Jameson Williams began his college career at The Ohio State University, However, due to a crowded WR room, he decided to transfer to Alabama for the 2021 season. Throughout the span of that 2021 season, Williams was arguably the best receiver in college football. He amassed 79 receptions for 1,595 yards and 15 touchdowns. Between the combination of bis speed and agility on route running, “Jamo” is a matchup nightmare.
Entering the 2022 NFL Draft, The Detroit Lions were in need of a receiver to matchup alongside star WR Amon-Ra St. Brown. There were also many other franchises in need of WR. At picks 2 and 32, the Lions felt as if they were in a great position to find their guy. The Lions selected DE Aidan Hutchinson at 2 and now were scheduled to pick again at 32. However, a mid-first-round draft trade by GM Brad Holmes landed the Lions at the 12th pick with Jameson on the board. The Lions did indeed select Jamo, and since has been nothing short of a roller coaster.
Jameson injured his ACL in the national championship game in 2021. It was still hurt during the draft and would need rehabbing throughout the majority of Jameson’s rookie season. This injury did not allow Jameson to see the field until week 12 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jameson did not get any receptions that game, but it was the first game he was allowed to dress and at minimum participate with his team. However, in week 13 against division-rival Minnesota Vikings, Jameson caught his first NFL pass and touchdown when he dashed past the Vikings defense and got wide open for a 41-yard Touchdown.
It was the first time Lions fans got to witness his speed, and that play left many of us begging to see more. According to NFL next-gem stats and Zebra technologies, Williams ran an incredible 20.3 MPH on his touchdown route. To put that into perspective, Miami Dolphins star WR Tyreek Hill’s fastest speed in his career was recorded at 22.64 MPH. The Lions may have found Cheetah 2.0.However, that would be the only glimpse of Jamo that Lions fans would see for the rest of the season as he was shut down to reduce another injury risk.
2023 was supposed to be the Jameson Williams year. Fans were excited to see a full season of Jamo and how he would fit into this new-look Lions culture. He seemed to have been putting in work with QB Jared Goff and fellow receivers Amon-Ra and Josh Reynolds. Unfortunately, in early May, Jameson and three other Lions were suspended for violating the NFL’s gambling policy. Although some of his teammates received a full-season suspension, Jameson received six games because he placed a bet inside the Lions facility on a non-NFL game.
The news shocked the Lions fanbase and all of the NFL. Jameson has since spoken on the suspension stating he had “no idea” he was breaking any rules. In addition, he reassured fans that “I’m not a gambler. I’m a football player.”
Jameson Williams will be back in The Lions week 7 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. One positive thing about this situation is that it has drawn former Lions WR and pro football hall of famer Calvin Johnson closer to the Lions. He has recently been seen at Lions OTA’s helping the WR room. And offering guidance to Dan Campbell and this coaching staff. Jameson will be looking to take what Megatron has taught him and apply it to his already dynamic skillset. I expect Jamo to become one of the most dynamic threats in the whole league. Nut it has definitely been frustrating waiting. He will be an integral part of this 2023 Lions team. A team that is currently projected 9.5 wins and a division title.
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