When the Los Angeles Chargers selected wide receiver Mike Williams with the No. 7 pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, the plan was for the former Clemson Tiger to be the big-bodied red zone threat who can out-physical would-be defenders for the ball.
That plan might be on hold until 2018.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, there’s real concern within the Chargers organization that Williams could miss his entire rookie season because of a back injury that’s plagued him all offseason.
Chargers' HC Anthony Lynn told the La Times that WR Mike Williams could be out all season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 31, 2017
Williams is already expected to miss all of training camp in an effort to recover in time for the regular season, but it’s looking worse and worse by the day.
Coach Anthony Lynn recently said the goal is to get Williams healthy, but acknowledged the rookie wideout is falling behind with each passing day.
Williams had his critics in draft season. Never known as a blazer, he registered a 4.53 and 4.51 in the 40-yard dash at his pro day, a time that was actually faster than some expected.
In 2016, his final year at Clemson, Williams caught 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns. His season was remarkable considering he missed almost all of 2015 with a fracture in his neck.
Williams is a strong candidate to start his rookie year on the PUP list.