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Tyrell Williams is the Spark the Chargers Need

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    Tyrell Williams is the Spark the Chargers Need
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    Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams, above, leaps over Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Mychal Kendricks, right, during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Carson, California.

    Chargers wide receiver Tyrell Williams clearly had his best game of the 2017 season last Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Chargers lost 26-24 to the Eagles at Stub Hub Center, yet Williams had a spectacular 75-yard reception, and finished with five receptions for 115 yards and one touchdown.
     
    "Definitely it felt good personally to get going personally, especially getting that first touchdown (of the season)," Williams said.

    He posted a breakout season in 2016, catching 69 passes for 1,059 yards, and seven touchdowns.

    In October 2016, Williams had his first career game with over 100 receiving yards against the Oakland Raiders. He finished the game with five receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown in the Chargers' 31-34 loss.

    The journey for Williams wasn't always a smooth one, as he signed with the San Diego Chargers in 2015 as an undrafted free agent. On Sept. 9, 2015, he was waived, and three days later he was signed to the Chargers practice squad. His ridiculous belief in self, execution of work ethic and timing paid off as Williams is a huge target for Rivers passes on Sundays as one of the starters.

    Although Williams is third among Chargers wide receivers, when in full motion he's a hard target to track down and neutralize. Last Sunday he was the second target next to Keenan Allen, especially in the second half as quarterback Philip Rivers began to spread the ball around. As part of a high-octane passing attack, the Chargers have a solid weapon in Williams, with Keenan Allen, tight end Hunter Henry, and speedy receiver Travis Benjamin can all give defenses nightmares on any given Sunday. Williams is a unique route runner who can block very well and create opportunities not only for himself but for his teammates.

    "Blocking well, and make sure I can run and make the right plays is going to be key (moving forward)," Williams explained.

    The question remains what made week four such a special breakout week for Williams. Has he hit stride? Head coach Anthony Lynn certainly thinks this could be another break out year for the Salem, Oregon, born receiver.

    "He's running after the catch, he's running by defenders down the field," Lynn said about Williams. "I like what I saw last week, he's blocking on the perimeter. He had a complete game and I expect him to continue that going forth. I think the (groin) injury he had in the off season may have slowed him down."

    Williams tenacity for the game could spark the rest of the Chargers offense in a mode they will need for the next several weeks.

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