Unlike every other article I write, I am not going to ramble incessantly in this one.
Here are some fan reactions regarding the Los Angeles Chargers’ newest addition in wide receiver Mike Williams.
Teofilo Nikolao Tuiteleleapaga III Initially, it caught me off guard. Reason being i felt we really needed pass rush help to compliment the emergence of Bosa. But, after letting it sink in..i understand the pick. And with more time passed, i actually like it. Could be a true #1 reciever that we’ve lacked in recent years. Big body and leaping ability makes up for his Speed imo. Hes not FAST, but fast enough. Immediate Red Zone threat. Complimented with the presence of Henry, Tyrell and company..he will be an immediate impact player
Gilbert Garcia I like Mike Williams! I think he has a great ability for separation and ability to go up and get balls.
Nick Millican Top 10 talent that fits a need
Terry Coe Jr I don’t understand LAC and their willingness to let Rivers get beat up. I have seen the slide Okung brought to Denver and I had hoped they would bring in some talent for competition. (Love this, btw)
Didier Dubrit I was a little bit afraid of Hooker because of injuries (as any Chargers fan know, if we can avoid injury prone players with all the injuries we already get, that’s a plus).
I was hoping either for DT/DE to complement Bosa and give us a crazy pass rush/run defense, or Williams, who gives a different kind of asset to the receiving corps that Chargers were missing since VJax left.
It would also have been nice if Adams had fallen to us, but that was unlikely.
Overall, I’m happy with the selection. This draft has more impactful defensive players, so I think it’s a good idea to go get the best offensive players when they are still there.
One fan agreed with the other so much, that he replied in this manner:
Brian Kates Dave, take everything Dubrit just said as my words as well……damn near word for word my thoughts. I am happy with Williams considering this draft.
Thomas Powell Defense wins championships. The chargers have holes on dline and in the secondary. By picking a WR they lost the cream of the crop players that are game changers. Another doofus move by the organization and of course applauded by their fanbase.
Daniel Locke NFL teams continue to draft players named Mike Williams without learning their lesson…those who are ignorant of the past are doomed to repeat it.
James Ebo When it comes to the NFL Draft the theory is that it’s supply and demand. The supply of defensive players meets the demand for the Chargers defensive needs. Because of that theory, they can afford to find additions to the defensive side of the ball and with the way the first round played out, there is valuable defensive talent in the early part of the second round. With that being said the selection of Mike Williams signals the future at Wide Receiver for the Chargers. Williams is a power receiver. He’s a red zone, outside the numbers, back shoulder fade, aggressive receiver that the Chargers have lacked since the days of Jackson and Floyd. He creates separation with power, he’s open when he’s not open and attacks the ball in the air better than any receiver in the draft and for that matter on the Chargers WR corps. This selection says that Anthony Lynn wants to implement a physical, power running game offense that’s dominant in the red zone. Grade A-
Eugenio Rodriguez Another big target one more year for Rivers….(V. Jackson, M.Floyd….) Amazing player, he can really catch the football to high level.
Ryan Brosnan VINCENT JACKSON AND RIVERS WILL MEET AGAIN… THATS HOW THIS PICK IS TO ME
Jeff Martin Big physical receiver that will fill the void that was left when Malcom Floyd retired
And then my brother, Will, drops the knowledge we all needed to read.
Will McCafferty I’m fine with the pick. Rivers has been making chicken salad out of chicken shit for years now. Allen is good, but rarely there, due to injury. Maybe putting a second receiver on the field that the defense must account for will take pressure, and some hits, off of Allen.
Personally, I would have gone defense but I like to think that an NFL GM and his teams talent evaluators know more than I do.
People are just having knee-jerk reactions after just one round. They don’t remember a year ago when they were angry with the Bosa pick.
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Now that the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft has been completed, folks everywhere are dishing out hot takes on how they feel about each and every pick — myself included.
In an article on Chargers.com, wide receiver Keenan Allen shared his thoughts on what he’ll tell rookie wideout and first-round draft choice Mike Williams.
Just be you. Come in and play with confidence. Don’t hold anything back and just do what you’ve been doing. Everyone knows what you can do. Just be confident.
Additionally, Allen spoke about adding a weapon like Williams to the mix.
It’s crazy. You add him to me, Tyrell (Williams), Dontrelle (Inman), Travis (Benjamin) plus Antonio (Gates), (Hunter) Henry, Melvin (Gordon); I mean, it’s crazy to defend that. It’s going to open things up for us. We have a lot of threats and different kinds (of receivers). Deep threats. Big guys. Guys who can run everything on the route tree. He is really going to open things up. Anything we can do to make the plays to win the game I’m all for. He’s going to help us.
While I love the sentiment provided by the former Cal Bear, I think it would be fitting if he told Williams, ‘just be healthy and let your play do the talking.’
P.S. Hi, Kyah, Kayden, Carter and Harrison!
As you all know by now, the Los Angeles Chargers used their first-round pick on Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams.
Reactions from both the media and fans have been all over the board.
When it comes to NFL news, I prefer to stick to the network that specializes in covering America’s favorite sport: NFL Network.
Other than Steve Mariucci, Mike Mayock is my favorite cat on NFL Network, with Daniel Jeremiah and Adam Rank fitting in there somewhere, too.
Mayock dropped an article on NFL.com, highlighting his thoughts on each draft choice in the first round, including his take on the newest wide receiver to don lightning bolts.
7. Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
Analysis: “Mike Williams is all about separating with length, power and catch radius. He’s a dominating, physical presence. He’s a back-shoulder guy. You’ll love him in the red zone.”
Though his time as an NFL player may be forgotten by most, Mayock knows his shit. He is NOT some Mel-Kiper-Todd-McShay toolbox, looking to make a living off of having very little knowledge of the NFL game. (Don’t @ me)
Initially — yeah, it just happened and I am already adjusting — I was infuriated by the selection, adding a wideout with the squad’s first choice was a bit puzzling.
But, in reality, what do I know?
The Chargers currently have these wideouts on their roster: Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman, MIKE WILLIAMS, Da’Ron Brown, Isaiah Burse, Geremy Davis, Javontee Herndon and Jamaal Jones.
With the seventh pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select Clemson wide receiver Mike Williams.
Below is the reaction of Williams and his family and friends while at Utopia Restaurant and Lounge, per the Twitter account of Janel Klein of NBC Sports.
— Janel Klein (@JanelKlein) April 28, 2017
Despite having receiving options in Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin, Dontrelle Inman, Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates, general manager Tom Telesco decided that the future is now, selecting Williams out of Clemson with the team’s first-round pick.
There is no doubt that the former Tiger brings an intimidating force in the red zone, but was the first round the right place to snag a wideout?
Only time will tell.
The kid has phenomenal size and ability, don’t get me wrong.
My concern lies in the fact that if quarterback Philip Rivers doesn’t have time to take advantage of all of his weapons, including Williams, all of the offensive toys in the world can’t help the Bolts win games.
(No, they shouldn’t have taken an offensive lineman in Round No. 1.)
One thing worth watching: It will be interesting to see how the wide receiving corps shakes out once final cuts come in August. Perhaps Telesco decides that either — or both — Benjamin or Inman is expendable due to the drafting of a top-tier wide receiver.
Benjamin, signed by the Chargers during the 2016 offseason, was incredibly disappointing as a returner, and didn’t flash much as a receiver in his first year with the team. Inman, despite how much I like him as a player and a person, might be J.A.G. (just a guy) when it comes to filling out an NFL team’s roster, though he seemed to be a trusted target of the aforementioned Rivers last season.
Below is my mock draft on behalf of all of the SAN DIEGO Chargers fans.
1st Rd. – Fuck you, Dean Spanos
2nd Rd. – Fuck you, Dean Spanos
Turd Rd. – Fuck you, Dean Spanos
Whoreth Rd. (Mike Pisciotta Round) – Fuck you, Dean Spanos
5th Rd. – Fuck you, Dean Spanus
6th Rd. – Up yours, Dean Spanos
7th Rd. – Fuck you, Dean Spanos
The San Diego Chargers had been in my life since my birth. Like me, my children wore Chargers gear home from the hospital after being born.
I feel I have earned the right to say and feel what I want regarding all of the bullshit surrounding the Chargers and their move to Los Angeles.
If you don’t think I have earned the right to do as I mentioned above, maybe I’ll draft you next year.
I am still working through some feels and butt-hurt on this subject, so I’ll use our website to “write through it,” so to speak.
(I really am as bitter and immature as this makes me look; I own it. I am 38 years young.)
It appears that the Los Angeles Chargers will have to wait until at least Week 2 to play their first regular season game at home in the intimate confines of the StubHub Center.
The Bolts will travel to Denver for a Monday Night contest against the Broncos in Week 1, according to Mike Klis of 9News.com.
League Network source: Broncos to open 2017 season at home vs LA Chargers on Monday night. #9sports
— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) April 20, 2017
The Chargers are no strangers to opening up the regular season on Monday Night Football, as they have begun their season in such a manner multiple times in the last decade.
The biggest news about this is the Chargers will not have to travel to Colorado during the winter, where the cold weather and snowy conditions always play a part in the outcome of the game.
It goes without saying, Los Angeles Chargers running back Melvin Gordon showed vast improvement during his sophomore campaign in the NFL compared to the disappointment that was his rookie year.
The former Badger was unable to reach the endzone at all during his first season with the Bolts, but he made that seem like a figment of the fans’ imagination during Year 2 of his young career, finding the endzone 10 times in 2016.
Returning for another season to rejoin Gordon in the backfield is third-year ball carrier Branden Oliver.
Despite a switch from No. 43 to No. 32 — long-time number of former Chargers and current Baltimore Ravens free safety Eric Weddle — fans should expect more of the same from the former collegiate stud from Buffalo, who led the team in rushing in 2014.
A new addition to the running-back stable is former Oregon Ducks ball carrier Kenjon Barner. The 27-year-old entered the NFL with the Carolina Panthers before spending time with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was signed by the Bolts this offseason after the team lost Danny Woodhead to the aforementioned Ravens.
A speedster as both a running back and returner, Barner brings an added element to the position in the form of his versatility and possible game-breaking ability. Though he has never started a game since joining the league in 2013, the underused talent has played in 32 NFL games.
With Gordon, Oliver and Barner figuring to fill the top three spots on the ball-carrier depth chart, the team also has the following running backs fighting to prove that they belong on the squad: Kenneth Farrow, Andre Williams, Ronnie Hillman and Dexter McCluster.
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco has already been on record this offseason stating that he would like to add an X-factor similar to that of Kansas City’s dynamic Tyreek Hill. With speed to burn in bunches, Hill makes plays as a runner, receiver and a returner. He is a threat to score from anywhere on the field, every time he touches the ball
Do the Chargers and Telesco already have that answer on the roster? That X-factor that changes games in the blink of an eye?
I am not so sure that they do.
Though I believe the organization has more than enough options to fulfill their running-back needs for the 2017 campaign, I also wouldn’t be surprised if they took a look at the rising draft prospect out of Ohio State University, Curtis Samuel.
Samuel seems to provide the most comparable playmaking ability in this year’s draft class to what Hill does for the Chiefs, also seeing time at running back, wide receiver and as a return-threat.
Telesco and company may believe that drafting Samuel or a player of the similar ilk as of higher importance in comparison to other pressing needs on the roster that can or should be available in the draft. Or he may go ahead and ignore the position altogether due to enough capable bodies already being on the club.
The good news for fans?
You won’t have to wait much longer to find out, as the draft begins in 10 days on April 27 in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. And, per usual, the BoltBlitz.com staff will be represented by myself and Greg Williams at this year’s selection show at its new venue for ’17.
My take: I don’t necessarily see the need to add a back as the reason the team should or will. But if it comes around to any of their picks following the first round, and they have one rated as the best player available, then pull the trigger and go out and get said player — especially if that BPA is that fast guy from the Buckeye State.
Another name to keep an eye on is running back Joe Mixon of Oklahoma. Should he slip to Day 2 or Day 3 of the draft, that is a name you could see the team take a HUGE chance on by drafting. A player with off-the-field issues like Mixon may watch his draft position plummet, allowing teams in later rounds to snag the man who is possibly the best ball carrier available. Though that doesn’t sound like a Telesco-type selection, pressure is mounting on the entire organization now that there’s an exponentially more powerful microscope in their new home in Los Angeles, as opposed to their former laid-back confines of America’s finest city, San Diego.
When it comes to discussing elite talent at wide receiver in the NFL, there is no doubt that Los Angeles Chargers wideout Keenan Allen belongs in each and every discussion on the topic.
As obvious as it is that Allen can be a star in this league, though, is the fact that he has trouble staying healthy. Whether it be bad luck or some other uncontrollable factor, the former Cal Bear missed all but one game in 2016 after playing in only eight games during the 2015 campaign.
Additionally, the fifth-year pro fell to the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft due to teams having concerns about a knee ailment which saw him miss time during his final year of college.
But don’t let all of that fool you into thinking he might not have been worth drafting.
When healthy, the soon-to-be 25-year-old is one of the best route runners in the entire NFL, possessing great size, hands and above-average speed.
None of this is lost on the youngster, and neither is his confidence despite having a tough time staying on the field thus far throughout his career.
“I’m just trying to be the best,” Allen told the team’s official website. “I’m trying to come back and get right back to where I left off. I’m trying to be top five (in the league) or whatever it is. I’m just trying to be the best.”
In the same interview, No. 13 went on to reassure fans that he is feeling great, but also mentioned how difficult it was to have to watch his teammates go out there and compete without him.
“I feel amazing. I’m trying to keep up with Tyrell (Williams) because he keeps pushing the pace,” Allen continued. “I’m trying to keep up with the guys and stay with it. I’m feeling good….The toughest part (last year) was just watching them play every Sunday and not being able to do a thing about it. It was tough. I love being on the field. I love making plays. So just to get back out there with them is going to be fun.”
Keenan Allen has the playmaking ability to be a top-five wide receiver in the NFL. But none of that ability matters unless he can find a way to avoid injury bug.
Like most players in professional sports, your best ability is your availability, Keenan. Now, go out there, find a way to stay healthy and prosper, young fella.
In 38 games played, the acrobatic Allen has tallied 221 receptions for 2,617 yards and 16 touchdowns.
With less than three weeks until the 2017 NFL Draft, all 32 teams in the league have been notified of their preseason opposition and in which week they will face each of their preseason opponents.
Though the schedule-makers must still determine the specific dates of each contest (with the exception of a few games), teams now know which of their preseason tilts are at home or on the road along with in which week they face each opponent.
Oddly enough, the Chargers will not leave the state of California during the 2017 preseason.
Week 1 – Seattle Seahawks
The Chargers and Seahawks have been facing off in the preseason for quite some time, dating all the way back to when the teams were divisional foes decades ago in the five-team AFC West.
After a brief and unimpressive stint as the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach, new Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley will face an opponent who he has much familiarity, seeing as he used to man the head defensive spot for the ‘Hawks prior to his time in Florida.
Editor’s Note: I miss the days when this game was the “Somehow Charlie Whitehurst got paid after leaving San Diego” Bowl.
Week 2 – New Orleans Saints
Speaking of familiar faces, former San Diego Chargers quarterback Drew Brees is back to face his former team, but this time it’s in Los Angeles. The signal caller down in the bayou won a Super Bowl after leaving America’s finest city.
Week 3 – @ Los Angeles Rams
Ah, yes… just what the NFL wants: the fight for L.A.
Though the teams will eventually share a stadium, the Chargers will face the Rams as the road opponent for this match-up at the Coliseum. As you all know, the Bolts will play their home contests at the StubHub Center, home of the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer.
Week 4 – @ San Francisco 49ers
There are few teams in the NFL who have struggled as much as the Chargers have in recent years. The 49ers happen to be one of those lucky organizations.
These two teams traditionally face-off during the preseason.
The Los Angeles Chargers have all but ensured that they are done adding players to their tight-end room. The team announced on Wednesday that they re-signed veteran tight end Jeff Cumberland to a one-year deal.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed at the time this article was published.
This transaction gives the Chargers six tight ends as the roster sits now, as Cumberland will rejoin familiar faces like Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry, while also reuniting with Sean McGrath, Asante Cleveland and Jake McGee — McGee is the only tight end of the group to not be activated at some point during the 2016 season.
Cumberland, 29, spent six years with the New York Jets before signing with the Bolts during the 2016 offseason. The eight-year veteran tore his Achilles during the preseason shortly after signing with the club, missing all of the regular season.
Though both Gates and Henry remain an impressive two-headed monster as the team’s starters, Cumberland provides a steady option as a reserve at the position. The next regular-season reception Cumberland snags with the Chargers will be his first, but the vet has hauled in 86 passes for 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns over his career.