Raiders expecting big things from Tyrell Williams

AP

Tyrell Williams said after last season that he considers himself a “No. 1 receiver.” Yet, he chose to sign with the Raiders only days after they traded for Antonio Brown, the clear No. 1 receiver in their offense.

Williams hopes Brown’s presence helps him.

It’s vertical,” Williams said, via Scott Bair of NBCSportsBayArea.com. “We like to go down the field, and I feel like that’s one of my strong points, taking it and stretching the field. I think that will be big for me being able to get a lot of [focus] go to ‘AB,’ so I feel like I’ll get a lot of one-on-one coverage down the field. It’ll be big for me.”

Williams has showed off his speed — he ran a 4.42 in the 40-yard dash in 2015 — in the team’s offseason program as he and quarterback Derek Carr have developed a deep connection.

“Yeah,” Williams said. “Everybody thinks I can’t run.”

Williams made 41 catches for 653 yards and five total touchdowns in 2018, giving him 155 receptions for 2,530 yards and 17 total touchdowns in his four seasons with the Chargers.

The Raiders expect Williams to be even more productive than he was with the Chargers because of Brown’s presence.

“He can run these routes and set people up,” Carr said of Williams. “He’s a technician also. He’s just not a big, raw body.”

10 responses to “Raiders expecting big things from Tyrell Williams

  1. But is AB gonna be cool with Tyrell getting some targets?

    This team could be pretty good but so many mercurial characters makes it look iffy. Be cool if they can make it happen though.

  2. Hate to see it but the Raiders WR core could be very good. Brown and Williams are a really good duo. The big question is whether Carr can do his part.

  3. Lol. This all implies Williams was double-teamed while playing for the Chargers, which is 100% false. He’ll see the same coverages he has always seen.

  4. Lol. He was never a #1 when the Chargers WRs were healthy. He was a quasi-#3 guy who disappeared on the regular. He was Malcom Floyd lite. Please stop with this #1 WR nonsense. When Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry and Travis Benjamin were healthy…Tyrell Williams was the #5 option in the passing game. Good for him for getting paid, but please stop acting like this dude is going to be some dominant #2/#1 option….I’ve watched every game of his professional career. He was a product of circumstances decimating the Chargers WR corps when he actually did produce.

  5. He wasn’t productive with a QB that’s probably 5x better than Derek Carr, but now he’s going to be more productive. Okay.

  6. I think things are looking pretty good in Oakland. Grudens seems to be doing exactly what I was hoping he’d do. He was never away from NFL football, like he was portrayed to have been. In fact, he was studying all 32 teams. I also think his work at ESPN involving the draft is paying huge dividends. He has basically been preparing for this Coach/GM opportunity since he left, he and Mark Davis just had to wait for the right timing. I think year 2 is going to be fun, and 2020 in Vegas could be a dream season.

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