Raiders WR Tyrell Williams named an elite deep ball threat
By Brad Weiss
The Las Vegas Raiders have a dangerous weapon in Tyrell Williams, and he was recently ranked one of the best deep ball guys in the NFL.
During the 2019 NFL season, newly acquired free agent wide receiver Tyrell Williams was supposed to be the Oakland Raiders No. 2 wideout behind superstar Antonio Brown. However, Brown actually never played a down in the Silver and Black, and Williams was thrust into the WR1 role.
He played outstanding football early on, catching a touchdown in each of the Raiders first four games. In fact, after he returned from injury in Week 8, he caught another touchdown, giving him a touchdown in five games straight to open up his career with the team.
Williams tried to gut his way through playing with Plantar fasciitis but it really hindered what he does best, and that is make big plays downfield. In fact, Williams is so good at it, that he is regarded as one of the best in the game in that category.
Tyrell Williams ranked No. 3 overall
Dustin Baker from NFL SpinZone recently ranked his top-5 deep ball wide receivers in the NFL, and Tyrell Williams cracked the rankings at No. 3 overall. It is no secret that Williams is an absolute menace deep, and we saw that early in the 2019 NFL season, when he was catching touchdowns on a weekly basis.
In fact, based on Baker’s rankings, the only two better deep ball wideouts in the league actually reside in the AFC West. Mike Williams from the Chargers, Tyrell’s former teammate in Los Angeles came in at No. 2 overall, with Kansas City’s Tyreek Hill rounding out the list as the best deep ball threat in the league.
Hill being ranked as No. 1 is more than fair, as he has shown since coming into the league that he can be explosive downfield. For Tyrell, he has always been known as a guy who can take the lid off a defense, as he has averaged over 16 yards per reception during his five-year NFL career.
The addition of Henry Ruggs III is only going to make Williams have an even bigger impact in 2020, as he is a premier WR2 in the league. In fact, you would be hard-pressed to find a team with a better WR2 than Williams, and now that he is healthy, you can expect a big second season out of him this Fall.