A new Madden 23 sim has a massive projection for Detroit Lions rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams.
Heading into Week 1, our friends over at App Trigger have run a full season simulation for the Madden 23 video game. Spoiler….the Detroit Lions don’t quite make the playoffs with a 7-10 record. In real-life, that would of course be along the lines of the broadly expected step in Dan Campbell’s second season as head coach.
A qualifier for the sim is every team is (and stays) perfectly healthy. So injuries, current or potential future, need not apply in this virtual world.
Here’s the simulation’s blurb about the Lions.
"Detroit Lions (7-10)The Lions are probably the only team in the NFL that every fan is rooting for, and that’s because we love the passion of head coach Dan Campbell. Although there’s marked improvement as the Lions post a 7-10 record, the team still misses out on the playoffs. But really, is anyone expecting a team led by Jared Goff to be a serious contender?Game-manager Goff throws for 4,633 yards, 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. D’Andre Swift rushes for 1,146 yards and 11 touchdowns, while adding 40 receptions, 319 yards and two touchdowns through the air. And first-round draft pick Jameson Williams looks like the real deal with 89 receptions for 1,148 yards and four touchdowns."
Madden 23 sim has huge projection for Detroit Lions rookie WR Jameson Williams
That 4,633 yards would he the third 4,600-plus yard passing season of Goff’s career. The receiving production sim for Swift (catches and yards) comes in very low based on real-life expectations.
But look at that projection for rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams. And not the four touchdowns, or even what comes out to an average of 12.9 yards per catch.
89 receptions for 1,148 yards
If Williams was healthy and going to play all 17 games, which of course he won’t being on the NFI list and out at least the first four games, that would be a campaign worthy of Offensive Rookie of the Year consideration. But alas, this Madden 23 sim may simply set a future bar for what Williams can do once he’s healthy and Lions fans will patiently await the unveiling of that potential.