Williams also said the competition at receiver doesn’t come with “bad blood.” This is a group that works with Philip Rivers, who has four straight 4,000-yard seasons. Mike Williams played a pivotal role in Clemson’s national championship last season. Allen is coming off a torn ACL, and Inman is out until training camp after undergoing core surgery. Williams said all of them have the potential to be a No. 1 receiver.
“We’re trying to make each other better,” Tyrell Williams said. “I feel like we’re going to put up a lot of points.”
For Williams, it’s about building on the momentum he created the last two seasons. As a rookie, he made a statement in Week 16 with two catches for 90 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against Kansas City. Last year, he took advantage of that opportunity to become a consistent big-play receiver. How consistent?
Williams was one of eight receivers with 19 catches of 20 yards or more last season. The others were T.Y. Hilton, Julio Jones, Antonio Brown, Amari Cooper, Beckham, Jordy Nelson and DeSean Jackson. While it might seem like an undrafted free agent from Western Oregon does not belong in the conversation, Williams doesn’t see it that way.
It’s far more important, it seems, to look good to the fans at a time that it means the absolute least. Not even the Panthers, including coach Ron Rivera, are all that concerned. The football-starved public appear to be the only ones going overboard about Benjamin.
Which is why those same people can be fed live Combine workouts, prime-time schedule release Cheap Jerseys Throwback shows, three days of the draft and five weeks of preseason games, and still beg for more.
Because they have the capacity to wag a finger at an NFL player for not being in shape in the middle of May, for a workout he could have completely skipped but did not.
To those people, we prescribe this: baseball every night, Stanley Cup Final next Monday, NBA Finals next Thursday.