Jameson Williams Works Out with Teddy Bridgewater

Williams and Bridgewater formed close bond in year together
Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams celebrates a touchdown against the 49ers in the first quarter.
Lions wide receiver Jameson Williams celebrates a touchdown against the 49ers in the first quarter. / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK
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The Lions are looking forward to a fruitful third season for wide receiver Jameson Williams. 

The 2022 first-round pick has played in just 18 games, and has recorded a total of 25 receptions, 395 yards and three receiving scores through his first two NFL seasons.

Many fans and pundits alike are expecting the Alabama product to take the next step and become a reliable No. 2 receiver behind All-Pro Amon-Ra St. Brown in 2024.

Williams has been putting in the time and effort this offseason, too, working out with now retired quarterback Teddy Bridgewater in Miami Gardens, Fla. 

Bridgewater, who spent the past season with the Lions, played 10 seasons in the NFL, and most notably was a Pro Bowler with the Minnesota Vikings in 2015.

In a post tweeted out by Detroit wideout Maurice Alexander Thursday, Bridgewater was seen with both Alexander and Williams at Miami Northwestern High School -- the same school where Bridgewater is now the head coach. The former veteran signal-caller starred at the Miami Gardens-based high school, and has since had the school's football field named in his honor.

Bridgewater played in just a lone game off the bench and completed just two passes in 2023, but still played a pivotal role in Detroit's locker room. He served as a mentor to the Lions' younger players, most notably Hendon Hooker, a rookie passer last year, and Williams. 

Bridgewater made it known multiple times last year that he thinks the world of Williams' talent level.

"He's a guy that has unbelievable talent, and I want to just push him to those limits he may have never been pushed (to),” Bridgewater said of Williams during training camp last summer. “It’s a little tougher when practice is going on, because the coaches have different guys they have to get going. If he messes up on a play, you can critique him really quick. But, you’ve got to get to the next play.

“He’s a guy I really want to see have a long future in this league, because we all know he was a first-rounder for a reason. I just want to challenge him to be the best player he can be, be a true pro. And, I’m excited I get to challenge him and really, I’m going to implement some things that are really going to make him hate me. But, it’s going to be great for JG (Jared Goff), it’s going to be great for this offense, this organization. I’m excited about his future." 

Christian Booher