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Jameson Williams gets help from Calvin Ridley to better his routes

Jameson Williams warms up for the Lions
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He will serve a suspension for violating the NFL’s gambling policy, but when Jameson Williams returns he may be the most explosive weapon for the Detroit Lions to make a playoff push.

In an interview with team reporters, he said he was ‘not made aware’ of the league’s gambling policy. 

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Williams chose to accept his punishment and move forward with organized team activities. He is healthy again after missing most of his rookie season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee that he suffered in the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia. The brotherhood that comes with playing for the Crimson Tide is a special bond. He is known for his electric speed, but Williams wants to be a complete player at the position.

He has been training with former Tide standout, Calvin Ridley, who is regarded as one of the best route runners in the NFL. 

Ridley, a former first-round pick of the 2018 draft, served a one-year suspension last year for violating the league’s gambling policy. He would be traded from the Atlanta Falcons to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ridley would be the ideal person to advise Williams on how to navigate through the process.

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Williams, the No. 12 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, caught his first career touchdown pass against Minnesota. Jared Goff found him open behind the defense for a 41-yard score. He was so excited that he celebrated by running down the sideline and high-fiving fans in the stands. Williams recorded 79 catches for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns in his lone season for the Tide.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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