LION NEWS: Jameson Williams of the Detroit Lions attracts a lot of attention with his fast-food selection.

Detroit Lions’ Jameson Williams creates a McFlurry of interest with his fast-food choice

Detroit Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams holds on to the football for a reception during an NFL game against the Carolina Panthers on Oct. 8, 2023, at Ford Field in Detroit.(AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

“It was cool, though. It was good. I think y’all should try it. It’s called the Oreo McFlurry Double — 10 out of 10.”

For obvious reasons, Williams can’t concoct one on every visit to McDonald’s.

“I visited the McDonald’s located on Jefferson Avenue,” Williams declared. “(The McFlurry machine) wasn’t working like the first two or three times. However, we had watched a film as a receiver group the day after practice, so I just went up and got it.”

Some Detroit fans might like to see a McFlurry of receptions from Williams. In five games this season, Williams has eight receptions for 89 yards and one touchdown.

Williams played a season-high 52% of the Lions’ offensive snaps in Sunday’s 41-38 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers. He caught two passes for 18 yards and lost a 10-yard touchdown reception due to a penalty.

“I really don’t focus on the targets,” Williams said. “That’s not my thing anymore. I don’t really know what to say, like, on the targets.

I don’t really focus on that. Like I’ve said every time, I’m just focused on winning. We have an incredible thing going on here that Detroit has not seen in a long time.

We’re just focused on keeping it going. It don’t matter who gets the ball. When you see the ball in somebody’s hands on our team, you see they making plays, so that’s all that really matters to us.”

But Williams feels as though he’s closer to making a bigger contribution for Detroit.

“I’ve been feeling like I’ve been more involved, getting more reps,” Williams said. “I’ve been practicing more.

I’ve been focusing on the little details, so everything can be right when I get on the field. Just got nothing to worry about; just play football.”

In a way, Williams has been playing catch-up since he joined the Lions as the 12th selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Williams suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his final game with Alabama, the 2021 CFP national champion game, and did not play in the NFL until Detroit is 12th game of the 2022 season.

Williams had two touches during his rookie season. On Dec. 11, 2022, Williams started the Lions’ scoring in a 34-23 victory over the Minnesota Vikings with a 41-yard reception. On Jan. 1, Williams went 40 yards on an end-around in Detroit’s 41-10 victory over the Chicago Bears.

Williams started the 2023 season four games late because he had to serve a suspension imposed by the NFL for violating the league’s gambling rules.

While he’s considered one of the NFL’s fastest players and has had to come from behind because of two setbacks affecting his playing time, Williams said “slowing everything down” was helping him improve faster this season.

“Coming in, I tried to stay just moving on the fast track,” Williams said. “Everything didn’t go well, I would say, going that way. But as I understood and slowed things down and really tried to figure things out, slowing it down helped me a lot. I started getting a lot of help from outsiders and people on the team. It just started moving good. …

“The speed on the field has always got to be there. I got to use that to my advantage. But slowing things down is maybe just like formation or play. … It’s a lot of things going on.”

The Lions lead the NFC North with a 7-2 record and are preparing to face division rivals in back-to-back home games, with the Chicago Bears visiting at noon CST Sunday and the Green Bay Packers coming to Ford Field at 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving.

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