Mike Williams
WR LAC (8)
Tue 3/8/22 2:06 PM

The Chargers and Williams have agreed on a three-year, $60 million deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
EDGE Analysis
Per the report, Williams' new contract includes $40 million guaranteed. The 27-year-old is coming off a 2021 season in which he logged 76 catches on 129 targets for 1,146 yards and nine TDs in 16 games. Now that he's back in the fold, Williams will reprise his starting role opposite Keenan Allen, giving the Chargers and QB Justin Herbert a quality 1-2 punch at wide receiver.

Mike Williams
WR LAC (8)
Mon 1/10/22 1:23 AM

Williams registered nine receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown across 17 targets in Sunday's 35-32 overtime loss to the Raiders.
EDGE Analysis
It's a bit ironic that Williams tallied his most receiving yards since Week 5 in the team's finale especially considering the big-bodied target appeared to be one of the league's breakout starts through the first month of the campaign only to completely tail off as the season progressed. While the Raiders would ultimately come away with the playoff-securing win, Williams' 12-yard reception on the final play of regulation put the game into extras, and his 47-yard reception during the Chargers' lone overtime possession was paramount in setting up the game-tying field goal. While the 2017 first-round pick slumped considerably following his scintillating start, Williams easily put together his most complete year as a professional, recording season highs in receptions (76), targets (129), receiving yards (1,146) and receptions of 40-plus yards (nine). That should net Williams, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, a pretty payday from someone -- with the Chargers and their sixth-highest-available cap space likely first in line.

Mike Williams
WR LAC (8)
Sun 1/2/22 8:19 PM

Williams (illness) caught three of his four targets for 63 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-13 win over the Broncos.
EDGE Analysis
Williams was kept in check for most of the afternoon until his beautiful diving 45-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter completely put the game out of reach. One week after missing the devastating Week 16 loss to the Texans, Williams immediately re-asserted himself as a dangerous deep threat. While Sunday's touchdown marked just the second score for Williams since mid-October, he'll likely be leaned on heavily as the Chargers face off against the Raiders next week in a win-and-you're-in situation.

Mike Williams
WR LAC (8)
Thu 12/30/21 5:03 PM

Williams (illness) has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Williams and fellow wideout Jalen Guyton both missed Los Angeles' Week 16 loss to the Texans, but both players are off the COVID list, which sets the stage for the Chargers to have their nucleus of key skill players available for Sunday's game against the Broncos. To date, Williams has logged a fantasy-worthy 64 catches (on 108 targets) for 964 yards and seven TDs through 14 contests.

Mike Williams
WR LAC (8)
Wed 12/29/21 11:36 AM

Under the NFL's new COVID-19 protocols, Williams, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, could potentially be cleared in advance of Sunday's game against the Broncos, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
EDGE Analysis
Gilbert Manzano of the Orange Register previously relayed that Williams, as an unvaccinated player, was in line to miss the contest. However, under the new protocols, the wideout has a chance to play in Week 17. Until Williams and Jalen Guyton clear the current protocols though, the Chargers' top available wideouts are Keenan Allen, Joshua Palmer and Jason Moore.

Mike Williams
WR LAC (8)
Mon 12/27/21 4:40 PM

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley confirmed Monday that Williams, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list, won't be eligible to play Week 17 against the Broncos, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Los Angeles placed Williams on the list Saturday and ruled him out ahead of Sunday's eventual loss to the Texans, but the team didn't provide any specifics behind why he was deactivated. Though Staley didn't go into much detail when talking to the press Monday, his acknowledgement that Williams won't be available for Week 17 confirms that the wideout was placed on the list as an unvaccinated player who tested positive for the virus. As a result, Williams will have to complete a 10-day quarantine dating back to when he first tested positive (Saturday), thereby keeping him out for a second straight game. While Jalen Guyton (illness) also was on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the Week 16 loss, Joshua Palmer (five catches for 43 yards and a touchdown on six targets) was one of the main beneficiaries of extra playing time and looks at receiver.

Mike Williams
WR LAC (8)
Sat 12/25/21 4:06 PM

Williams has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Chargers.
EDGE Analysis
Williams joins Jalen Guyton on the list, which sets the stage for Keenan Allen and Joshua Palmer to serve as the Chargers' top two wideouts Sunday against the Texans.

Mike Williams
WR LAC (8)
Fri 12/17/21 12:23 AM

Williams (heel) caught just three of his nine targets for 49 yards in the 34-28 loss to the Chiefs on Thursday.
EDGE Analysis
Williams briefly left the game in the first quarter after appearing to injury his shoulder on a dropped touchdown pass, but the big-bodied target returned shortly after and looked no worse for the wear. After a scintillating start to the season the 2017 first-round pick has cratered back down to earth with just one touchdown over the last eight games. That could change with a relatively easy matchup against the Texans on tap for Week 16, a game in which the Chargers must win in order to stay in the hunt for a possible wild-card berth.

Mike Williams
WR LAC (8)
Wed 12/15/21 4:47 PM

Williams (heel) doesn't have an injury designation for Thursday's game against the Chiefs, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
EDGE Analysis
Keenan Allen is back from the reserve/COVID-19 list after missing Sunday's 37-21 win over the Giants, and RB Austin Ekeler (questionable/ankle) has a shot to play Thursday after limited practices Tuesday and Wednesday. Things have gone better for Williams in the second half of the year than during his midseason slump, but he's still been a distant Option B behind Allen, seeing 5-8 targets in each of the past eight games.

Mike Williams
WR LAC (8)
Tue 12/14/21 6:11 PM

Williams (heel) was listed as limited on Tuesday's estimated report.
EDGE Analysis
After not holding practice Monday, the Chargers ran a walkthrough one day later, so Williams' ability to join his teammates on the field is a positive sign he'll be able to play through a heel injury. In the end, though, his listing -- or lack thereof -- on Wednesday's report will be telling for his ability to suit up Thursday versus the Chiefs. If Williams ultimately is active, he'll be joined by Keenan Allen, who will return from a one-game absence following a bout on the reserve/COVID-19 list.