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First-round wideout Jameson Williams has been placed on the non-football injury list. Williams is still working his way back from the torn ACL he suffered while playing for Alabama in the national championship game earlier this year.

The team has said that there’s a vision in place for how to use Williams this season, but they’ve also admitted that it will be a challenge to get a rookie ready without much, if any, time on the field before the year gets underway.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2022/07/24/lions-put-jameson-williams-on-nfi-list-josh-paschal-on-pup/

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The Lions made a big move in the first round of the 2022 NFL draft, trading up to No. 12 overall to select Jameson Williams, even though Williams had torn his ACL playing for Alabama in the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship game. Williams won’t play at the start of the season, but the Lions are still very satisfied with their decision.

Lions General Manager Brad Holmes isn’t offering a precise date for when Williams will return, but Holmes said Williams is making good progress in his recovery, and that the Lions see Williams as a player who’s going to contribute for a lot more than just his rookie year.

Holmes: “He is on track, again, I’m not going to put out a hard date, but I will say, the weeks and weeks he’s strung together with his rehab, and he’s so gifted from a genetic standpoint. Once he keeps that consistency going, it actually could accelerate that return that we’re thinking. You got to be a little bit conservative and on the safer side when it comes to forecasts and those returns to play. But hopefully, he stays on track, and hopefully it’s sooner than later, but we’re going to continue to be smart with him. We’ve always said that from Day 1. . . . We’ve got to be smart because we didn’t make that move for him just for Year 1. This is a long-term investment.”

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2022/09/02/jameson-williams-on-track-in-acl-recovery-but-lions-view-him-as-long-term-investment/

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The Lions did not score 35-plus points in a game between Week 1 of 2018 and Week 17 of last season. But they're now 2-for-2 in that category in 2022, making it three straight games they've hit that threshold counting the Week 18 outing against the Packers last season. The last time the Lions accomplished that? In the 1952 and 1953 seasons, back when they won the NFL Championship in back-to-back years. This Detroit team isn't quite at that level of proficiency. But it's hard not to see the progress for a franchise that, let's face it, was heaped with some pretty strong preseason expectations considering it had 11 wins and two ties combined over the previous three years.

Hats off to new offensive coordinator Ben Johnson for his role in calling a more wide-open scheme and getting the ball into the Lions' playmakers' hands time and time again. It's easy to see how fun this thing can be once first-rounder Jameson Williams is healthy.

https://www.nfl.com/news/2022-nfl-season-week-2-what-we-learned-from-sunday-s-games

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Good news: The Lions’ offense is on pace to score more points than all but one other team in NFL history. Bad news: The Lions’ defense is on pace to allow by far the most points of any team in NFL history.

Through four games, the Lions have scored 140 games and allowed 141. That puts them on pace to score 595 points over 17 games this season and allow 599.

The NFL record for points scored in a season was 606 by Peyton Manning and the Broncos in 2013. If the Lions keep scoring at their current pace, they’ll fall just short of that record and move into second place, just ahead of the 16-0 2007 Patriots

The all-time record for most points allowed was 533 by the Baltimore Colts in 1981. If the Lions keep giving up points at their current pace, they’ll blow past that record in the 16th game of this season.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2022/10/03/lions-on-pace-to-allow-the-most-points-in-nfl-history-and-to-score-the-second-most/

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The Lions came into Sunday’s game against the Patriots with a 1-3 record, but there were hopeful signs about the team’s trajectory despite the losing record. Such signs were nowhere to be found in New England, however. The Lions gave up 176 rushing yards, failed to pressure third-string quarterback Bailey Zappe into making mistakes, and failed to score any points of their own in a 29-0 loss.

Dan Campbell: "Look, you just you be honest with them. You tell them exactly what it is. To me, it’s about as bad as it gets. This is the worst. This is where we’re at. And sometimes, it’s going to get bad before it gets better. And, I believe we hit rock bottom. So now, the only place to go is back up.”

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2022/10/10/dan-campbell-i-believe-we-hit-rock-bottom-in-sundays-loss/

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3 hours ago, SemperFeist said:

I like Dan Campbell, I think his energy and his grit are exactly what the Detroit organization need. But you wonder how long the energy and grit can be enough to keep the team engaged without the wins to back it up. 

As I said a couple of weeks ago: they play hard for him and they like him. But his unnecessary risks have costs them a lot of games. Eventually the players take notice of that. As much as his players like him now, he will lose the locker room if they don’t win games. 

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The Lions placed receiver DJ Chark on injured reserve Saturday, the team announced. He missed the past two games with a left ankle injury and now will have to sit out a minimum of four more before returning.

Chark said earlier this week he would “definitely” return this season.

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2022/10/22/lions-place-dj-chark-on-injured-reserve/

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The Lions held a 6-3 lead over the Cowboys at halftime of Sunday’s game, but their inability to hold onto the ball helped it go up in smoke in the second half.

Quarterback Jared Goff threw an interception to open the third quarter and the Cowboys turned it into a touchdown that gave them a lead they never relinquished. Goff would throw another pick and fumble twice in the fourth quarter and running back Jamaal Williams also lost a fumble in the final 15 minutes.

The turnovers helped the Cowboys to a 24-6 win and left head coach Dan Campbell saying that players who turn the ball over won’t have a future in Detroit.

Campbell:  “If you can’t hold onto the football, you can’t play for us. It’s too devastating. We’re not in the position to overcome those.”

https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2022/10/24/dan-campbell-if-you-cant-hold-onto-the-football-you-cant-play-for-us/

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