Chargers QB Philip Rivers hopes that Mike Williams has answered all those doubts around him
L.A.’s win featured wide receiver Mike Williams playing a huge role that included him having the game-winning touchdown and two-point conversion. With that in mind, Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers has voiced that he hopes Williams’ performance this season has silenced his critics, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.
“The man’s caught nine touchdowns this year and this two-point conversion,” Rivers said. “Nobody in the locker room doubted why he was picked seventh, but if anybody on the outside had any questions, he’s answered those this season.”
Williams was huge against the Chiefs as he stepped up in the absence of Keenan Allen, who exited the game with a hip pointer injury. He hauled in seven catches for 76 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns along with one rush for 19 yards and a touchdown. He made several huge plays during the game that helped fuel the Chargers’ second-half comeback, where he was particularly clutch in the final moments of the game.
However, where the questions have come is that Williams hasn’t put up the all-around statistics that a first-round wide receiver would be expected to have. This season he ranks sixth in the league with nine touchdowns but has just 37 catches for 592 receiving yards.
At the same time, what should be noted is that the Chargers’ offense is one that emphasizes utilizing all the weapons in the passing game, which in itself limits the number of throws in Williams’ direction.
Although he may not have the gaudy numbers, he is a major part of the game plan, which was evident in Thursday’s huge road win over the Chiefs.