The Detroit Lions entered the 2021-2022 season with one of the most unproven receiving groups in the National Football League.
When the dust settled, the team had found some players at the position, including Amon-Ra St. Brown, who caught 90 balls for 912 yards and five touchdowns, and Kalif Raymond, who had 48 receptions for 576 yards and four touchdowns.
Both guys showed potential as the quality underneath receivers that pair well with quarterback Jared Goff, but the Lions were clearly missing something in their overall lineup.
T.J. Hockensen had 61 receptions for 583 yards and four touchdowns as well.
Overall, the Lions still lacked a deep threat, however. A big-play receiver who strikes fear into the heart of the defense.
According to Head Coach Dan Campbell, Detroit may have found their deep threat in this year’s draft.
Campbell Shares Excitement Over First Round Pick Jameson Williams
Campbell spoke to The Monday Morning Quarterback’s Albert Breer about the first-round picks made by General Manger Brad Holmes.
He called #2 overall pick Aidan Hutchinson “relentless,” and said he still has plenty of room to grow even with his polished overall game that saw him become the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 2021.
Regarding wide receiver Jameson Williams, Campbell believes the Alabama product could cause a lot of trouble for opposing defenses next season, as long as he is healed up from ACL surgery.
Most teams didn’t have any concerns with Williams’ knee long-term according to journalist Ian Rapoport.
Below, he is seen rehabbing, as part of a process that has been going smoothly.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 25, 2022
Campbell had the following to say about Williams, who could team up with the Lions’ current trio of possession receivers to add a much-needed deep threat that could give opposing defenses a run for their money.
He talked about the first time he saw Williams play.
“I’m like, Whoa, this is a little bit different now,” Campbell said. “This player here, he puts the fear of God in a defense. And that’s what we want.”
“The first play I ever saw of him, ever, was him running down on punt team as a gunner. And just crushing the returner — running and just crushing the returner. This guy is a high-level gunner on punt team. This guy is aggressive.
He’s more than just a receiver. He’s a highly competitive football player.”
Check out some highlights of Williams in the video below.
Could the Lions have gotten themselves a steal with the #12 selection of Williams this season?