Jameson Williams returning to practice amid Lions' three-game surge


The Lions have won straight for the first time in five years. They have clawed back into the NFC playoff race. They are gearing up for a Thanksgiving clash with Josh Allen and the Bills.

And on Monday, they are returning 12th overall pick Jameson Williams to practice.

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Williams will officially hit the practice field for the first time in Detroit as he nears a return from the torn ACL he suffered in the national championship last season at Alabama.

The big-play wide receiver, arguably the fastest player in last year's draft, is likely to make his debut within the first couple weeks of December. He'll be another dangerous piece for an offense that already ranks sixth in the NFL.

"Speed," said fellow receiver Josh Reynolds earlier this season. "Speed. I’m excited to see what other asset of his game emerges, but speed you just can’t teach. That’s something you’re born with, man, so I’m excited to come see what that real speed talking about."

From a mental standpoint, Lions receivers coach Antwaan Randle El said back in September that Williams already had a firm command of Detroit's offense. Physically, he smiled and said Williams gets in and out of his cuts like few receivers he's ever seen.

"Some people take four steps, that cat takes like two and a half," said Randle El. "It’s unbelievable."

In other words, the Lions expect Williams to hit the ground running. Starting Monday, they have a 21-day evaluation window to decide whether or not to activate him this season. They'd certainly like to.

"When he can go, I think it would be good for him to go," Dan Campbell said earlier this month. "He needs some in-game experience, even if it’s only for a couple of games, two or three games. I think those are critical to get under his belt before next year if you can do it."

While the Lions could theoretically activate Williams for Thursday's game against the Bills, that's highly unlikely on a short week of practice. Week 13 against the Jaguars or Week 14 at the Vikings are much more realistic targets for his debut.

With DJ Chark having returned to Detroit's lineup in Week 10 from an ankle injury and Reynolds (back) nearing a return himself, Williams could join a fully-healthy receiving corps whenever he hits the field.

Heads up.

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