Jamaal Williams

Jamaal Williams


Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 63%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 5.7%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 1.5
Durability: question mark 5

Medium Risk


Jamaal Williams Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

  • You’ve probably read or heard some version of new OC Anthony Lynn classifying his RBs. Here’s his full quote (from The Athletic):
    • “Jamaal is what I’d call a classic ‘A’ back. I like to break the backs down into A and B. My ‘A’ backs are normally my bigger backs. They can run between the tackles, block probably a little better than a ‘B’ back. They can also run the perimeter. I can leave those guys in there for all three downs. My ‘B’ back comes in, he’s a guy that sometimes I want to use in space more. He’s my speed-in-space guy. I feel like Jamaal would be an outstanding ‘A’ back. I like his energy, I like his pad level and the way he runs the football between the tackles.”
  • In the same article, Lynn credited Williams as presenting surprisingly good route-running and pass-catching ability.
  • Williams ranked 20th in Pro Football Focus’ rushing grades last season among 63 RBs with 75+ carries -- well ahead of D’Andre Swift at 46th. Williams’ 2020 rushing grade came in well ahead of his marks from the previous 3 seasons, but he has improved that number each year.
  • Swift (19th) beat Williams (32nd) in receiving grade, among 61 RBs with 20+ targets.
  • Williams rated near the top of the position as a pass-blocker over his 1st 3 seasons, before earning a poor grade in that area in 2020.
  • Football Outsiders rated him 15th in receiving DYAR and 16th in DVOA among 50 qualifying RBs. (Swift checked in 9th and 13th, respectively.)
  • Swift also topped Williams in FO’s rushing metrics: 16th vs. 26th in DYAR and 14th vs. 22nd in DVOA. Both backs rated above replacement/average level in each phase.
  • The Lions return just 2 players who reached 40 targets for the team in 2020.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

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Jamaal Williams Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Dec 23, 2019 NFL Shoulder Williams left the game with a right shoulder injury during the Week 16 game at Minnesota. He was inactive for season finale but was ready for the playoffs
Sep 26, 2019 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Williams suffered an apparent head injury in the Week 4 loss to the Eagles. He missed one game as he was in NFL's concussion protocol
Aug 16, 2018 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Williams exited the Packers' 2nd preseason game with an ankle injury.
Sep 28, 2017 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Williams sprained his knee in Week 4 but was able to return for the following game.
Nov 5, 2016 Non-NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Williams re-injured his ankle and missed 2 more games.
Oct 14, 2016 Non-NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Williams missed 1 game with an injured ankle.
Nov 1, 2014 Non-NFL Knee Tear Williams missed the final 4 games of the 2014 season with what was called a "significant" right knee injury that required surgery. It's believed that Williams tore multiple ligaments.