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Did Aaron Rodgers hint at retirement after loss to Lions?

Aaron Rodgers points to his jersey

Did Aaron Rodgers hint at retirement after his Green Bay Packers lost 20-16 to the Detroit Lions on “Sunday Night Football” in Week 18? That’s what many are wondering.

Rodgers threw an interception with his team down by four and 3:37 left in what turned out to be Green Bay’s final possession. Detroit’s offense took over and converted enough first downs to run out the clock on an upset win that eliminated Green Bay from playoff contention.

After the game, which ended the season for both teams, Rodgers shared lengthy exchanges with many of his opponents. What was interesting was NBC cameras caught Lions receiver Jameson Williams asking Rodgers for his jersey.

“I gotta hang out to this one,” Rodgers appeared to say.

Rodgers contemplated retirement after last season but decided to return. He has three years left on his contract, but the 39-year-old could decide to walk away, either from Green Bay, or the NFL.

The Packers finished the season 8-9, while Detroit finished 9-8 and ended up sweeping Green Bay.

Lions set to debut highly-touted first-round pick

Jameson Williams talks with the media

Mar 2, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Combine. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Lions will finally get a glimpse of one of their first-round picks on Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Lions activated wide receiver Jameson Williams on Saturday and the first-round pick will be eligible to play Sunday. Whether Williams will be featured or how much remains to be seen.

The Lions traded up to select Williams at No. 12 despite the fact that he tore his ACL playing for Alabama in last year’s national championship. The team was willing to wait and let Williams heal, and will now have the chance to be rewarded for their patience.

Williams was viewed by some as a franchise talent before the draft, even with the lingering injury concerns. The Lions will not push him too hard this year, but there is going to be a lot of excitement to see what he can become.

Jameson Williams reached out to ex-Lion about new jersey number

Jameson Williams talks with the media

Mar 2, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Combine. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions rookie Jameson Williams has officially claimed his jersey number, and it’s one that has some recent significance for the franchise. Fortunately, that was not lost on Williams.

Williams officially switched his jersey to No. 9, which is the same number quarterback Matthew Stafford wore during his Lions career. According to Eric Woodyard of ESPN, Williams actually reached out to Stafford via text to get Stafford’s approval before making the switch.

Stafford was only traded last offseason. While one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in franchise history, the Lions obviously have not retired his number this quickly, and maybe they never will. Still, it’s pretty cool of Williams to reach out and make sure there were no issues there.

Williams definitely has a thing for meaningful jersey numbers. If the wide receiver performs well enough, he certainly has a shot to make No. 9 his own, regardless of the history associated with it.

Lions coach provides update on Jameson Williams’ status for training camp

Jameson Williams talks with the media

Mar 2, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Combine. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Lions wide receiver and No. 12 overall pick Jameson Williams is not expected to partake in the team’s training camp this summer.

Head coach Dan Campbell told reporters Thursday that it’s unlikely Williams will be able to participate in training camp.

“I don’t see him being ready for training camp,” Campbell said via Chris Burke of The Athletic. “I’m very hopeful, but I don’t see it. We’re gonna do this thing the right way, and when he’s ready he’ll be ready.”

The Lions are taking things slowly with Williams as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered during the 2022 National Championship Game. While Williams has made quick progress during his rehab, Detroit appears to be in no rush to get Williams back on the field until he’s fully healthy.

With training camp scheduled for the end of July, the 21-year-old Williams would have had a tough time making it back just seven months post-ACL surgery. The Lions open their season against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 11.

Williams likely would’ve been the top wide receiver taken in the 2022 NFL Draft if not for his injury. During his third year with Alabama last season, the first-team All-American had 79 receptions for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns in 15 games.

Lions rookie chooses meaningful number for rookie minicamp

Jameson Williams talks with the media

Mar 2, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Combine. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Jameson Williams’ choice of number in Detroit Lions rookie minicamp should make the team’s fans happy.

The Detroit Lions rookie selected No. 18 for his jersey as he got his first action in with his new team. He said he selected the number as a nod to Calvin Johnson, who wore No. 81 in Detroit, as well as Randy Moss, who wore No. 18 during his stint with the Oakland Raiders.

Williams could probably get the meeting with Johnson if he wants it. The former wide receiver infamously feuded with the team following his early retirement in 2015, but some steps appear to have been taken to mend the relationship.

Williams isn’t shying away from expectations in paying tribute to two Hall of Famers with his number. If he turns out to be anywhere near as good as either of them, Lions fans will be thrilled.

Report: Alabama WR drawing rave reviews ahead of NFL Draft

Jameson Williams talks with the media

Mar 2, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams talks to the media during the 2022 NFL Combine. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft is less than a week away, and there is one wide receiver available who apparently is drawing some rave reviews.

Jordan Schultz reported on Twitter Saturday that multiple NFL teams view former Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams as a “star.”

The praise Schultz shared is significant, with some projecting Williams as a future Pro Bowler and franchise cornerstone.

The one catch with Williams is that he is coming off a torn ACL suffered in the national championship game in January. Of course, Schultz says Williams is ahead of schedule in his rehab, meaning the receiver could contribute as a rookie this fall.

Williams played at Ohio State from 2019-2020 before transferring to Alabama. With the Crimson Tide last season, Williams had 79 catches for 1,572 yards and 15 touchdowns. Williams led Bama in both touchdown catches and receiving yards, though he was second on the team to John Metchie III in receptions.

Williams is one of three former Alabama receivers in this year’s draft, along with Metchie and Slade Bolden.

Jameson Williams suffers left knee injury during championship game

Jameson Williams holds his knee

Jameson Williams went down with a left knee injury during the national championship game on Monday night between Alabama and Georgia.

Williams caught a 40-yard pass down the middle of the field on Bama’s first play after a touchback following Georgia’s field goal to tie the game at 3 in the second quarter. The Crimson Tide wide receiver tried to plant and his left knee got hurt.

Williams went down and was seen grabbing his left knee.

Williams had four catches for 65 yards prior to his injury. He was seen going into the medical tent and then walking unaided on the sideline. The junior entered the game with 75 catches for 1,507 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Deshawn Pace gets penalty for dirty play on Jameson Williams

Deshawn Pace knocks a helmet off

Cincinnati linebacker Deshawn Pace was penalized during the fourth quarter of Friday’s College Football Playoff semifinal game against Alabama for a weak move.

Pace was in coverage on a 2nd-and-10 play by Bama’s offense at the Bearcats 27. Bryce Young completed a pass to Jameson Williams, who took it for a gain of 17.

Pace was trying to pry the ball loose and cause a fumble, but his efforts went nowhere. Frustrated, Pace knocked Williams’ helmet off.

The penalty was for 15 yards and put Bama at the Cincinnati four. The Tide scored a touchdown a few plays later to extend their lead to 24-6.

That’s just a stupid, dirty play by Pace and very clearly the result of a frustrated player acting out.