Los Angeles Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams is reportedly expected to make his NFL debut against the Oakland Raiders in Week 6.
The No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft missed all of training camp and the preseason after suffering a back injury in the team’s first rookie minicamp practice back in June and will see his first NFL action next week, “barring any setbacks in practice,” according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Williams has shown the ability to overcome injuries in the past, as the 6-foot-4, 220-pound receiver helped Clemson win a National Championship after suffering a season-ending neck injury the previous season.
Williams recorded 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in his final season in college and joins a Los Angeles receiving corps loaded with talent.
Chargers fifth-year receiver Keenan Allen is leading the way in Los Angeles this season with 24 catches for 334 yards, but six different players have caught touchdown passes from Philip Rivers this season, including both tight ends Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry.
The addition of Williams should only open up the field more for Rivers moving forward and gives Los Angeles’ offense another red zone target that can go up and snatch contested passes.