After missing all of 2020 recovering from significant shoulder surgery, Tyrell Williams will vie to be among the Lions' top receiving options in training camp this summer. It wasn't too long ago when Williams was a key figure in the Chargers passing game, speeding downfield and using his tall, lanky frame to win contested catches. He was doing that for then-head coach Anthony Lynn, who is Williams' offensive playcaller now. Detroit figures to be playing from behind a bunch, and even with Jared Goff at quarterback, Williams has a really good shot to post his second-ever season with 70-plus targets. Heck, 100 targets is even in range provided he stays healthy and on the first-team offense through the preseason. Williams carries mild appeal as a bench receiver worth looking at starting in Round 12.
Williams (shoulder) is participating in 7-on-7 drills during OTAs, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports. Presumably fully recovered from the labrum tear that wiped out his 2020 campaign, Williams made a big play Thursday on a pass from Jared Goff. Should the 29-year-old stay healthy this summer, he could be one of the quarterback's top targets in 2021 after Detroit did nothing more to provide competition on the perimeter than sign the injury-prone Breshad Perriman, who has never played a full season. Behind those two, the likes of Quintez Cephus and fourth-round rookie Amon-Ra St. Brown sit atop the depth chart entering training camp.
Williams (shoulder) called himself "95 percent" during an introductory press conference with the Lions on Monday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. Williams missed the entire 2020 season after tearing the labrum in his right shoulder in late August. He eventually underwent surgery to address the issue in September, and Tom Pelissero of NFL Network noted Feb. 11 that Williams was 2-to-3 weeks away from full health. Based off Williams' more recent comment, he has a bit more to do to get back to 100 percent, but it likely won't stop him from participating in the offseason program, assuming teams hold them in-person this year. Prior to the lost campaign, he worked with current Lions offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn with the Chargers in 2017 and 2018, averaging 16.4 YPC and hauling in 62.7 percent of his 134 targets across 32 games.
Williams (shoulder) agreed Wednesday with the Lions on a one-year contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Signed by the Raiders to a four-year, $44 million contract two years ago, Williams put up a 42-651-6 stat line in 2019 before missing the entire 2020 campaign with a labrum injury. Las Vegas then released him in late February, making the 29-year-old wideout immediately eligible to sign with a new team. Williams took about a week to find his home, joining the new-look Lions with Jared Goff at quarterback, Dan Campbell as head coach and both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones scheduled for free agency this spring. Williams' deal reportedly is worth up to $6.2 million, but his cap hit could be much lower if a large portion of the contract is just incentives. Tom Pelissero of NFL Network said Feb. 11 that Williams was expected to be fully healthy within two or three weeks, so he should be ready to go for OTAs.
The Raiders released Williams (shoulder) on Wednesday. Reports of Williams' pending release initially surfaced back in January, so it doesn't come as any sort of surprise that the Raiders have now made the transaction official. Williams, who missed all of 2020 due to a labrum injury, was just two seasons into the four-year, $44 million deal he inked with the Raiders back in 2019. Per Tashan Reed of The Athletic, his release will save Las Vegas $11.6 million in cap space for 2021, and $23.1 million over the next two years. Now 29 years old, Williams -- when healthy -- stands to draw interest on the free-agent market from teams in need of veteran depth, but it's hard to picture him landing another starting gig.
The Raiders are expected to release Williams (shoulder) at the start of the new league year in March, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. Williams missed the entire 2020 season due to a shoulder injury, for which he underwent surgery back in September, but Pelissero reports he's now just two to three weeks away from full health. The soon-to-be 29-year-old was fairly effective for the Raiders back in 2019, when he logged a 42-651-6 stat line in 14 contests despite battling plantar fasciitis, so he could be an intriguing free-agent option for teams in need of veteran help at wideout. Cutting Williams would free up roughly $11.6 million in salary cap for the Raiders in 2021.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||San Francisco 49ers||15||21.50|
|2||09/20||@Green Bay Packers||6||19.56|
|7||10/24||@Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
|18||01/09||Green Bay Packers||6||19.56|
|3 Year Avg||43||28||435||4||21||15.54||67|