The Lions hit on several draft picks as playing time for youth was readily available this season. But third-round WR Derrick Williams has been an unmitigated disappointment so far. Expected to contribute lightly at receiver but significantly on return teams, Williams mostly had a lost rookie season. His best contribution was as a kickoff returner, but his efforts there were subpar (22.2-yard average) and he lost that job down the stretch. The Lions knew they were getting a project at wideout after Williams played in a simplified passing attack at Penn State and also was used on a lot of gadget-type plays (Wildcat, end-arounds, etc.). But they thought he could be their primary kick returner and help immensely with field position. That said, the Lions expect him to bounce back — as a kick and punt returner — and have a far more productive second season.
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