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Chargers hope stealth receiver Jeremy Williams will make an impact

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Aug 2, 2010.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    Monday, August 2, 2010 at 10:12 p.m.

    One pass was deftly thrown by Philip Rivers to the left. Though surrounded by defenders, Antonio Gates was the only one to get a hand on the ball, essentially tipping it to himself for the catch and eliciting a natural response from the training-camp crowd:
    The next pass was released by rookie Jonathan Crompton to the right, and it appeared to be headed for no one in particular, if anyone at all. From amid a number of defenders in blue jerseys, a wide receiver went up and into full-sprawl mode to make the balletic reception, also eliciting a natural response from the crowd:
    This is sort of the Chargers’ plan and hope for Jeremy Williams, a first-year, free-agent wideout from Tulane with a degree in graphic arts and a similarly creative sense when it comes to his position. They like the idea of having a young receiver who comes in as a relative unknown and remains well under the radar, but has the skills to challenge for a role on a pass-minded team.
    “I’m a guy who can make those catches,” said Williams. “I’m a jump-ball guy. I can dive for balls. I’m really confident in my hands and what I bring to this team.”
    Though he certainly must have felt an urgency to make a fast impression on the Chargers, given the fact he arrived as an undrafted rookie, Williams joined a team not known for hurrying receivers along in the process. None of the returning Chargers veterans — Malcom Floyd , Legedu Naanee , Buster Davis — nor yet-to-return Vincent Jackson, were starters their first year.
    “That happens when you’ve already got good players in the starting lineup, as we have,” said head coach Norv Turner. “With the guys we’ve had here, it’s hard to break through.”
    The absence of Jackson opens a window of opportunity. The wonder is just what kind of receiver Williams might become and how the Chargers would use him. When he first went to Tulane, Williams was utilized primarily as an inside receiver in the spread offense. With the takeover of the program by Bob Toledo, Tulane played the pro-style West Coast offense, generally putting Williams on the flank.
    “I learned a different type of position that way,” said Williams of the pro-style attack. “We ran a lot more play-action, so I’d get behind the safety and get a lot of deep balls. I sort of flourished.”
    By virtually all accounts, about the only reason Williams wasn’t drafted by somebody was a knee bearing the scars of two operations. A relatively minor procedure repaired his lateral meniscus, but far more serious was microfracture surgery that ended his junior season.
    Not only did Williams return for his final year, but he seemed to blossom, making 84 receptions for 1,113 yards and seven scores. Earning a spot in the Senior Bowl, he was named Most Valuable Player of the South team with six catches for 82 yards and a 27-yard gain via a reverse. (Two of his Chargers teammates, Philip Rivers and Darren Sproles, also were Senior Bowl MVPs.)
    “Everything’s been back to normal with the knee,” said Williams, who’s also been returning punts in camp. “There are days when swelling gets in there. I’ve learned how to take care of it.”
    Disappointing as it was to go undrafted, Williams was left with more say about where he signed. He said Philadelphia , Jacksonville, Miami and Cleveland made overtures, but San Diego had a special appeal to a young man born and raised in Baytown, Texas.
    “I remember when I was a sophomore in college,” said Williams. “My graphic-design project was to come up with something looking at what we expected to be doing in the future. I made myself with the Charger emblem in the background.”
    “I really did. I swear,” he said. “There’s just always been something about the Chargers.”
  2. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    Williams was a steal. Will he make it to the final roster? Hard to say right now. Lots of guys fighting for a position or 2. I would place bets that he doesn't make it past waivers should we try to stash him on the PS.

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

    Jul 11, 2006
    He might come down with one of those mysterious camp ailments that are difficult to accurately diagnose.
  4. MasterOfPuppets

    MasterOfPuppets Charger fan since 1979

    Aug 8, 2006
    Acee says he's the leading candidate for the 5th wr spot

  5. Buck Melanoma

    Buck Melanoma Guest

    That's what I predicted a couple of weeks ago. IMO, if this is the way things are truly shaking out, then we could see one helluva camp battle between Reed & Banks.

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