Derrick Williams may not last with Lions

Return specialists that can’t catch punts don’t last long in the NFL.

The Lions drafted Derrick Williams in the third round last year, and he looks like a mistake by G.M. Martin Mayhew in an otherwise excellent draft.

MLive’s Tom Kowalski writes that Williams needs a strong training camp or he probably won’t even make the roster in his second season.  Williams’ receiving skills aren’t special enough to keep him employed, so he’ll need to show major progress in the return game.

17 responses to “Derrick Williams may not last with Lions

  1. Derrick is a good football player. If the lions don’t want him, someone will.

  2. Maybe the problem is the Lions, not Derrick Williams. Only Calvin Johnson has become an NFL receiver out of the many they have drafted over the past 10 years.
    He should hope to get cut because maybe he would have a chance to catch on somewhere else, which is probably the best thing for him.

  3. He’s a better slot WR option than Dennis Northcutt…
    Williams > Northcutt

  4. too bad he would be a great slot receiver for the lions speed is a nice change of pace

  5. # Dixon29 says: July 7, 2010 12:06 PM
    Maybe the problem is the Lions, not Derrick Williams. Only Calvin Johnson has become an NFL receiver out of the many they have drafted over the past 10 years.
    He should hope to get cut because maybe he would have a chance to catch on somewhere else, which is probably the best thing for him.
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    If that were the case, then why have none of the wideouts caught on anywhere else after they left here. Roy Williams has been given every chance in Dallas, Charles Rogers had a contract ready for the Saben-Era Dolphins, and Mike Williams couldn’t even find a spot on the WR-less Titans. Furry’s only good year was here too.

  6. “Maybe the problem is the Lions, not Derrick Williams.”
    They didn’t draft him to play receiver, they drafted him to return punts and kickoffs. Both of which he’s managed to screw up. That’s not the Lions fault

  7. “They didn’t draft him to play receiver, they drafted him to return punts and kickoffs. Both of which he’s managed to screw up. That’s not the Lions fault”
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    How is that not the lions fault? He was a college Quarterback. What made them think he could all of a sudden catch and run with the football?

  8. DWill was NOT a college Quarterback. He was a high school qb and college receiver/returner. He was never very confident fielding the ball. But, once he had it, he was a threat to take it to the house.

  9. “How is that not the lions fault? He was a college Quarterback. What made them think he could all of a sudden catch and run with the football?”
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    Derrick Williams was the quarterback for the Nittany Lions? I’d much rather spend a second using Google (if I lacked college football knowledge like you) than lose all credibility making ignorant statements.

  10. Mayhew had a good draft last year and it looks like a promising one this year. Not every pick is gonna work out but if he wouldve drafted mike Wallace, he would’ve pulled off one of the best drafts ever!!!

  11. Derrick Williams problem isn’t that he plays for the Lions it’s the fact he sucks at what they drafted him to do, and can’t get open running routes either, drops way to many punts, and fumbles kickoffs, thats why he needs to be cut he sucks and nobody will pick him up to start anywhere except a special teams gunner or just another body to take up space, so any fools blaming the Lions, then I’m sure you blame the Raiders for JaMarcus Russell Sucking instead of holding the player accountable.

  12. That’s okay, Megatron, Burleson and Stafford are going to light up the North this year. Aaron Brown might pan out to be a good special teamer if he gets more opportunities.

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