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Pro Football Focus projects Chargers to finish 10-6 in 2017

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Pro Football Focus projects the Los Angeles Chargers to double the team’s win total from last year and finish 10-6 in 2017.

The analytics-based website projected the quality of each team, using those projections to predict the outcome of all 256 regular-season games.

Pro Football Focus takes into consideration Keenan Allen and Jason Verrett returning to the field healthy, along with several talent players already on the roster in Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, Philip Rivers and Casey Hayward.

The Oakland Raiders are the highest-projected AFC West team at 11-5, followed by the Chargers at 10-6, the Kansas City Chiefs at 9-7 and the Denver Broncos at 6-10.

My take: Earlier I predicted the Chargers would finish 9-7 this season so I’m also bullish on this team rebounding from back-to-back poor seasons. I would be surprised to see the Broncos finish at 6-10 and expect them to hover around .500.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with receivers coach Nick Sirianni about his group. Sirianni had this to say about Mike Williams: “Mike has the capability to singlehandedly change a game. He doesn’t even necessarily have to be open; he just knows how to make the catch. This is a guy who catches almost every ball no matter who’s on him or where he is on the field. It doesn’t matter if a guy is draped on his back. Mike brings another big receiver to Philip (Rivers), who has had success with bigger receivers. You think of Malcom [Floyd] who would go up and get the football. This guy can do that. He showed in college over and over again that he has the basketball awareness that Malcom had to go up and rebound the football.”

My take: The comparison to Floyd is a good one. It will be interesting to see if the Chargers use Williams in a similar manner once he fully heals from the back issue.

Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times writes that Tyrell Williams developed into a reliable option for the Chargers after a breakout season last year.

My take: One thing that stood out last year was Williams' ability to take a short pass like a shallow crossing route and create a big play with his speed. But Williams also understands he has to be more consistent catching the ball this season. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Williams had six drops last year.

Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune writes that the Saints have signed former Chargers third-round selection center Chris Watt after a tryout during minicamp last week

My take: Watt missed all of 2016 and was waived/injured by the Chargers in November of last year due to a lingering knee issue. It’s good to see the Notre Dame product has recovered enough to get back on the field.