The wait to see Jameson Williams in Honolulu Blue is officially over. Per Ian Rapoport, the wide receiver is active for Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. While his targets will be limited, he will be an asset for this team.
The wide receiver was drafted 12th overall by the Detroit Lions in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Lions traded up to get him, which was a move many were not expecting. Williams suffered a torn ACL in the 2022 College Football Playoff while playing for Alabama, and has done nothing but rehab for the entirety of this season so far.
The Lions announced Williams’ return to practice on November 21st via a Twitter post.
Since then, Lions fans have been shouting through the rooftops in excitement to see him play or even just practice. He participated in his first full practice on Wednesday, and his speed was noticed. Offensive Coordinator Ben Johnson says that his speed was impressive, but that wasn’t the only thing impressive about the player.
“Yeah, I’ve only seen him really full speed, that was yesterday, and certainly the speed does pop out. Hopefully we can keep getting him more reps, and as he’s getting acclimated and we’ll see where that takes us, but honestly, I’ve been more impressed in anything – once he gets in between those white lines, his demeanor is all about football. It’s what we thought we were getting when we drafted him back in the spring, and that’s held true. The guy loves the game, and you can just see him light up, and he’s all about ball.”
Earlier in the week, Dan Campbell said it would be a “tall order” for Williams to play this week, but apparently, the rookie proved himself.
The coaches aren’t the only people who took notice of Williams’ speed, the players are also excited to get him on the field. Jared Goff spoke to reporters in the locker room on Wednesday saying “He’s fast. He’s very, very fast.” Goff even compared him to Houston Texans’ wide receiver Brandin Cooks.
“Brandin Cooks is probably the fastest guy I’ve played with, and it’s a different type of speed, though. And again, I haven’t seen him play in a real game, but he’s longer. He’s a stride guy. He’s got length, he’s got wingspan. Brandin was more just kind of a burner and has done that well for a long time, but Jameson, he can extend on guys. He can really make catches away from his body, that type of stuff.”
Another player rooting for Williams is wide receiver DJ Chark. Chark spoke extremely highly of Williams, even calling him a “superstar” before he’s made his NFL debut.
“The excitement that you guys feel, that we feel, is real. I definitely believe he’s a superstar, so anything I can do to help a guy like that, I’m here and he knows that.”
Williams played two years at Ohio State before playing his final year at Alabama. In his time with Alabama, he caught 79 passes for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns and finished ranking fourth in the nation with 1,947 all-purpose yards. Prior to college, he won two state track and field titles, and he currently holds the Missouri state record in the 300-meter hurdles that was previously set by Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott. Dan Campbell spoke on his speed in a press conference a couple of weeks ago.
“I know this, he can run. He can run, and that’s not hard to do. You either got it or you don’t, and he’s got it. So, in that regard, he can help.”
The Detroit Lions face the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday at 1pm ET.
Maddy Miller – Detroit Lions Beat Reporter
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