Jameson Williams

Jameson Williams

23-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Detroit Lions
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Wide receivers these days almost always break out within their first two seasons or not at all, but Nico Collins proved in 2023 that the third-year breakout isn't totally dead. Williams also has better excuses than most, having suffered an ACL tear at the very end of his college career and then missing the first six games of 2023 for a gambling suspension (ok, maybe that second part isn't such a good excuse...). The other good news? He's still only 23, his elite speed is evident to the naked eye, he'll be playing in a top offense, and the Lions don't have anyone else suited to the WR2 role. Of course, they don't necessarily need the WR2 to be a volume guy given their numerous other weapons, nor have they shown any signs of being the type of team that would force a player targets just because he was a 12th overall pick. Williams will need to earn everything he gets, just as he did as a 20-year-old at Alabama in 2021 (79-1,572-15) following two seasons of obscurity at Ohio State behind Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. Unfortunately for fantasy managers, there is an outcome where Williams takes a big step forward in 2024 from a real-life standpoint but still doesn't see enough targets to be a reliable fantasy starter, as he'll still be in an offense that wants to feed WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, TE Sam LaPorta and RBs Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery. While a truly elite player could force his way into that picture, Williams appears more on track to land somewhere between 'star' and 'bust'. Read Past Outlooks
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#116.23
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$Signed a four-year, $17.46 million contract with the Lions in May of 2022
Making improvements
WRDetroit Lions
May 23, 2024
Coach Dan Campbell said Thursday that Williams is "a man on a mission" and has made notable improvements this offseason, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Williams hasn't yet lived up to his 12th overall draft capital from back in 2022, but he's also faced unique hurdles to begin his NFL career. His big-play ability is undeniable, as is the opportunity for a third playmaker to emerge in Detroit's passing game behind standouts Amon-Ra St. Brown and Sam LaPorta, though plenty of targets should be distributed to running backs Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery. Potential for a year-three breakout is still there, but it depends on Williams truly logging an impressive offseason and earning consistent targets in a crowded offense.
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How do Jameson Williams' 2023 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Air Yards Per Game
55.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.53
 
% Team Air Yards
16.7%
 
% Team Targets
7.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
15.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
57.1%
 
Drop Rate
7.1%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.6
 
% Targeted On Route
18.7%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.57
 
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Set for big role in 2024
WRDetroit Lions
May 8, 2024
Williams is poised to play a larger role in 2024 after the Lions lost Josh Reynolds in free agency and didn't add a wide receiver in the 2024 NFL Draft, Bill Barnwell of ESPN.com predicts.
ANALYSIS
Williams was drafted in the first round by the Lions in 2022 but has played just 18 games thus far, missing most of his rookie season while recovering from a torn ACL before sitting out a chunk of the 2023 campaign due to a suspension for violating the league's gambling policy. Williams played about two-thirds of snaps during the Lions' playoff run last season, and Barnwell believes the speedy wide receiver will see the field even more often in 2024.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
Returning from an ACL tear at the end of his Alabama career, Williams was held out for the first 11 games of 2022, taking only 78 offensive snaps in six appearances. His one catch on nine targets went for a 41-yard touchdown, at least, and he had another distance TD wiped out by a penalty. There's not much to work with from his rookie season, so it's probably best to view Williams as a rookie again this year. However, the 22-year-old's 2023 season debut will be delayed after he was suspended for the first six games of the season for violating the league's gambling policy. Once Williams -- who went 12th overall last year, right behind Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson -- is eligible to play again, he could potentially see a high volume of perimeter snaps in Detroit's offense following the offseason departure of DJ Chark. In terms of pure speed, Williams is in the same league as former college teammate Jaylen Waddle, though with a slightly narrower build (6-1, 180) and only one season of big-time college production (79-1,572-15 in 2021).
Williams might've been the first WR selected in the 2022 Draft if not for his ACL tear in the national title game last season. It was a disappointing end to a phenomenal year, with Williams averaging 104.8 yards and a TD per game in his lone season at Alabama after transferring from OSU. The Lions took him 12th overall, despite the knee injury and his lack of production at OSU pre-transfer. Naturally, two of the guys who played ahead of Williams at OSU were drafted right ahead of him - Chris Olave (Saints) and Garrett Wilson (Jets). None has an ideal situation for rookie-year production, but it'll be especially difficult for Williams given the timing of his injury. It's possible he's eased into action once he returns from his stint (at least four games) on the NFL list and he may fall behind Amon-Ra St. Brown and DJ Chark when it comes to building chemistry with QB Jared Goff. On the other hand, Williams is blazing fast, young for his draft class and coming off a dominant campaign in the SEC, making it unwise to bet against him long term.
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Gets subtle vote of confidence
WRDetroit Lions
April 29, 2024
Williams is part of a WR room that didn't add any new bodies during the 2024 NFL Draft.
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Pushing to be 'full-time starter'
WRDetroit Lions
February 27, 2024
Head coach Dan Campbell indicated that Williams is set for an increased role in 2024, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. "[Williams] is going to push to be a full-time starter, and that's what we're looking for. Everybody grows at a different rate. Maybe it's taken him a little bit longer, but he is developing and growing. The kid has come on. We got high hopes for him and see him continuing to grow," Campbell said Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine.
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Totals 383 total yards in 2023
WRDetroit Lions
February 11, 2024
Williams caught 24 passes (on 42 targets) for 354 yards and two touchdowns while rushing three times for 29 yards and one touchdown over 12 regular-season games in 2023.
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Logs full practice Wednesday
WRDetroit Lions
January 10, 2024
Williams (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday.
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Practicing to start week
WRDetroit Lions
Ankle
January 10, 2024
Williams (ankle/illness) is practicing Wednesday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
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