Big play wiped out by penalty
Williams played 14 of the Lions' 60 snaps on offense and failed to reel in his lone target in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Packers.
Though he went without any official receptions in the Lions' regular-season finale, Williams provided a glimpse of his vast potential on what would have been a 66-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter that was ultimately wiped out by a holding penalty. On the play in question, Williams found an opening in the defense behind Packers safety Darnell Savage, then jetted past Green Bay safety Adrian Amos on his way to what would have been his second career touchdown and third 40-plus-yard play. After the rookie first-round pick was cleared to make his season debut Week 13 upon completing his recovery from an ACL tear suffered this past January, Williams played less than a quarter of the snaps on offense in each of his six appearances while hauling in just one of his nine targets. Despite Williams' light use coming off the knee injury, general manager Brad Holmes said Tuesday that he maintains high expectations for the No. 12 overall pick of the 2022 NFL Draft heading into Year 2, per John Maakaron of SI.com. However, with Amon-Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond all under contract for 2023 and with DJ Chark expected to work toward a new deal with Detroit, Williams will likely have to work his way up the depth chart in OTAs and training camp in order to claim a top-three role at receiver entering his second season.
More Detroit Lions Fantasy Football News
Remains in Lions' plans
Head coach Dan Campbell indicated at the NFL Combine in early March that Detroit has no plans to give up on Swift, Woodward Sports Network reports. "We thought we had a recipe going into the year, and it didn't work out. ... We're going to start all over from scratch again. Let's find another way to help him stay on the field. ... He's too talented to not have out there."
Joining Detroit backfield
Montgomery has agreed to a three-year, $18 million contract with the Lions, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Tendered by Detroit
Wright was tendered by the Lions on Monday, paving the way for him to return to Detroit in 2023, Kyel Meinke of MLive.com reports.
DL | DET
Impressive rookie year
Hutchinson registered 52 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries over 17 games in 2022.
Three touchdowns in 2022
Reynolds caught 38 of 59 targets for 479 yards with three touchdowns over 14 games in 2022.
Avoiding offseason surgery
Swift said Monday that he won't require offseason surgeries to address the ankle and shoulder injuries he played through for most of the 2022 campaign, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
Plays through broken ribs
Raymond told reporters Monday that he played the second half of Sunday's win over the Packers with broken ribs, Eric Woodyard of ESPN.com reports.
Leads team in receiving Sunday
Raymond caught four of six targets for 66 yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over Green Bay.
Leads team to victory
Goff completed 23 of 34 pass attempts for 224 yards with no touchdowns or turnovers in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Packers.
Held to 49 yards in finale
St. Brown had six receptions (nine targets) for 49 yards in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Packers.