DETROIT — Rookie receiver Jameson Williams reported to Detroit Lions follow for the primary time this week then dropped a dime on the Motor City group on the eve of the workforce’s Thanksgiving Day showdown towards the Buffalo Bills.
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The Lions’ twelfth general decide popped up on the Detroit Police Athletic League (PAL) headquarters to distribute turkeys and reward playing cards to 100 native households on Wednesday. Although Williams has but to go well with up in an NFL recreation whereas recovering from a torn ACL he suffered at Alabama in January, he was eagerly anticipating the chance to present again.
“I wanted to get out and get a chance to get in this community to talk to folks, communicate with folks and let them know I’m for the people really,” Williams advised ESPN.
Williams was joined by quite a few relations, together with each mother and father, James and Tianna Williams. They’ve assisted him all through all the rehabilitation course of and had been proper by his aspect for his first vacation occasion. They’re hoping it will change into a household custom.
“It’s just perfect for him to come to the city and help the city,” James stated. “It’s better to start off helping.”
“Family … can’t nothing break that bond,” Tianna added.
As the Lions are within the midst of their first three-game win streak since 2017, the workforce hopes that Williams can contribute instantly as soon as he is cleared.
On his first day again Monday, he ran the passing tree routes with follow squad quarterback Tim Boyle after the workforce walkthrough. Boyle left the follow area as a believer in his capacity.
“Very smooth and extremely fast. Really good in and out of breaks, ran really crisp routes,” Boyle stated of Williams. “It was definitely good to see him. You could tell he was excited to be back out there. He was kind of holding back his little smirk.”
The Lions nonetheless have not set a agency date for his return, however head coach Dan Campbell anticipates it occurring someday after the Thanksgiving recreation.
When Williams does hit the sector, he’ll be rocking former Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford’s previous No. 9 in Detroit. He contacted the present Los Angeles Rams quarterback earlier than deciding on the quantity, who gave him his blessings, with the response, “that 9 would be moving a lot faster than on the field.”
Through group occasions just like the PAL meals giveaway, and probably excessive manufacturing on the sector, Williams is hoping to create his personal legacy in Detroit as soon as he is lastly capable of play.
“The 9 is a legendary number for Detroit, but no disrespect, I really want to take over that legacy,” Williams stated. “I want the 9 to be remembered because of me and what I did for Detroit.”