ALERT! There have been Jameson Williams sightings out at practice, running routes and being active. While there was optimism that the first round rookie wide receiver would be available this week versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, head coach Dan Campbell has already addressed the media saying, “I think that would be a tall order.” Campbell continued, “Anything’s open. Look, I think we need to be able to see them pull quite a few reps with high intensity and contact and versatility in whatever the job description will be. I don’t want to say it wouldn’t happen, but it would take a lot.”
While videos popped up on social media over the Thanksgiving week, Williams is still in the process of fully recovering from an ACL tear suffered in the National Championship game against Georgia in January. However, Williams is attempting to debunk theories of lingering physical and mental pain. “I feel like I’m past both of those. [I’m] just ready to suit up and play some football,” Williams said.
During the draft back in April, General Manager Brad Holmes, Campbell, and the rest of the front office traded up in the draft to select Williams with the twelfth overall pick. The Alabama receiver’s stock had dropped substantially after his non-contact injury; however, the Lions front office watched the tape and were in absolute disbelief and awe over the talent and star potential.
Williams recorded 1,572 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns on 79 completions. During the pre-draft process, Williams drew comparisons to elite NFL wide receivers, including Miami Dolphins superstar Tyreek Hill. Williams has a unique speed and acceleration that combines with pure athleticism and yards after the catch (YAC) ability. On his college tape, Williams is routinely burning defenders, leaving them in the dust, leading to massive chunk plays and scoring possessions.
While Williams true rookie season may be a throw away, this was the right move in the draft. His upside at the position is top notch, and should not be overlooked, as he adds to an offense that already has the likes of Amon-Ra St. Brown, D’Andre Swift, Jamaal Williams, and more. While he may not play this week against the Jaguars, expect a couple of routes in the following matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.