The Detroit Lions have sky-high expectations for this coming season, and the passing game is a big reason why. Quarterback Jared Goff is in elite company with Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers for most QB wins since 2017.
The Lions have weapons at every position, but their biggest potential gamebreaker is suspended wide receiver Jameson Williams. Williams is expected to miss the first six games of the season due to a gambling suspension.
On Thursday in Allen Park, Michigan, Lions safety Kerby Joseph made a powerful statement in support of his lost teammate.
— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) June 1, 2023
Williams caught just one pass for 41 yards and a touchdown during his rookie campaign, as he battled back from a knee injury. He was suspended last month for gambling on non-football games in an NFL facility.
The Lions' second-year pro said he felt “sick” when he first learned of the suspension, adding that he's “not a gambler.”
“The suspension, it pretty much, it is what it is,” Williams said on May 25, his first public comments since his April 21 suspension. “The policy, I broke a policy.
“I pretty much looked past those things.”
Joseph had an impressive rookie season for Detroit in 2022. He intercepted Aaron Rodgers on what turned out to be the quarterback's final play in Green Bay. He said he wore the shirt to support his Lions teammate.
“The shirt, really, is just to say I'm glad Jamo is still here working with us,” Joseph said.
“He knows what he did, but he's trying to get better and he wants to get better. We want to get better. We're going to grow from it and we're going to learn from it. This is just supporting my guy, my dog Jamo man.”