Mike Williams big break out party!!!
Mike Williams, Mike Williams, oh Mike dub! This is exactly what you would expect when you draft a wide receiver #7 overall in the first round. The wideout has played well this year in his first full season of play, although it has been inconsistent. We have seen William’s draw plenty of endzone looks however we haven’t really seen Philip Rivers truly lean on him consistently to keep the offense going like we did this past week against Kansas City. Unfortunately it was more out of necessity after number one target Keenan Allen went down trying to make a circus diving one handed catch with a hip injury. It would have been a great catch but he didn’t secure full ball control until his shoulder pad hit the white out of bounds line. I must admit I had concerns on how effective the passing game would be moving forward after Allen went down. Yet to no avail Williams had a breakout party and showed his capability of being a trustworthy weapon who can keep the offense flowing consistently.
Mike Williams racked up a total of seven catches for 76 yards along with 19 yards rushing and three touchdowns (2 receiving & 1 rushing). This type of big game in a primetime spot light will no doubt boost his confidence going down the stretch along with Rivers trust in him. This all couldn’t come at a better time especially if Allen has to miss some time. Although in no way can the team afford another injury right when they are firing on all cylinders like they are. However word is that Allen shouldn’t miss much time if any at all, say maybe one game. This of course comes as a huge relief to the Charger faithful. If the team looks to keep things going against another potential playoff contender in the Baltimore Ravens, then the team will need everyone to step up until Gordon and Allen are healthy. Outside of Mike dub the team has a few glorified slot receivers in Travis Benjamin and the other Williams (Tyrell). This could even mean a promotion to the active roster for Dylan Cantrell.
All in all the extra rest from playing on Thursday night comes at a perfect time in order for everyone to get healthy along with savoring the huge victory for an extra few days. The same can be said for Mike Williams break out. If the young wide out continues to play as he did last week then it could possibly mean that Rivers has not one but two true number one receivers. Few teams can say as much. Although this is his second year in the league this is actually his first true year as he very limited last year as he suffered from a back injury for most of the season. This leads me to believe he is still improving on the fly and we have yet to see the best of Mike Williams!