prove. So I just wanted to go out there, have a great season and let the rest handle itself."
Whenever he sees the field, Williams vows not to put too much pressure on himself to make up for lost time.
"No, I'm just going to go out there and play how I've always been playing this game. I've been playing this game since I was a little kid. The game just gets to different levels, but you go out and play the same."
Top photos of Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams in action at Clemson.