This is where Lions 'need to get to' before activating Jameson Williams


The Lions returned 12th overall pick Jameson Williams to practice on Monday in hopes of activating him within the next three weeks.

What will they need to see from the speedy wide receiver, who tore his ACL in the national championship last season, to know that he's ready?

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"Just a comfort level around bodies, his change of direction as it pertains to defensive backs on him, quarterback throwing the ball," Dan Campbell said Tuesday on the Stoney & Jansen Show. "You just want to know that that’s something he can get used to or accustomed to fast enough.

"It’s different to do things on grass or on air with nobody else around or in a competitive setting. That’s where we need to get to before we feel real good. And then we want him to feel comfortable with it, too."

To that end, Campbell said the Lions started Williams on Monday with some simple route-running and will introduce further challenges Tuesday and Wednesday. How Williams responds will dictate if and when he makes his NFL debut this season.

"We’ll start incorporating getting some bodies around him and just see how fast he can get it and how comfortable we all are with it," Campbell with it.

While the Lions could activate Williams for Thursday's Thanksgiving game against the Bills, the much likelier scenario is either next week against the Jaguars or the week after at the Vikings.

Campbell has been clear they won't bring him back until he's 100 percent ready.

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