Getty Detroit Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams warned the NFL that he plans to score many more touchdowns.
Wide receiver Jameson Williams scored 15 touchdowns in 15 games during his final college season at Alabama in 2021. But in 11 games over two seasons with the Detroit Lions, Williams reached the end zone just twice.
In Week 10 against the Los Angeles Chargers, Williams scored, but the play did not count due to an illegal low block penalty against the Lions.
However, the lack of touchdowns doesn’t worry Williams too much. He told the media on November 16 that he would soon be scoring a lot more goals.
“I was a little angry, but I just made the next play,” Williams said of the canceled touchdown. “I plan on scoring a lot more touchdowns, so I’m really not going to let that get in the way.”
Not counting the canceled touchdown, Williams received two scores in Week 10. He caught both for 18 yards.
Lions’ Jameson Williams says he’s not worried about targets
Apparently Williams isn’t worried too much these days. Not only was the second-year receiver unfazed by the lack of scoring, but he also told the media that he wasn’t worried about his goals.
“I really don’t know what to say about the goals because I’m not really focused on that,” Williams told reporters. “I’m just focused on winning.
“We have something really good going on right now, something that Detroit hasn’t seen in a long time, and we’re just focused on keeping that going. It doesn’t matter who gets the ball. On our team, when you see the ball in someone’s hands, you see how they play, that’s all that really matters to us.”
Williams has four catches for 34 yards in the last three games since scoring a 45-yard touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6. But Williams made an impact in other ways, too.
In the first half against the Chargers, Williams delivered a block 45 yards down the field to set up David Montgomery for a 75-yard touchdown run.
Williams could also get a lot of credit for Detroit’s interim success in the passing game. The opposing safeties play far away from the line of scrimmage to prevent Williams from making a play, causing receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown and tight end Sam LaPorta to see gaps underneath.
“He’s excited not only to catch the ball, but also to be where he’s supposed to be, when he’s supposed to be there, getting blocks for his teammates and stuff like that,” Lions wideout said. Receivers coach Antwaan Randle El told reporters November 16.
Williams played 34 offensive snaps in each of the last two games, the most of his career.
Lions WR coach Antwaan Randle El says “It’s coming for Williams.”
The Detroit receivers coach is pleased that Williams is doing whatever it takes to help the team win. But Randle El agreed with his young receiver – Williams will soon have an impact on the statistics.
“I think it just comes,” Randle El told reporters about Williams. “It is a matter of time.”
Lions head coach Dan Campbell expects Williams to get better too.
“He’s improving. I think I said this before: He feels like one of them now, man. He’s part of the team,” Campbell told reporters on Nov. 15. “He’s one of the guys. He had a good day. He is physical. He’s tough and the more he earns here, the more chances he gets.
“And his comfort level, his confidence goes up. So he’s doing well at the moment. He is improving. That’s a good thing, man. We’re proud of the way he handled it the other day.”
This season, Williams has 8 receptions for 89 yards and a touchdown. In Week 10, his best statistical performance came in Week 6 when he had two catches for 53 yards in the touchdown against the Buccaneers.
Dave Holcomb is a sports reporter who covers the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions for Heavy.com. Originally from Pittsburgh, Holcomb has covered college and professional sports for media outlets such as Fansided, Rotowire and Yardbarker. More about Dave Holcomb