We went over some possible surprise candidates on the Chargers offense on Monday. Today we’ll go over who could be a possible breakout player. These are the guys that have tasted success for a game or so but have been inconsistent.
Okung is entering his 8th year in the NFL and for the 1st time in his career, he started every game. The guy I worked with who broke down tackles said injuries have forced Okung to go away from technique and he’s had a lot of “close calls.” He did say that he’s a very physical run blocker and I can co-sign with that. Okung is quite the finisher. Let’s say the “close calls” never end up as sacks. When you look back nobody is going to remember how many close calls there were. If Okung performs against the run like he’s capable of, if the Chargers are successful he could sneak in the Pro Bowl if he’s healthy.
Building on essentially his rookie year, Williams had over 1000 yards and 7 touchdowns last year. He was a big play threat that it didn’t seem like the Chargers had in awhile. He also was prone to drops and just subtle things that young receivers mess up. If it’s a slow start for 1st round pick Mike Williams, and Williams takes the next step in his development, putting up bigger numbers really isn’t out of the ordinary. Physically, Williams is that talented. He’ll need to shake the drops and be more aggressive, but he is the ideal receiver for Philip Rivers.
Speaking of physical talent and ideal fits for Rivers, if Williams can be healthy out of the gate, he has a chance to really help the offense score in the red area. We know Whiz likes to throw the ball down around the goal line as well. Williams can win his 1-on-1 matchups and knows how to finish in the end zone. Williams has a chance to break out with inflated numbers. Touchdowns matter.