When the present isn’t that great for NFL teams, it’s nice to be able to find a silver lining or two that makes the future look bright. Young talent and players who haven’t hit their peak years yet are an easy way for future expectations to grow. If you’re the Chargers, you have plenty of these things thanks in large part to a wealth of young talent on the roster, most of which hasn’t even played more than a season or two.
Recently, wide receiver Mike Williams was named the Chargers’ “most-promising building block” by Bleacher Report’s Gary Davenport, who recently posted a piece highlighting a young player from each of the 32 NFL teams for the same accolade.
“Williams has been on something of a steady ascent over the past three seasons,” Davenport says. “After an injury-marred rookie year, Williams became a big-time red-zone threat for the 12-4 Chargers in 2018, reeling in 10 touchdowns. He scored just twice in 2019, but he averaged 20.4 yards per reception — tops in the league — and topped 1,000 yards for the first time.”
Davenport goes on to say that, although Williams is not the far-and-away number one receiver for the Chargers, he certainly could be. However, this all depends on how the team values Keenan Allen following this year and whether or not he’s worth the new price tag of a third contract.
With a rookie quarterback waiting in the wings, I personally don’t see how you would get rid of one of the most-reliable pass-catchers in the entire NFL. Allen is the type of player you kill for to have alongside an inexperienced passer as they get acclimated to the pros.
It may not be this year, but there’s little reason to think this offense can’t support both receivers for years to come. The only drawback that I can see is Williams performing “too well” in the next year or so and seeing his value rise to a point where the Chargers can’t afford it. The contracts that must be figured out following the 2020 season will go a long way in showing whether or not the Bolts can keep the gang somewhat together in this new era of Chargers football.
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