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Nov 23, 2023 2 51 38 0 5
Nov 19, 2023 2 44 32 1 10
Nov 12, 2023 2 18 13 0 1
Oct 30, 2023 2 16 22 0 1
Oct 22, 2023 0 0 0 0
Player Outlook
Through six career games, Williams has one touchdown on one catch and a 40-yard rush. Normally we'd tell you to ignore someone like this -- especially someone with a six-week suspension to start the season -- but Williams is a talented receiver. His speed is good enough to compete with Tyreek Hill, his size gives him a large catch radius and his practice experience in Detroit both last fall and this summer should eliminate any remaining learning curve. Once Williams comes back in Week 7, he should begin seeing at least six targets per game with gamebreaking potential on every touch. He's the perfect kind of high-upside flex to pencil into lineups once he serves his suspension. If you like the depth at receiver this year, you could draft Williams in late Round 8 and find someone else to fill in. By Thanksgiving, we should know if Williams is a stud or a bust.

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2023 12 184 15.33 2 0.00 284
2022 1 41 41.00 1 40 40.00 61
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Role expanding

    Offensive coordinator Ben Johnson indicated that Williams could see increased usage moving forward. "[Williams'] reps are going up. He continues to get out there and the ball is just going to keep gravitating to him a little bit more than it already has." After seeing no more than a quarter of the offensive snaps in any game as a rookie and no more than 50 percent in any game before Detroit's Week 9 bye week, Williams logged between 52 and 68 percent of the offensive snaps in each of the three games since the bye. While the Alabama product didn't see more than three targets in any of them, there is legitimate hope that his workload could increase since nothing correlates stronger with statistical production than playing time.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Totals 51 yards

    Williams caught two of three targets for 51 yards during Thursday's loss to the Packers. While Williams' 58 percent snap share is a downturn from the career-high 68 percent he saw last week, he set a new career high with 49 offensive snaps on a day the Lions ran 84 offensive plays. That figure matched No. 2 wide receiver Josh Reynolds, who had consistently been seeing around three quarters of the offensive snaps when healthy this year, though Kalif Raymond and Donovan Peoples-Jones saw added snaps as well. However, even though the recent increase in playing time has been a positive development for Williams, he'll likely need to evolve into the clear No. 2 wide receiver behind Amon-Ra St. Brown in order to gain fantasy relevance in a passing game otherwise headed by tight end Sam LaPorta and running back Jahmyr Gibbs.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Two catches in Week 11 win

    Williams caught two of three targets for 44 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's 31-26 win over the Bears. Most of Williams' yardage came on a 32-yard touchdown catch, which is his second-longest play of the season after a 45-yard touchdown reception against the Buccaneers in Week 6. The big-play threat has drawn more than three targets only once in six 2023 appearances heading into Thursday's home game against the Packers on Thanksgiving.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Takes step in right direction

    Williams secured both of his targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 41-38 win over the Chargers. While Williams has yet to put together a breakout performance, he seemingly took a step in the right direction while logging a career-high 52 percent of the offensive snaps coming out of Detroit's bye week. In addition to not dropping any of his passes, Williams made a key block during David Montgomery's 75-yard touchdown scamper that contributed heavily to the Lions' three-point win. Given that offensive coordinator Ben Johnson reportedly told Williams that his involvement in the offense won't grow unless he first improves as a blocker, per John Maakaron of Sports Illustrated, this performance should lead to a bigger role. However, one complicating factor is the presence of the recently acquired Donovan Peoples-Jones (ribs), who has yet to play a snap for the Lions as he gets healthy and learns the playbook.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Another forgettable showing

    Williams caught two of three targets for 16 yards during Monday's win over Las Vegas. After a brutal Week 7 showing that saw Williams catch zero passes on six targets, Williams dropped another pass on his first target of the game before getting leveled on a jet sweep that counted as a reception for Williams. While he otherwise managed to catch a pass for a positive gain, Williams has only one of those over the past two weeks despite now running as the clear No. 3 receiver behind Amon-Ra St. Brown and Josh Reynolds. The bright side is that Williams is earning targets at a much higher rate than Reynolds, and the absence of Marvin Jones (personal) only bodes well for Williams' playing time going forward. After a Week 9 bye, Williams will return for a Week 10 date with a Chargers team allowing the most yards per reception league-wide (8.4) and 33.9 more passing yards per game to the next-closest team through eight weeks.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: No output despite six targets

    Williams saw six targets but did not catch a pass during Sunday's loss to Baltimore. Williams turned in a disappointing performance despite a new career high in usage, not only dropping a pair of fourth-quarter passes but also stopping short on another route and being the intended target on Jared Goff's lone interception. Outside of catching a pair of long touchdowns thus far into his young career -- a 41-yard catch in Week 14 of last season and a 45-yarder last week against Tampa Bay -- Williams has otherwise caught just three of 19 targets for 10 yards through nine career games. With each of Amon-Ra St. Brown, Sam LaPorta and Jahmyr Gibbs commanding the majority of Goff's attention lately, Williams will be nothing more than the fourth option in the passing game entering a Week 8 matchup with the Raiders.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Makes most of limited role

    Williams recorded two receptions on three targets for 53 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Buccaneers. Amon-Ra St. Brown and Sam LaPorta accounted for 26 targets, while no other Detroit receiver saw more than three. Williams was among that group, though he managed to stand out thanks to a long 45-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter. In addition to showing off his deep speed, Williams made an impressive adjustment on the underthrown ball and managed to out-maneuver a defender blanketed on him. He has only six targets across his first two games of the season, though his performance Sunday could earn him a more significant role moving forward.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Small role in debut

    Williams caught two of three targets for two yards during Sunday's 42-24 win over Carolina. Williams' highly-anticipated 2023 debut was more or less of a dud from a production standpoint. Despite the absences of Amon-Ra St. Brown (abdomen) and Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring), Williams tied for fourth among Lions wide receivers in snaps and didn't do much with the opportunities he was given. Meanwhile, Josh Reynolds, Kalif Raymond and Sam LaPorta did most of the heavy lifting for a Detroit passing game that efficiently accumulated 236 yards. Even if St. Brown remains sidelined Week 6 at Tampa Bay, Williams may not be needed for the kind of volume that would warrant consideration for fantasy lineups.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Limited role expected in debut

    Williams (not injury related), who is listed as questionable but on track to play Sunday against the Panthers, is expected to be limited to around 20 snaps in his season debut, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. After missing the first four games of the season while serving a suspension for violating the NFL's gambling policy, Williams was cleared to return to practice this week and was a full participant in sessions Wednesday through Friday. Though the time off while he served his suspension has allowed Williams to heal up from his preseason hamstring injury, the Lions don't appear ready to turn him loose for a full-time role in his 2023 debut. Even though he'll likely be in store for a light snap count Sunday, Williams could still be heavily targeted during his limited time on the field, as the Lions are expected to be without two of their top pass catchers in Amon-Ra St. Brown (abdomen) and Jahmyr Gibbs (hamstring).
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Expected to play Sunday

    Williams (non-injury) is expected to play in Sunday's Week 5 game against the Panthers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Williams had his six-game gambling ban reduced to four games earlier in the week and was immediately eligible to return to the team. He practiced this week and showed enough to get on the field Sunday. Even with Amon-Ra St. Brown (abdomen) doubtful and not expected to play, Williams shouldn't be counted on for a full-time role. Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond are the favorites for snaps.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Listed as questionable

    Williams (not injury related) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Carolina. This would seem to be the Lions' way of suggesting that Williams may not be ready to play even though he's healthy and no longer suspended. It also adds to concerns about his potential workload in the event he's active ahead of the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff, though the Lions don't exactly have great WR alternatives with No. 1 Amon-Ra St. Brown (abdomen) listed as doubtful and Josh Reynolds (groin) deemed questionable. Reynolds was a full practice participant Friday and at this point looks like the safest bet for snaps and targets among Detroit's WRs.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: WRs to Sit

    Williams got his six-game suspension for violating the NFL's gambling policy reduced to four games, so he's eligible to play in Week 5. That's great news, but I wouldn't plan to start him in the majority of leagues against Carolina. While there's clearly plenty of upside for Williams as a Fantasy asset, let's see how the Lions use him in his first game back -- if at all. Dan Campbell even said Williams will have a limited role. I expect Williams to make plenty of plays as the season goes on, and I want him on my Fantasy roster. But I won't be starting him in most leagues in his 2023 debut.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Logs full practice Wednesday

    Williams was listed as a full participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report. Williams' six-game suspension to begin the season due to a violation of the NFL's gambling policy was reduced to four games last Friday after the league and NFL Players Association agreed to an amended policy. The Lions have a roster exemption for Williams until next Monday, but considering the team's top two wide receivers are tending to injuries, Williams could have a decent role off the bat Sunday against the Panthers, despite head coach Dan Campbell's assertion Monday that the second-year wideout won't be asked to handle a full-time role in his 2023 debut, per Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Williams' situation for Sunday's contest versus the Panthers may change if one or both of Amon-Ra St. Brown (abdomen, no practice Wednesday) and Josh Reynolds (groin, limited practice) are sidelined this weekend.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Back at facility but can't practice

    Williams (suspension) returned to Detroit's team facility Monday, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports. Williams remains ineligible to participate in group workouts or practices, and the earliest he can play in a game is Week 7 against Baltimore. In addition to his gambling suspension, Williams also has been rehabbing a hamstring injury, though it's unclear where he stands in the recovery process from that injury. Detroit's team doctors will get a chance to assess the health of the wide receiver's hamstring with nearly a month remaining before he'll be eligible to play. Once he returns, the 2022 first-round pick could find himself battling for playing time with Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond. Reynolds is tied with rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs for third on the team with 13 targets through three games, trailing Amon-Ra St. Brown (28) and rookie tight end Sam LaPorta (22).
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Away from team for next month

    Williams (suspension) has a "plan in place" to rehab his hamstring injury until Week 4 when he can work with team doctors again, Nolan Bianchi of The Detroit News reports. Williams has been barred from the team facility since Tuesday and can't rejoin the Lions until the start of Week 4 (Tues., Sept. 26) or play in a game until Week 7 (Oct. 22 at BAL). A hamstring injury cut his preseason short after a 2-18-0 receiving line on seven targets in the opener, but it shouldn't end up impacting his regular season given that he's suspended for the first six games anyway. The Lions discussed a rehab plan with Williams' agent for the four weeks he's away from the team.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Likely done for preseason

    Coach Dan Campbell said Thursday that Williams (hamstring/suspension) won't play Saturday versus the Jaguars and "there's a good chance" he's done for the preseason, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports. Williams is already suspended for the first six games of the regular season, giving him plenty of time to recover, but every missed offseason rep will be impactful for the second-year pro. A 2022 first-round pick, Williams scarcely played as a rookie while working his way back from an ACL tear suffered in college. As he won't be eligible to even participate in team practices while suspended, it wouldn't be surprising if Williams gets off to a slow start when eligible to play, and healthy, during the 2023 season.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Appears to pull hamstring

    Williams (suspension) left Wednesday's practice early due to an apparent right hamstring injury, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports. Williams was able to walk to the locker room under his own power, according to Kyle Meinke of MLive.com. The second-year wideout, who is already facing a six-game suspension to begin the season, missed time earlier in training camp due to a minor leg injury. After missing most of his rookie season while recovering from an ACL tear, Williams can scarce afford to miss many of the preseason reps remaining ahead of Week 1.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Seven targets in preseason opener

    Williams caught two of seven targets for 18 yards in Friday's 21-16 preseason win over the Giants. The Lions dialed up a few deep balls to Williams, but he and backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld couldn't get on the same page. After missing most of his rookie season while recovering from a torn ACL, Williams is expected to stretch the field for Detroit with his speed once his six-game suspension for gambling expires. The 2022 first-round pick should continue to be featured heavily throughout the preseason.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: In line for many preseason reps

    Head coach Dan Campbell said Wednesday that Williams (suspension) will get "a ton of game reps" during the Lions' three preseason contests, Tim Twentyman of the team's official site reports. Detroit opens its exhibition slate Aug. 11 against the Giants, a game in which Williams can expect to see significant run. Whether or not that'll be with Jared Goff and the rest of the first-team offense is unknown, but, as Campbell noted, Williams "didn't practice last year" due to his recovery from a torn ACL that sidelined the wide receiver until Week 13. Once he got on the field, Williams' snap count was managed, and he logged just two touches, but they went for a 41-yard touchdown catch and a 40-yard carry. So far in training camp, he's had little issue getting open against the Lions defense, but issues with drops continue to plague him. In any case, the team has a plan for Williams to get as much work as possible before he's required to serve a six-game gambling suspension to start the upcoming campaign.
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  • Lions' Jameson Williams: Getting open but dropping passes

    Williams (suspension) had little trouble creating separation from defenders at Sunday's practice but struggled with drops, MLive.com's Kyle Meinke reports. It was the 22-year-old's first padded practice of the summer after missing a few days with a minor leg injury. The Lions figure to keep him fairly busy in practice and perhaps even the preseason, considering Williams will have six weeks to rest at the start of the regular season while serving a suspension for violations of the NFL's gambling policy. Once the 2022 first-round pick is eligible to play, he should have every chance to emerge as the top perimeter threat in an offense that otherwise has its most dangerous playmakers working from the slot (Amon-Ra St. Brown) or backfield (Jahmyr Gibbs, David Montgomery). The drops are something to keep an eye on given that Williams had three on eight targets last season, though it sounds like his speed is what's really making an impression so far.
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