Derrick Williams: Falling behind already?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Tom Kowalski at says the Lions hope they've gotten a return specialist in third-round draft pick Derrick Williams. And they hope at some point they can move Williams around, from the slot to outside receiver to occasionally coming out of the backfield -- maybe even doing some wildcat, as he has quarterbacking experience in his background.

But first, Killer says, Williams has to get on the field.

Williams didn't take part in any of the workouts during the team's recent minicamp because of a sore hamstring and the coaching staff is worried that he's going to be far behind when training camp begins.

The Lions are expected to move slowly with Williams, Killer says, letting him get comfortable with returns before using him in diverse ways in the offense.

My take: Were the Lions hedging their bets on Williams by trading for Dennis Northcutt? But all Williams has to do is flash the talent that had him projected as a second-round draft choice and he can have as big of a role as he can handle.

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