Jamaal Williams

Detroit Lions
Running Back #30
Detroit Lions
Running Back #30

Jamaal Williams News

Leads NFL with 17 TDs

Williams rushed 16 times for 72 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 20-16 win over Green Bay.

Analysis: Williams finished the regular season in style with two more touchdowns to add to his league-leading total of 17 rushing scores this year. In addition to becoming a touchdown monster in 2022, the veteran back also eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing plateau for the first time in his six-year career. Williams will enter the upcoming offseason an unrestricted free agent, and his impressive play should have plenty of suitors lining up for the 27-year-old.

Jan 8, 2023 9:21 PM EST

Totals 157 yards

Williams rushed 22 times for 144 yards with one touchdown while securing his only target for 13 yards during Sunday's 41-10 win over Chicago.

Analysis: The Lions offensive line dominated the Bears defensive front all game long, allowing both Williams and D'Andre Swift to post big numbers in the box score. Considering Williams totaled just 81 rushing yards in his three previous games, this gaudy production was a handsome reward for fantasy managers who stuck with Williams during fantasy championship week (in most settings). With Detroit needing a win in Week 18 to lock up a playoff spot, look for Williams to again handle a heavy workload in the cold weather of Green Bay.

Jan 1, 2023 1:32 PM EST

Not on injury report

Williams (leg) isn't listed on the Week 17 injury report ahead of a matchup with the Bears.

Analysis: Williams sat out the fourth quarter of Saturday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers after suffering an apparent leg injury in the third quarter. It turns out it wasn't even serious enough to get him on the injury report four days later, suggesting he might've even returned Saturday if the Lions hadn't been down by three or more scores for most of the second half. In any case, Williams will continue to split backfield work with D'Andre Swift and Justin Jackson when the Lions host the Bears this Sunday.

Dec 28, 2022 1:23 PM EST

Misses final quarter of Week 16

Williams suffered an apparent left leg injury late in the third quarter of Saturday's 37-23 loss to the Panthers and didn't return, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.

Analysis: Williams appeared to suffer the injury on a third-down reception with 3:53 remaining in the quarter. Given that Detroit trailed by 18 points when Williams exited, it's possible he was withheld from the remainder of the contest due to D'Andre Swift being the team's preferred back in the hurry-up offense. Williams finished Saturday's contest with seven carries for 11 yards and two receptions for three yards.

Dec 24, 2022 1:08 PM EST

Bottled up again

Williams rushed 13 times for 33 yards during Sunday's 20-17 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Williams again did most of the dirty work between the tackles while going without an opportunity in the passing game for the sixth time in the past seven games. Meanwhile, D'Andre Swift saw eight carries to go with nine targets, showing how much differently Detroit is using its top two tailbacks. With Williams a non-factor as a receiver, he'll need to start finding the end zone again to help fantasy managers during the fantasy playoffs. Up next is a Week 16 matchup against a Panthers defense ranking 21st in yards allowed per carry (4.5) and 26th in rushing touchdowns allowed (16) through 14 games.

Dec 18, 2022 1:57 PM EST

No touchdowns in Week 14 win

Williams rushed 16 times for 37 yards and failed to secure his only target in the Lions' 34-23 win over the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: Williams surprisingly logged 10 more carries than backfield mate D'Andre Swift, who appeared to be taking over the lead-back role based on his Week 13 usage against the Jaguars. However, Williams could do little with the opportunity, repeatedly running into a brick wall of a Vikings defensive front. The Lions backfield is a tough puzzle to solve for fantasy managers heading into a critical time of the season, and a Week 15 road matchup versus the Jets isn't exactly a welcoming scenario in terms of bouncing back from Sunday's lackluster effort.

Dec 11, 2022 3:24 PM EST

Finds end zone again Sunday

Williams rushed 11 times for 35 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' 40-14 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: Williams was able to record his league-leading 14th touchdown on a one-yard scoring run in the first quarter. Backfield mate D'Andre Swift ultimately outpaced Williams by three carries and also drew six targets, so the latter's fantasy outlook is somewhat unsettled heading into a Week 14 divisional showdown against the Vikings.

Dec 4, 2022 4:03 PM EST

Another rushing touchdown

Williams rushed 18 times for 66 yards and one touchdown during Thursday's 28-25 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Williams continued to handle the lion's share of work out of the backfield and extended his league-leading touchdown total (13) along the way. With Detroit seemingly keen on keeping D'Andre Swift as fresh as possible going forward, Williams should continue to handle a heavy workload down the stretch, though one that may not involve much heavy lifting as a receiver given Swift's proficiency in that area. Up next is a middling Week 13 matchup against a Jaguars defense allowing the eighth-fewest yards per carry (4.2) and the 11th-fewest rushing touchdowns (nine) in 2022.

Nov 24, 2022 1:10 PM EST

Pacing NFL in rushing TDs

Williams (illness) carried the ball 17 times for 64 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 31-18 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Williams battled through an illness during practice this week en route to his fifth multi-score game of the season. The veteran back passed Nick Chubb (11 touchdowns) for the league lead in rushing touchdowns in one fell swoop with this incredible three-touchdown day. D'Andre Swift (eight touches for 32 yards and a TD) has been listed as fully healthy for two weeks running now, indicating that Williams is still the head of Detroit's three-pronged rushing attack with Justin Jackson (10 touches for 77 yards) sprinkled in. Williams' fantasy managers should continue rolling out their RB1 with confidence heading into a Thanksgiving tilt against the Bills on Thursday.

Nov 20, 2022 2:28 PM EST

Returns to practice

Williams (illness) was a full participant at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: Williams sat out the Lions' first practice of the week Wednesday after falling ill, but his ability to take every rep a day later clears the way for him to suit up this Sunday against the Giants. Though D'Andre Swift (ankle/shoulder) has been practicing fully this week and is on pace to be available for the fourth consecutive game, he could still be relegated to a complementary role while playing at less than 100 percent. Swift's snap shares have ranged between 16 and 52 percent over the past three contests, while Williams' share has dipped no lower than 39 percent over that stretch. Williams has out-carried Swift by a 50-13 margin in those games, but Swift has quadrupled Williams' target count (12 to three).

Nov 17, 2022 12:45 PM EST

Absent Wednesday due to illness

Williams didn't practice Wednesday due to an illness.

Analysis: Williams has been the Lions' most active running back this season, earning between 12 and 24 touches in each of the team's nine games. With nine touchdowns, he sits in a tie for third in the NFL with the Titans' Derrick Henry, but an illness now is impacting Williams' practice reps. At the same time, D'Andre Swift (ankle/shoulder) managed a full session Wednesday, so a changing of the guard could be in store Week 11. Williams' status nonetheless will be one to watch closely as the weekend approaches.

Nov 16, 2022 12:49 PM EST

Leading rusher in Week 10 win

Williams carried the ball 16 times for 59 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-30 win over the Bears.

Analysis: It wasn't an efficient effort, but Williams scored his ninth TD of the year in timely fashion, giving the Lions the lead with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter. With D'Andre Swift still not looking 100 percent, Williams remains the safest option in the Detroit backfield heading into a Week 11 clash with the Giants.

Nov 13, 2022 2:27 PM EST

Handles lion's share of touches

Williams rushed 24 times for 81 yards and was not targeted in the passing game in Sunday's 15-9 win over Green Bay.

Analysis: D'Andre Swift (ankle/shoulder) suited up in a limited capacity (five touches for 50 yards) for the second week in a row, allowing Williams to dominate the backfield touches once again. The 24 carries set a new high for the veteran back, as he remains heavily involved in the gameplan regardless of Swift's availability. Williams has produced a shocking 126/545/8 rushing line through eight games, and he will look to continue his career year against a struggling Chicago defense next Sunday.

Nov 6, 2022 3:38 PM EST

Could serve as lead runner Sunday

Williams may serve as the Lions' lead option on the ground in Sunday's game against the Packers with D'Andre Swift (ankle/shoulder) -- who is listed as questionable -- expected to play but only in a limited capacity, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: According to Schefter, the Lions are aiming to have Swift handle a workload similar in the team's loss to the Dolphins last week, when he played 29 snaps but took only 10 touches (five carries and five receptions). In that same game, Williams played seven fewer snaps, but narrowly outdid Swift in touches (10 carries, three receptions) while netting 76 yards and two scores on the ground. While fantasy managers shouldn't bank on Williams finding the end zone twice, the fact that he'll likely be serving as the Lions' top ballcarrier against the Packers' 29th-ranked run defense makes him a more appealing option than he might normally be on the occasions Swift has been active this season.

Nov 6, 2022 5:52 AM EST

Pair of rushing TDs in loss

Williams rushed 10 times for 53 yards and two touchdowns and secured all three targets for 23 yards in the Lions' 31-27 loss to the Dolphins on Sunday.

Analysis: Despite the return of D'Andre Swift from a three-game absence due to shoulder and ankle injuries, Williams still led the Lions' backfield in carries, doubling up his teammate in that category. It was also Williams who saw a pair of red-zone rushing opportunities he parlayed into touchdowns, with the versatile veteran going in from seven and one yard out in the first and second quarter, respectively. The fact he also had a solid role in the passing game made it a rewarding all-around afternoon for Williams despite a complementary role, and he'll look to make a big impact in a Week 9 home showdown against his old Packers squad.

Oct 30, 2022 3:07 PM EST

Moving back into complementary role

Williams is expected to serve as a complementary option out of the Detroit backfield Sunday against the Dolphins while D'Andre Swift (ankle/shoulder) returns from a three-game absence, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: In the Lions' three games without Swift, Williams didn't see a major jump in his snap share -- which ranged between 34 and 54 percent -- but the 27-year-old still averaged 17 touches and 82.7 yards in those contests. Williams still earned double-digit touches in each of Detroit's first three games when Swift was active, but the former's fantasy ceiling is undoubtedly lower with Swift back in the lineup. Craig Reynolds, who served as the Lions' No. 2 back the past three games, will also see his opportunities take a hit in Swift's return.

Oct 30, 2022 7:42 AM EST

Fumbles at goal line

Williams rushed 15 times for 79 yards while fumbling twice (losing one) and securing his only target for four yards during Sunday's 24-6 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: In possibly his last game before the return of D'Andre Swift (shoulder), Williams was relatively efficient on the ground but frustratingly fumbled at the one-yard line on his way into the end zone at one point. That miscue, combined with Jared Goff's four turnovers, ruined Detroit's chances of pulling off the upset. While an offensive rebound can likely be expected in Week 8 against the Dolphins give the continued health of the Lions' talented offensive line, Williams could see a downtick in offensive responsibilities with Swift potentially back in the fold.

Oct 23, 2022 2:53 PM EST

Held in check

Williams rushed 15 times for 56 yards during Sunday's 29-0 loss to New England.

Analysis: The return of Pro Bowl guard Jonah Jackson seemingly gave Williams one of the more formidable offensive lines across the league to work with, but he wasn't able to do much despite getting another hefty workload. However, he didn't get much help from the passing game on a day that Detroit was largely held out of scoring position. Now with D'Andre Swift (shoulder) targeting a return for after Detroit's Week 6 bye, Williams may have to share the backfield a little more than he has been lately in Week 7 against Dallas.

Oct 9, 2022 2:43 PM EST

Set for lead role again

Williams should lead the Detroit backfield again this Sunday against the Patriots with teammate D'Andre Swift (shoulder/ankle) ruled out for a second straight game.

Analysis: While he played only 51 percent of snaps with Swift sidelined for the 48-45 shootout loss to Seattle last week, Williams accounted for 19 of the 23 carries handled by Detroit RBs and scored one TD at the goal line and another from distance. He's unlikely to find himself in such a wild game this week, but that might work in his favor in terms of snap share at least, and it's hard to argue with the results when he's averaging a career-best 4.5 YPC and leads the NFL with six rushing TDs. Williams figures to get most of the carries again, with Craig Reynolds and Justin Jackson working in reserve.

Oct 7, 2022 1:57 PM EST

Two touchdowns in loss

Williams rushed 19 times for 108 yards and two touchdowns and secured his only target for one yard in the Lions' 48-45 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.

Analysis: Game script eventually capped Williams' overall opportunity, but not before he handled a true lead-back workload and delivered handsomely with it. The veteran back went in from one and 51 yards in the second and third quarters, respectively, with the first score coming on the final play of the first half and the second an impressive scamper up the right side of the field that showed off Williams' speed. With D'Andre Swift (shoulder) seemingly always hampered by at least one injury and his status uncertain for a Week 5 road battle against the Saints, Williams could be in for another solid workload versus New Orleans.

Oct 2, 2022 2:32 PM EST

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