Mentoring from Keenan Allen and yoga help Mike Williams get his groove – AFC West

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COSTA MESA, Calif. — Mike Williams jetted in and out of a cut, using his Spider-Man-like wingspan to reel in a ball from Philip Rivers, raising some eyebrows from observers at a recent practice.

“When he’s healthy, he can help us win,” Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said. “It’s just unfortunate that he was hurt most of the time [last year].”

Yes, after an underwhelming rookie season, the Clemson product is starting to look like his old self.

“I missed a lot of games, that was the main thing,” Williams said. “I missed camp and I missed the first four games. How can a quarterback get any rhythm with a receiver who missed all of camp and that many games?

“… Now that I have a full offseason, I’m out here trying to get a lot of balls. There’s a lot of motivation going into this season, not just to prove to everyone else, but to prove to myself. I know I’m capable of playing in this league, so I just have to go out every day and compete.”

Selected No. 7 overall by the Chargers in last year’s draft, Williams is attempting to bounce back from a disappointing rookie season in which he finished with 11 receptions for 95 receiving yards in 10 games played.

Williams missed all of training camp and the first month of the regular season in 2017 with a lower back disc herniation he suffered on the first day of rookie minicamp in May.

He then suffered a bone bruise on his right knee while running a route in the first quarter against the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day, forcing him to miss two more games.

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