There is quite a bit of confusion about the health status of the Los Angeles Chargers first round draft pick, wide receiver Mike Williams. There was a rumor circulating earlier today that the Clemson product might need season-ending back surgery.
Chargers' first-round pick Mike Williams might need season-ending back surgery, sources tell ESPN.... https://t.co/pfMCKYyCdB— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 19, 2017
There have since been some conflicting reports, with NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport later stating that Williams has been improving and surgery was not being considered as an option any longer.
Surgery was on the table 3-4 weeks ago. 2 sources with direct knowledge say it is NOT on the table now. Williams is improving https://t.co/pEsvF0lwCN— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 19, 2017
The Chargers to this point have not publicly made any comments about the prospect of Williams missing his rookie season, so we really don’t know a whole lot about what’s going on right now. However, this situation raises an interesting question. With the timetable for Mike Williams to return to team activities unclear, should the Chargers sign another wide receiver, specifically former Charger Vincent Jackson?
I think the short answer to this question is probably not. Once a Chargers fan favorite, Jackson left the team after the 2011 season and has spent the past five seasons as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jackson is now currently a free-agent, and I’m sure many fans (myself included) wouldn’t be opposed to seeing him don the lightning bolt once again. However, it just doesn’t make much sense right now. Jackson is now 34 years old, and he would be joining a crowded receivers group that includes the likes of Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, and Dontrelle Inman. It would be fun to see that Philip Rivers to Vincent Jackson connection again, but unfortunately the circumstances aren’t exactly right to justify the move. There is not much space on the roster for another wide receiver at the moment.
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