The Los Angeles Chargers are eager to get their first-round pick back on the field.
Head coach Anthony Lynn admitted wide receiver Mike Williams, who has been sidelined since the first day of rookie camp due to back tightness, is already falling behind
“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, according to Eric D. Williams of ESPN. “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.”
Initially classified as nothing more than back tightness, the injury presumably won’t keep Williams out for an extended period of time. And he can likely still make up for lost time if he indeed gets back in the mix sooner rather than later. To Lynn’s point, though, every rep is critical when making the transition to the NFL level.
His chances of making an impact early in his pro career will be furthered by every snap he can take on the practice field, establishing a rapport with veteran quarterback Philip Rivers.
Los Angeles selected Williams with the No. 7 overall pick in April’s draft, making him the second wideout off the board following a season in which he helped Clemson to a national title with 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns.
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