During his regular Tuesday radio appearance, Lions head coach Dan Campbell offered an update on rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams.
As the calendar has flipped to November, the debut of Detroit Lions rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams is still coming and at times has not appeared close. But head coach Dan Campbell has offered a new update.
Making his regular weekly appearance on the Stoney and Jansen Show on 97.1 The Ticket Tuesday morning, Campbell reinforced his previous comments about when Williams would make his debut as he finishes his recovery from a torn ACL in January.
"I think we’re looking at December. If I’m trying to forecast here a little bit, I’m hoping sometime in December we get him,”"
Campbell was asked if there may come a point where shutting Williams down and delaying his debut to next season becomes possible.
"I think that would have to with, we just don’t feel good about him physically. It’s just not worth the risk relative to where his rehab has come, which I don’t forecast that being an issue.When he can go, I think it would be good for him to go. He needs some in-game experience, even if it’s only for a couple of games, two or three games. I think those are critical to get under his belt before next year if you can do it"
Lions rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams in line for December debut
If Williams plays in the Lions’ first December game, Week 13 on Dec. 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he could play as many as six games–or in another way to translate, more than a third of the season as a rookie coming off a major injury. Even if he’s on a snap count for the first few, those will be valuable in-game reps like Campbell said.
The Lions were always going to take it slow with Williams’ debut timeline. But fans are in line for an early Christmas present when he takes the field sometime next month.