5. Can Mike Williams build off a strong 2019 season?
2019 finally seemed like the year that Mike Williams was able to live up to expectations that saw him get drafted at seventh overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. Williams put together a season that saw him start 15 games, while catching 49 receptions for 1001 yards, and two touchdowns. He also averaged 20.4 yards per reception.
What makes Williams such an intriguing name to watch is the fact that the Chargers have picked up his fifth-year option earlier in the 2020 offseason. This means that he’ll be with the team until at least the end of the 2021 season. However, his cap hit next year is set to increase to $15.68 million dollars.
That means that for Williams, it’s time to build off the strong 2019 season he had. Doing so would benefit both Williams and the Chargers. Williams would have the opportunity to earn a contract extension while the Chargers could lower his cap hit in 2020 and 2021 while extending him and backloading his deal.
Keenan Allen may be the Chargers best wide receiver but if Williams can have another big year in 2020, then the Chargers could end up having one of the best wide receiver duos in the NFL, which would help out Justin Herbert tremendously.