Jameson Williams, a rookie wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, is about to make his much anticipated NFL debut.
The No. 12 overall choice in this year’s NFL Draft, who spent the previous 11 months recovering from an ACL tear sustained in college while playing for Alabama, is active for the Lions on Sunday when they host the Jacksonville Jaguars. He recently returned to practise.
Williams caught 79 catches for Alabama last season for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. Four of those 15 touchdowns were scored from 70 or more yards, while the remaining 11 all came from 30 or more. He joins a Lions offence that presently has 40 receptions of 20 yards or more and is ranked eighth in the NFL. Williams’ speed is at a new level, according to coaches and players who have been discussing it all week. Finally, Lions supporters may witness it for themselves.
Williams’ exact playing time is unknown, but the team probably will just use him for a small number of snaps in his first game action in 11 months. Williams will join Amon-Ra St. Brown, DJ Chark, Josh Reynolds, and Kalif Raymond as Detroit’s active receivers against a Jaguars defence that ranks 24th in total defence and 25th against the pass after wide out Tom Kennedy was inactive on Sunday.
Williams and seasoned defensive lineman Romeo Okwara (PUP list) were both activated off the NFI list on Saturday, although Okwara won’t be making his 2022 debut for at least another week. Okwara has been recovering from an Achilles tear for more than a year, and although though he was listed as active as of Saturday, he won’t be playing on Sunday.
On Detroit’s inactive list for the game against Jacksonville, Okwara is listed alongside Kennedy, cornerback Amani Oruwariye, guards Logan Stenberg, Evan Brown, and defensive lineman Michael Brockers.
The Lions will likely look to start Kayode Awosika at right guard for a second straight week since Brown will be out for a second straight game due to an ankle injury sustained during Week 11’s victory against the Giants. Jonah Jackson, a Pro Bowl guard who missed the Thanksgiving game against Buffalo due to a concussion, is indeed back at left guard for Detroit. Additionally, cornerback Jeff Okudah returns to the Lions after missing the Bills game due to a concussion.
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