Jamaal Williams: I see going to Detroit as a new beginning


After spending his first four seasons with Green Bay, running back Jamaal Williams elected to sign a two-year, $7.5 million deal with Detroit.

Williams joins a backfield headlined by 2020 second-round pick D'Andre Swift. But Williams feels like the Lions will still give him ample opportunity to display what he can do.

“I see this as just a new beginning, a new time for me to just be able to show my talents and show my abilities and everything I’ve just been working on this whole offseason,” Williams said, via Eric Woodyard of ESPN. “I always know that I can always work on something to get better and find something that I can improve or find something new.

“So, you can always get better, and I’m just grateful for the coaches, the GM and everybody for just giving me an opportunity, and that’s all I ever really wanted was just an opportunity to be able to show my abilities. … Now I get to do it in a new offense by being able to get my running backs coach Duce Staley and Anthony Lynn as the OC. It just feels good. Then with the head coach [Dan Campbell] biting kneecaps and stuff. You know what I mean? This is like, ‘uh oh, it’s feeling real youthful in this boy.'”

Williams rushed for 404 yards and a pair of touchdowns last season, also adding 31 receptions for 236 yards and a TD through the air. In 60 career games, he has 1,985 yards rushing and 10 rushing touchdowns. He’s caught 122 passes for 961 yards with eight TDs.

16 responses to “Jamaal Williams: I see going to Detroit as a new beginning

  1. He won’t miss running behind the packers horrific offense line thats for sure

  2. Hes also never fumbled the ball. Ever. Its got to be some kind of record.

  3. Was hoping the Giants would pick him up, given his prowess in the passing game and Saquon’s durability. Hope he does well in Detroit!

  4. Seen an interview he did and was extremely impressed with him . He came across as a down to earth funny guy and gave well thought out responses to the questions asked . He’s going to a big part of the culture change that’s taking place in Detroit .

  5. He’s going to miss the familiarity and performance of the No.2 ranked O-line from last season. I still wish the Packers had kept him and let Jones walk.

  6. New beginning??? The two greatest players to ever put on a Lion’s uni just flat-out quit well before their careers were over. That should say everything about going to Detroit. The Lions are so bad that they don’t even have a rival. Heck, they don’t even have a rival. The Packers took both of them. The NFL should just schedule them to play the Browns and Bengals twice a year so they can develop one.

  7. I was really sorry to see Williams go. I remember when we took Williams and Jones in the same draft and the usual fans from the west had a lot to say about it, but they were two damn good players with great attitudes. Wish we could have kept both, but Dillion is a total bulldozer and I’m excited to see what he can do this year.

  8. The two greatest players to ever put on a Lion’s uni just flat-out quit well before their careers were over

    Your guy Rodgers show up in camp yet?

  9. I’ve commented several times just how much Jamaal Williams will be missed here in Packerland.
    Though, I feel like we’ll be sufficiently covered with AJ Dillon on the field, it’s the intangibles that’ll truly be missed.

    Though, barring injury, he will never be the starter or bell cow running back, Williams will provide the Lions with an enthusiastic, veteran presence.
    He won’t hurt you with drops or fumbles, and, surprisingly enough, he’ll be a significant asset in their passing game.
    Jamaal attacks the game with positivity and joy, that the Lion fans are going to love, and he’ll add cultural leadership to their sideline and locker room.
    Yes, he will definitely be missed, but I wish him all the best.

  10. supercharger says:
    July 1, 2021 at 11:19
    Your guy Rodgers show up in camp yet?

    Why? It doesn’t start for nearly four weeks.

  11. A quality running back and a better person. Packers fans everywhere are going to miss Jamaal.

  12. Wish the Vikings could have landed him. They could use a solid #1 running back.

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