Chargers WR Mike Williams Denies He Will Need Season Ending Surgery

Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams is denying reports that he might need season-ending back surgery, Lakisha Jackson of NFL.com reports. .

The rookie wideout addressed the rumors during Alshon Jeffery’s camp on Saturday.

“I’m good. Everything good. The back situation. That was some false information being released,” he said. “I don’t know who released it but everything is good.”

Williams suffered a mild disc herniation in his lower back during rookie minicamp. He was held out of the rest of offseason workouts.

NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reported on Wednesday that Williams is likely to start training camp on the physically unable to perform list following a second epidural. Garafolo did note that he resumed running and was “feeling better” after the second procedure.

Chargers Have a Lot of Challenges As They Prepare for First Season in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Chargers have a long task ahead of them to be the talk of the town in the mammoth landscape that is LA, and this first season will be almost a test to see just how fans are going to react to the uprooted franchise.

A.G. Spanos, president of business operations for the franchise, is the man in charge of trying to get things ready to go when the team gets set to take the field for the first time, and it’s nothing short of a 24.7.365 job.

Spanos said that right now the Bolts are working mostly with a skeleton crew as training camp now sits about a month away.

“We’re doing everything for the first time,” Spanos said. “There’s not a lot of historical precedent for the things we’re doing, which is challenging, but also a great opportunity to reinvent things and not be saddled by an old model or an old way of doing things.”

One has to wonder how the franchise now playing in Los Angeles is going to translate with the players on the field. The Rams last season had a tough start to their new digs in LA, going just 4-12 and going through a coaching change already.

For the Bolts, they were the only team to lose to the Browns last season, so right away people are going to underestimate them in the very tough AFC West with the Raiders, Chiefs and Broncos all looking to win the division.

For now, the Bolts are looking just to get settled in, and coming from San Diego to LA is going to be nothing short of an interesting transition for a team that still has plenty of building to do with a new coach.

“We’re a 57-year-old franchise, but it feels more like a startup,” Spanos said.

Not something that is going to give Chargers fans a lot of confidence one month before the start of camp.

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Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn Seems Worried About First Round Pick WR Mike Williams

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn sounded a tiny bit concerned about his first ever first-round pick Mike Williams in Los Angeles, who injured his back two weeks ago and still remains sidelined during organized team activities, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports.

“I’d like to see him out there next week because he’s getting behind right now, and we’ve got to get him back out on the field,” Lynn said, via ESPN.com. “If he wasn’t a rookie it would be different. But he has so much to learn, and some of this you can only learn on the field.”

Added Philip Rivers: “Obviously, it’s nothing he can’t catch up on. But this to me is valuable time, especially at his position. With all of the things we ask for from our receivers formation-wise and all of the things we do like no-huddle, it would be good for him to be out there doing this.”

Each year we seem to have at least one frustrating, nagging injury to a potentially explosive skill position rookie with vastly different outcomes. At this point a few years ago, then-Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was agonizing over a recurring hamstring injury in Odell Beckham that eventually cost him a few games of his rookie season.

A Rundown of All the Los Angele Chargers 2017 NFL Draft Picks

Sports Illustrated has a complete rundown of all of the Chargers 2017 Draft Picks and some commentary as well.

Round 1, Pick 7 (No. 7 overall)

Mike Williams, WR, Clemson: The Chargers always looked like a potential sleeper landing spot for a wide receiver—Keenan Allen has had a hard time staying healthy, and they relied on players outperforming expectations last year. Williams gives QB Philip Rivers a big, physical receiver, something with which Rivers always has had great success. The cost of this for the Chargers is that they had to pass on safety Malik Hooker and defensive lineman Jonathan Allen, both of whom could have upgraded a defense that’s still shy on talent. Hooker, in particular, set up as a natural fit. Williams will make plays downfield, on slants and in the red zone. Will he make enough to help make up for any defensive issues L.A. has?? GRADE: B–

Round 2, Pick 6 (No. 38)

Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky: There is a very real chance Lamp develops into this draft’s top lineman, so count it as a win for the Chargers that he fell into their laps at No. 38. They’ll have to use later picks on defense, but this is a clear best player available-meets-need scenario. Lamp’s arrival is great news for both RB Melvin Gordon and QB Philip Rivers.? GRADE: A

Round 3, Pick 7 (No. 71)

Dan Feeney, G, Indiana: The Chargers will exit Friday with an offensive line that looks remarkably more put together than it was when the night began. Feeney and Round 2 selection Forrest Lamp both can be starters next season, perhaps paired together at the guard spots—the former definitely will be there; Lamp could push for a tackle job.? Grade: A–

Round 4, Pick 6 (No. 113) Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Miami

Round 5, Pick 7 (No. 151) Desmond King, S, Iowa

Round 6, Pick 6 (No. 190) Sam Tevi, OT, Utah

Round 7, Pick 7 (No. 225) Isaac Rochell, DT, Notre Dame

Chargers Get Playmaker WR Mike Williams with 7th Pick in 2017 NFL Draft

The Chargers wanted a playmaker with their first draft choice after their move to Los Angeles, and feel like they got that on Thursday with the pick of Clemson receiver Mike Williams.

The 6-foot-3 Williams won the national title last season, and the Chargers passed over a handful of elite defensive prospects to add a big-play target for Philip Rivers with the seventh overall selection.

The Chargers have been looking for a dominant receiver since Vincent Jackson left for Tampa Bay in 2012. Their top pass-catcher last season in San Diego was 6-foot-4 Tyrell Williams, who could team with his new teammates to provide an imposing size matchup for any defense.

Williams is the second receiver taken in the first seven picks.

Chargers Take a Long Look at Clemson Wide Receiver Mike Williams

The Chargers and Titans took their evaluation of Mike Williams within a week of the 2017 NFL Draft, Chase Goodbread of NFL.com reports.

Both clubs have put the former Clemson wide receiver through a recent private workout, the Chargers last Thursday and the Titans on Saturday, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Williams could be the first receiver selected in the draft, which begins Thursday night. The Chargers hold the No. 7 pick of the draft, but are expected to select a defensive player in the first round.

The Titans, however, hold two first-round picks (Nos. 5 and 18), and have a need at the position. NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly projects the Titans to take Williams with the No. 5 pick, though most analysts believe the club will address the need at No. 18.

A Look at the 2017 Chargers Schedule with a Glance at the Good and the Bad

The 2017 NFL Schedule is out as well as the 2017 San Diego Chargers Schedule, and here’s a look at the slate for the upcoming season, with the home games in bold:

Sep. 11 at Denver Broncos (Mon) 7:20 PM

Sep. 17 Miami Dolphins 1:05 PM

Sep. 24 Kansas City Chiefs 1:25 PM

Oct. 1 Philadelphia Eagles 1:05 PM

Oct. 8 at New York Giants 10:00 AM

Oct. 15 at Oakland Raiders 1:25 PM

Oct. 22 Denver Broncos 1:25 PM

Oct. 29 at New England Patriots 10:00 AM

Nov. 5 BYE

Nov. 12 at Jacksonville Jaguars 10:00 AM

Nov. 19 Buffalo Bills 1:05 PM

Nov. 23 at Dallas Cowboys (Thu) 1:30 PM

Dec. 3 Cleveland Browns 1:05 PM

Dec. 10 Washington Redskins 1:05 PM

Dec. 16 at Kansas City Chiefs (Sat) 5:25 PM

Dec. 24 at New York Jets 10:00 AM

Dec. 31 Oakland Raiders 1:25 PM

What’s Good about this Schedule: After an opening day game against the Rival Broncos, the Chargers have three straight at home, three games that could get this young team off to a quick start provided they can play well in their new surroundings. The Chiefs in the third week is an early key game.

What’s Bad about this Schedule: If the Bolts are going to make any sort of playoff push, they will have to do it on the road, as two of their final three games will be away from Los Angeles against the Chiefs on Christmas Day and then against the Jets in a final trip out East.