Detroit Lions Preseason: It's Time To Say Goodbye to WR Derrick Williams

Michael SuddsCorrespondent IAugust 14, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 26:  Wide receiver Derrick Williams #12 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the start of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field on September 26, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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It’s Sunday and the Lions practice has been closed to the public. It makes me cranky. Okay, it makes me crankier than usual.

When I get real cranky, I usually look for an easy target to vent on. I promised my queen that I wouldn’t punt the poodles anymore, and would stop brow beating the neighbors, family and friends.

Who do I vent to? How do I restore my relative sense of emotional balance and well-being?

Eureka! I’ll go ballistic on Lions wide receiver Derrick Williams!

Where do I begin? Williams was a third-round draft pick in 2009. The Lions had “Mayhewed” the Dallas Cowboys when they traded WR Roy Williams for a first- and third-round draft pick. That third-round pick turned out to be Williams.

Williams looked like the best thing since sliced bread in training camp, but was singularly unproductive during the 2009 regular season.

In 2010, history repeated itself. Williams was a training-camp stud who became a regular-season thud.

In the Lions' first 2010 preseason game, Williams called for a fair catch on the 2-yard line. He didn’t have the presence of mind to get the hell out of the way.

Williams had so lost the confidence of Detroit quarterbacks that he was seldom targeted after a series of dropped passes—even after injuries to Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson.

The consensus of opinion (mine included) among Lions fans was that Williams would be cut even before WR Bryant Johnson, who was equally unimpressive in 2010.

But, no, the Lions gave Williams another chance to fail.

Williams once again has put on a clinic for how to catch any and every ball in training camp. Watching him every day in camp, I had to grudgingly admit that Williams looked terrific. I also issued my standard “We’ve seen his act before” caveat.

So, how did Williams reward my hard-earned props? In Friday’s exhibition game against the Bengals, he dropped the first two passes thrown his way. QB Drew Stanton refused to give up on Williams though, and threw two more passes to him. Both were caught. The second was negated by a holding penalty.

Did those two catches make up for the years of disappointment? Not in my eyes, they didn’t.

I won't be fooled again.

It’s high time that the Lions cut Williams and his "training-camp stud" persona. If he can’t make better than 50 percent of the catches in a game, what good is he?

Maybe Williams needs a change of coaching or scenery. I don’t know and I don’t care. I want his memory expunged. I want Williams gone. Now!

Whew! I feel better already.


Mike Sudds is a syndicated Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Mike is also an analyst and correspondent for