With each passing season, advanced analytics are becoming a larger part of the NFL. And while the metrics can be useful for coaches making decisions and analysts following the game, they don’t always paint the full picture of a player’s impact. Jamaal Williams stats are a perfect example of not showing the true impact he’s made on the Detroit Lions.
Williams signed with the Lions after the team finished 5-11 in 2020. The organization had recently traded franchise QB Matthew Stafford on Jan. 30, 2021. At this time, Jamaal Williams stats throughout his four-year career as a Packer totaled 1,985 rushing yards, 1,191 receiving yards and 18 total TDs.
Williams’ personality peaked through as a rookie in Green Bay, as heard on this 2017 radio interview:
— BYU Sports Nation (@BYUSportsNation) August 3, 2017
Throughout his four years with the team, Williams became a leader on and off the field, helping the Packers make several deep playoff runs, finishing with 13 wins in both 2019 and 2020.
However, it was after signing with Detroit in 2021 that Williams really shined on and off the field.
Jamaal Williams Stats & Leadership Showup Early in Detroit
It didn’t take the former Packer to get acquainted with the Motor City. In Week 1 of 2021, Jamaal Williams stats totaled 100 combined yards and a rushing TDs. He finished the year with a career-high in rushing yards while becoming the heart and soul of this Lions team under new head coach Dan Campbell.
Before Jamaal Williams stats could even begin counting in 2022, Williams set the tone for the Lions’ season as seen in this clip from HBO’s “Hard Knocks”:
Right when you think Hard Knocks has been trash the last half-decade, in comes Jamaal Williams to possibly save the day. pic.twitter.com/xhcULjaTuM
— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) August 8, 2022
Jamaal Willaims Leads the “Brand New Lions”
He again hit the ground running, finding paydirt twice in Week 1 and six times in the season’s first month.
After the Lions began the season 1-6, they went on a winning streak. This began in Week 9 against the RB’s former team, the Green Bay Packers. In the 15-9 win, the Lions controlled the pace, largely thanks to Jamaal Williams stats, including a season-high 24 carries and a strong 81 yards.
The Lions continued winning, taking seven of their next nine, and Williams continued to shine – on and off-field.
Jamaal Williams just wants to go home and play Pokémon…he is one of us 😈 pic.twitter.com/pkKW1lac6e
— The Collectibles Guru 🧠 (@ericwhiteback) January 11, 2023
The season came to a head in Week 18. Detroit had a shot at the postseason, needing Seattle to lose and to beat the Packers again to make it. Ultimately, the Seahawks narrowly escaped the Rams in an overtime battle, ending the Lions' playoff chances.
However, the team still gave it their all, knocking off the Packers 20-16 at Lambeau Field. To no surprise, Williams led the Lions in rushing, subsequently totaling 72 yards and scoring twice against his former team.
After the game, Williams got emotional, dedicating the game ball to his late great-grandfather who had recently passed. In addition, Williams had some choice words for the critics:
How can you not like Jamaal Williams 😂
— PFF (@PFF) January 9, 2023
Jamaal Williams Stats Don’t Tell the Full Story
Jamaal Williams stats totaled 1,066 rushing yards and 17 rushing TDs on the season. He broke Barry Sanders’ single-season franchise TD record while leading the NFL in rushing TDs – posting four more than the next closest.
Maybe more importantly – Williams led the Lions to their first winning season since 2017. From the first day of training camp with his passionate speech to the postgame speech in Green Bay, Williams was always authentically himself.
Williams enters the 2023 offseason as a free agent but will likely be retained by the Lions after his historical season. Jamaal Williams stats are a great example of how they don’t always tell the full picture of a player’s impact on a team. You can’t measure heart.
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