Can We Be Done Talking About Jameson Williams Now?
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Aj’s Real Belief On Jameson Williams
Now we have to reiterate this because people seem to misunderstand. From what you said before the trade itself, to get to 12, you are a hundred percent with, correct?
A.J. Reilly: Oh yes. And listen, I don’t want this to be A.J. needs to make a public statement, to recant everything that he said on Tuesday. Because it’s not, and it’s not going to be that.
But I have always said the value of that trade was fantastic. It’s very rare that you’re able to move up 20 spots twice and only just shipped back one extra pick.
So according to our trade charts, it was a great trade and I have no problem with the trade. My consternation comes a little bit from drafting a wide receiver in that spot.
My face is on a video where I’m very clear in saying that I don’t see the value of Williams matching the value of the trade that you got and the pick that you picked him with.
Wide Receiver Over Defense?
Because for me, the issue is wide receiver. I don’t necessarily think that having or needing a wide receiver was as pressing of a need as everybody else thought that it was. And everybody else is entitled to their own opinion.
It’s my opinion that there were other receivers that could have been had later in the draft that would have been, or would have allowed you to make a more valuable defensive pick at 12.
And so for me, listen, I’m not going to back down from what I said earlier in the week. I don’t necessarily care for Williams in that spot, but it’s more the pick than it is the player. I hope and I’m going to root for Jameson Williams. Like he’s Calvin Johnson, because I want him to be Calvin Johnson.
I want him to take the top off of defenses, to set the rookie record for yards and touchdowns, then threaten the record throughout his career to be a great wide receiver. I really hope that he is, you know why? Because he’s a Lion. I just think that moving up to that pick, we may have made our team a little bit better.
Had we focused on our more pressing needs, which was defense.
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