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

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Williams says he’s regularly doing yoga and Pilates to help improve flexibility and relax the muscles in his back, along with the rest of his body.

“When I hurt my back from sitting out so long it got a little tightness in the hamstrings and my lower back, so I used yoga to stretch that out, get that right and get my core right,” Williams said. “So all of that stuff is helping me.”

Along with the rehab work, Williams is getting some assistance from one of the best receivers in the NFL on a regular basis in teammate Keenan Allen.

“He helps me a lot,” Williams said about Allen. “Just out here now on every break point he’ll let me know, ‘Oh, that’s too many steps at the top,’ or ‘Yeah, that was a good one right there.’

“Watching film, he’ll look over, tell me that I should stem all of my routes like that and make all of my routes look the same — just little stuff. We’re all in the same room, and he’s a Pro Bowler, so all of us pretty much look at him and look at his routes because he knows how to get open in this league. Everybody takes a lot from him and puts it in our own game.”

Williams added that by practicing against the talented cornerbacks like Casey Hayward, Jason Verrett, Trevor Williams and Desmond King, he can only get better.

“We’ve got some of the best corners in this league,” Williams said. “So I feel like going against those guys in practice, the games should be easy. I know we’re going to see some good work in practice, and I’m looking forward to it.”

As for the doubters after his rookie season, Williams believes he will perform in Year 2.

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