Jameson Williams acknowledged a post on social media about his lack of use

Jameson Williams acknowledged a post on social media about his lack of use

It seemed like Lions rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams would be more involved now, and after the Week 16 loss to the Panthers, he acknowledged a post on social media that pointed that out.

It wasn’t, or at least it didn’t seem, going to be that way. 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 hasn’t been used as a shooter on the punt team, right?

In his four games, Williams’ offensive snap counts and snap shares have gone 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 definitely a process to get a wide receiver entrenched in an offense late in the season, let alone a rookie coming off a serious 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 acknowledged social media posts about non-use

The activity of players on social media is easy to attract attention, and it is easy for someone to claim “I was hacked”. But when it’s a more intentional move on these platforms, it becomes noticeable and more noteworthy.

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.”

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Williams liked the post.

As noted by Jeff Risdon of Lions Wire, the conditions in Charlotte likely played a role in Williams not seeing more snaps against the Panthers as he was targeted just once. Concern about field conditions is a perfectly understandable reason to limit Williams’ workload, although it’s also understandably frustrating for fans.

DJ Chark performing as well as he has as the primary threat for the Lions of late, with more than 90 yards in three of the last four games, has definitely played a role in how little Williams has 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 the opportunity to acknowledge the outward feeling.

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