Detroit Lions feel Jameson Williams is NFL superstar
Fans haven’t seen or heard much from Detroit Lions 2022 first-round pick Jameson Williams through the first 12 weeks of the season. Williams has not been seen outside of occasional updates from Dan Campbell, the Lions head coach.
Soon Williams will make his debut as a Lion. His lengthy rehab from a torn ACL suffered in the 2022 National Championship is nearing its conclusion. He started practicing last week and could make his debut against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.
The rookie admitted he doesn’t know when that debut will be. Campbell stated that Williams would need to be there Sunday, but he wouldn’t rule out the possibility.
“It’s really my decision when it comes to it,” Williams said to reporters Thursday. “I’ll probably find out when y’all discover.”
” “I feel okay, it’s good,” he added. “Like I said, it’s not my decision.”
Coming off a knee injury, there are questions about whether Williams is back to the full extent of his burning speed. Although he wouldn’t say he was at his maximum speed, he said that he is getting closer.
“Somewhere close to it,” he said. “I feel really fast, I’m running fast right now. I’m feeling good.”
Without playing for the first 12 weeks, Williams could require an adjustment period. He doesn’t worry about the rust that comes along with a break from football when he makes his debut.
“I wouldn’t say that I feel rusty. I’ve been getting back to my feet,” Williams stated. “I’ve been running around a bit now, so it’s just that I’m back with the team. I wouldn’t call myself rusty.
The addition Williams to an already strong receiving corps, led by Amon Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds and DJ Chark. It has been difficult to establish chemistry with Jared Goff as a quarterback, but he is making up for lost time once he is back on the field.
“Great quarterback,” Williams said of Goff. “He’s been throwing with all of them, and he’s been putting it right where it needs. I’ve been running great routes and having lots of fun. That’s the most important thing.”
The rookie has drawn high praise from his teammates since returning to practice. Chark spoke more about his young teammate’s potential.
” “I think we’re all excited for Williams’ debut,” Chark said. “The excitement you guys feel is the same as ours, it’s real. He’s a star, and I believe it. I’m willing to do anything I can to help him. He is aware of that and shares that knowledge with all the receivers. He is getting back into practice, which is a big step, trust me, it’s understandable. It’s going to be great for everyone once he’s back on the field. This team and we all benefit. And, the future, he’s got a bright future.”
Chark has been hampered by injuries, as well, returning to action in Week 11 after a stint on injured reserve. Chark is confident that the unit will perform at a high standard once the room is fully healed (after Williams’s addition).
“He is fast,” Chark said. Chark said that one thing that Chark has that many guys lack is confidence. Only the confidence to get out there and play. That’s half of the battle. If you believe that you can make the game, you will. I feel like he does. Once he is acclimated to the system, you have guys like him (St. Brown), Kalif Raymond, (Reynolds), and me. I mean, the sky’s the limit.”
Williams’ excitement for his return was palpable. He hasn’t played since Jan. 10, when the injury occurred. He is now ready to return to action after his lengthy confinement on the sidelines. He shared his mindset with a competitor.
“It is my job, it is something I love to work,” Williams said. It’s something that I have always taken seriously. Since I was five years of age, I have been playing since. So, I’m 21 now. So, it’s 15 years, plus more coming down the line. It’s something I love, something I take seriously, and something that I am passionate about. It’s something that I love, and I feel like I’m in the right place when I step on the field. It’s straight football when I’m on the field.”
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