Detroit Lions release Tyrell Williams, open up a wide receiver spot

(Detroit Free Press)
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This evening, the Detroit Lions have made a roster move that could hint at more significant things to come. Williams was viewed as the Lions’ number one receiver coming into the 2021 season, which is scary enough as it is, but an injury removed him from competition.

Sadly, the Detroit Lions wide receiver core has been pathetic due to injuries and inexperience. It’s no real fault given the lack of personnel, but it got even more challenging without Williams. Unfortunately for the Lions, his season was halted after a brain injury in week one.

He has remained out since then and off the practice field. The organization opted to reach an injury settlement with Williams. He has since been released, freeing up a roster spot for the Lions to try and beef up their wide receiver core, could it be Odell Beckham Jr.

Pretty much any NFL fan knows who could be available after the recent rumblings, but the question is if the Lions are going to be willing to take a flier on the veteran wideout. The Lions need help; that is clearly evident for anyone who is watching the games.

The Detroit Lions have released Tyrell Williams, freeing up a roster spot.

The move could be a personnel decision for the Lions, or it could hint at something bigger. It’s been eight seasons that Beckham Jr. has spent in the NFL, and given recent news, he is hitting the open market.

Beckham Jr. has had his fair share of issues during his career. He may not be the best locker room addition, but the addition of a high-caliber receiver might offset this with the excitement of a willingness to make moves.

I’m not sure what the best move is for the Lions. They are first in the waiver order and get their choice of claiming Beckham Jr. or not. While, yes, Beckham Jr. is going to bring some definite upgrades in skill on the field, it’s hard not to at least consider the boost in talent.

The fanbase will find out soon enough; however, it seems like avoiding Beckham Jr. might be best. I think that the biggest thing to consider is how bad Brad Holmes and Dan Campbell want to get that first win.

Adding Beckham Jr. does not surely grant them a win, but it makes their offensive group better when it’s led by Beckham Jr. and not Amon-Ra St. Brown or Kalif Raymond. It’s hard to think what this group is going to do.

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It feels like they’re going to be mindful of the culture, morale, and locker room culture but also adding that talent to do whatever it takes for Campbell to record a win seems valid as well. Whatever happens, it will be interesting to see if and how long it may take for the Lions to record their first win.