Jameson Williams acknowledged social media post about his lack of use
It looked like Lions rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams would be more involved now, and after the Week 16 loss to the Panthers, he acknowledged a social media post that pointed that out.
It wasn’t, or at least it didn’t seem like it. Four games into his NFL career after his debut was delayed by a torn ACL in last year’s college football national title game, Lions rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams has one catch for 41 yards (albeit for a touchdown ) on five targets.
At least he wasn’t used as a gunner on the point team, right?
In his four games, Williams’ offensive snap counts and snap shares went like this (via Pro Football Reference).
Week 13 vs. Jaguars: eight snaps (11 percent share)
Week 14 vs. Vikings: 13 snaps (nine percent share)
Week 15 at Jets: 13 snaps (nine percent share)
Week 16 at Panthers: 11 snaps 17 percent share)
It’s certainly a process to get a wide receiver settled into an offense late in the season, let alone a rookie coming off a major injury. Williams and quarterback Jared Goff are working on their chemistry as the Lions try to win games and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Jameson Williams admitted to social media post about his lack of use
The activity of players on social media easily attracts attention, and it is easy for someone to claim “I was hacked.” But when it’s a more intentional move on those platforms, it becomes noticeable and more noticeable.
After Saturday’s game, a Twitter post from @RueDoggy said: “Get the ball in Jameson Williams’ hands man, I don’t want to hear it.”
Williams liked the post.
As noted by Jeff Risdon of Lions Wire , the field conditions in Charlotte likely played a role in Williams not seeing more snaps against the Panthers, as he was only targeted once. Concerns about the pitch conditions are a perfectly understandable reason to limit Williams’ workload, even if it’s also understandably frustrating for fans.
DJ Chark, who has been as good as he has been as the primary downfield threat for the Lions lately, with more than 90 yards in three of the last four games, certainly played a role in how little Williams played . But you can’t fault the rookie for wanting to see the ball more, as a natural extension of playing more. He just took an opportunity to acknowledge the outside sentiment.