After selecting Aidan Hutchinson with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions made a bold move by trading up a whopping 20 spots in the first round to take WR Jameson Williams out of Alabama.
There is no question that Williams is ultra-talented and I personally had him as my top-ranked wide receiver heading into the NFL Draft.
But there is a HUGE variable in the equation as Williams is coming off a torn ACL, which he suffered in the National Championship Game against Georgia on January 11.
After being drafted, Williams immediately told reporters that his plan was to be ready for training camp but that seems a bit optimistic.
On Tuesday, Tim Twentyman released his latest “10 Questions” article and he gave us his best guess as to when Jameson Williams will play in his first game for the Lions.
When will Jameson Williams take the field for the first time with the Lions?
Jameson Williams tore his ACL in the National Championship Game on January 11. The start of the regular season for Detroit is a Week 1 matchup vs. Philadelphia on Sept. 11, which will be exactly eight months from when he tore it. ACL repair recovery typically takes 9-12 months, though there are instances where it's taken less time.
Williams thinks he can be ready by training camp in August, which is aggressive. If he takes part in training camp at all, I think we could see him in the first month of the season. If he misses camp, he'll need time to acclimate himself to game speed at practice, and I would think late September early October would be a realistic timeframe.
If I had to make a guess, I'd say Week 4 at home vs. Seattle we could see Williams on the field and making an impact, but here's hoping for Week 1 just because I'm really excited to watch him in this offense.
Nation, when do you think Jameson Williams will make his debut with the Detroit Lions?