Ian Rapoport of NFL Media is reporting that the Chargers are are eyeing an October debut for first-round pick WR Mike Williams, who is working his way back from a herniated disc in his back.
According to Rapoport, Williams is making “solid progress” by all accounts in regards to his rehab and has even been sprinting on the treadmill and on the practice field.
Sources tell Rapoport that the Chargers believe Williams can begin practicing in September and work his way into game shape by October, barring any sort of setback.
As of now, the Chargers have yet to make a decision about whether Williams will open the year on the PUP list, which would cost him the first six weeks of the 2017 season.
Either way, this is more positive news than some of the reports that first surfaced regarding Williams’ back injury.
Williams, 22, was selected with the No. 7 overall pick by the Chargers a few months ago. According to OverTheCap.com, Williams will receive a four-year contract worth $19,750,056, which includes a signing bonus of $12,503,676. The contract also has a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2020.
During his college career at Clemson, Williams caught 177 passes for 2,727 yards receiving (15.4 YPR) and 21 touchdowns over the course of 38 games.
We’ll have more regarding Williams as the news is available.