Lions coaches point to performance vs. Chargers as notable step for Jameson Williams

Jameson Williams had a notable, if somewhat hidden, good performance against the Chargers and it looks to be a notable step in his growth.

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This numbers were not outstanding (two catches for 18 yards), though he did have a touchdown called back by a penalty on left tackle Taylor Decker. But Jameson Williams played 52 percent of the Detroit Lions' offensive snaps in Week 10 against the Los Angeles Chargers, he was a key downfield blocker on David Montgomery's 75-yard touchdown run and was on the field for much of the game-winning drive (h/t to Pride of Detroit on the last point).

Head coach Dan Campbell previously noted, however obviously, how Williams had to build trust with the coaching staff. That appears to be happening, at least in the first game after the bye week. It seems like the numbers will come then, even if Williams won't be an Amon-Ra St. Brown-level target monster.

On Wednesday, via Ben Raven of MLive, Campbell talked about Williams' progress.

"Man, he’s part of the team. He’s one of the guys. He’s putting in a good day’s work. He’s physical. He’s tough,” Campbell said. “And so, the more that he earns his stripes here, the more opportunities he gets because every time he makes a block like he does or he runs the routes he’s running, he makes some catches, you just gain the trust of everybody around you and it just keeps going and going."

"And his comfort level, his confidence level is going up. So, he’s in a good place right now. He’s improving. It’s a good thing, man. We’re proud of the way he went after it the other day.”

Antwaan Randle El issues a bit of a warning about Jameson Williams

Antwaan Randle El compared Williams to a former teammate of his back in October. The Lions wide receivers coach also talked to reporters on Wednesday, and he thinks the production is coming for Williams because of all he's doing right.

"I think it’s coming,” Randle El said. “It’s just a matter of time, because he’s getting better. He’s excited about not just catching the ball -- He’s excited about being where he’s supposed to be when he’s supposed to be there (and) about getting blocks for his teammates and stuff like that. The selflessness is coming out. Like he wants to do more for the team -- Like, ‘I want to catch the ball.’ But at the same time, he wants to make sure he’s doing his part to be where he’s supposed to be when he’s supposed to be there and not just in the pass game, but in the run game, too.”

As much as many people (outside the Lions' building, at least) hoped to see more from Williams by this point, the sheer reality is he has still only played 223 offensive snaps in his career. Week 10 looks like a notable step in his progress.


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