There’s been plenty of speculation about Chargers rookie wide out Mike Williams and if he will be available at all in 2017. From the sounds of coach Anthony Lynn, it doesn’t sound very good to think that the receiver will be able to make much of an impact for the Bolts this season.
“I’m hopeful that it’s not [season ending], but who knows?” Lynn said, via ESPN.com. “It could be. I don’t know. You’d like to have him out [there], but fortunately we have depth at that position and we’re going to be OK.”
Lynn’s honesty in regards to Williams is a continuation of his Day One mantra. Lynn wants to make clear that he cares about the players on the field and that he won’t get caught up in lingering injuries. Back before Williams’ back issue was thought of as a serious injury, he wondered if Williams wasn’t falling behind by missing workouts.
Obviously losing a massive target and first-round pick is difficult to stomach. By design, Williams was going to take pressure off Philip Rivers’ typically over-worked targets and bolster the team’s presence inside the 20-yard line. But instead of panicking, Lynn is doing his best to turn the situation into a motivator for the healthier players on the roster.
The Chargers have already announced that Williams is done for the rest of camp, so if he can make a recovery and play at all in 2017, he’s already going to be playing catch up with the rest of his teammates.