Former Alabama Receiver Makes NFL Debut
Former Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams made his NFL debut today for the Detroit Lions against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Williams caught no catches and was targeted once in the Lions 40-14 win against the Jaguars.
Williams tore his ACL against the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2022 National Championship and has been recovering ever since. The Lions selected Williams with the No, 12 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Williams had 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns in his only year at Alabama after transferring from Ohio State, playing alongside future first-round pick quarterback Bryce Young. Jamo showed exceptional speed and playmaking ability which helped his stock climb throughout the season. In 2021, Williams was selected First-Team All-SEC and All-American, as well as Co-SEC Special Teams Player of the Year.
Williams began his career at Ohio State before moving to Tuscaloosa. In Columbus, he didn't get much playing time, which didn't help when you're playing behind first-round pick Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, and future first-round pick Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Williams submitted his name into the transfer portal and found a home in T-Town where he helped the Crimson Tide win the 2021 SEC Championship and advance to the 2022 National Championship.
Jamo had not played this season due to his recovery from the ACL injury until today. The Lions are 5-7 and second in the NFC North. Given that there are more competitive teams in the NFC, they won't contend for a postseason spot this year, but the Lions have demonstrated their capability to rack up a lot of points and feature a bevy of young, skilled weapons. Adding an elite playmaker like Jameson Williams brightens the team's future even further than it currently appears in Detroit. The Lions will be fighting for the NFC North title sooner than most people believe.