Back and knee injuries limited him to 11 receptions in 10 games last season, and a hamstring injury during OTAs this year had Williams wondering when his body would allow him to show why the Chargers selected him No. 7 overall in the 2017 draft.
Finally healthy, Williams has performed in training camp like the dominant receiver he was at Clemson.
Not being able to do the things Im used to doing, that was the main thing. Not being able to move how I want to move. Now Im able to come out here and, you know, play how Mike Williams plays, so Im feeling comfortable right now Chris Wideman Jersey , Williams said.
Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt had no doubts about Williams ability to contribute at a high level after making 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Tigers 2016 national championship team. It was just a matter of staying on the field.
Whisenhunt pointed to the improvement Williams showed during the regular season, when he had seven catches for 62 yards in the two games against Jacksonville and Buffalo prior to sustaining the knee injury against Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.
I think the thing with Mike thats pretty consistent is when he gets an amount of time where hes in a routine, he starts to get better, Whisenhunt said.
A consistent schedule was lacking for Williams in 2017. He sustained a herniated disc in his lower back on the first day of rookie minicamp in May, an injury that kept him out of training camp last year. The progress Williams made this offseason was interrupted by a minor hamstring strain, but he recovered in time to run and lift weights every day and do yoga at least twice a week going into his first training camp.
He goes up and attacks the ball, safety Jahleel Addae said. Thats the biggest thing you see with him is he can use his body to shield off defenders. He can go up and grab it, and thats something we need, for sure.
At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Williams physical traits could be especially valuable with tight end Hunter Henry out for the season because of a torn ACL. All but one of Henrys 12 career touchdowns receptions have been in the red zone, with eight coming inside the 10-yard line. Getting Williams matched up on jump balls at the goal line could offset those losses.
But Whisenhunt wants Williams to be more than a red-zone specialist. Whisenhunt and wide receivers coach Phil McGeoghan have been training Williams to line up all over the field, using Keenan Allen as the model for versatility.
He set the standard of being able to line up in different spots and be successful Authentic Chase Edmonds Jersey , and thats what were trying to do a little bit with Mike to create those matchups where we can use his size and hopefully those things can work out, Whisenhunt said.
Route running is one area where Williams is already emulating Allen, citing him as an influence for his development there.
He sets defenders up so good, its just good for me to come out here and learn from someone like him, Williams said. I take a lot from his game.
All aspects of Williams improvement were evident when the Chargers scrimmaged Saturday as he made two touchdown receptions.
The confidence comes with making plays, Williams said.
NOTES: Defensive end Joey Bosa left practice early Tuesday because of a left foot injury.
The National Football League adopted a new policy regarding the national anthem at this weeks league meetings in Atlanta and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a statement outlining that policy on Wednesday afternoon.
As reported, the policy calls for all league and team personnel on the field to stand during the playing of the anthem while eliminating the requirement that all league and team personnel be on the field for the playing of the song. It also calls for the league to discipline teams whose personnel do not comply with the policy and allows teams to set their own work rules regarding players who do not stand during the playing of the song.
The complete text of that statement appears below:
The policy adopted today was approved in concert with the NFLs ongoing commitment to local communities and our country one that is extraordinary in its scope http://www.vikingsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-mike-remmers-jersey , resources, and alignment with our players. We are dedicated to continuing our collaboration with players to advance the goals of justice and fairness in all corners of our society.
The efforts by many of our players sparked awareness and action around issues of social justice that must be addressed. The platform that we have created together is certainly unique in professional sports and quite likely in American business. We are honored to work with our players to drive progress.
It was unfortunate that on-field protests created a false perception among many that thousands of NFL players were unpatriotic. This is not and was never the case.
This season, all league and team personnel shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room until after the Anthem has been performed.
We believe todays decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it and on our fans who enjoy it.
The 32 member clubs of the National Football League have reaffirmed their strong commitment to work alongside our players to strengthen our communities and advance social justice. The unique platform that we have created is unprecedented in its scope, and will provide extraordinary resources in support of programs to promote positive social change in our communities.
The membership also strongly believes that:
1. All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
2.The Game Operations Manual will be revised to remove the requirement that all players be on the field for the Anthem.
3. Personnel who choose not to stand for the Anthem may stay in the locker room or in a similar location off the field until after the Anthem has been performed.
4. A club will be fined by the League if its personnel are on the field and do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
5. Each club may develop its own work rules, consistent with the above principles, regarding its personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.
6. The Commissioner will impose appropriate discipline on league personnel who do not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.