John Metchie and Jameson Williams Leading “Complimentary” WR Room
Saturday afternoon marked the start of a new era for the Alabama Crimson Tide, and in particular a new era on offense, especially in the wide receiver room.
After losing Jerry Jeudy, Henry Ruggs, DeVonta Smith, and Jaylen Waddle to the draft over the past two years, the matchup against Miami was the first time the wide receiver room had a completely new look outside of John Metchie, who started to shine during the 2020 season.
In his first game as the new leader of the receiving core, Metchie did not disappoint, finishing with a team leading six catches to go along with 76 yards and capped it off with a 37-yard touchdown for his first score from his new quarterback.
For one member of the receiving room, Saturday marked his debut in crimson and white. After entering the transfer portal in late April and committing to Alabama just a week later, former Buckeye Jameson Williams seemed poised to make an immediate impact on a receiving core with little to offer besides question marks beyond Metchie.
Although Williams only totaled 154 yards and two touchdowns while starting all eight games for Ohio State in 2020, it was apparent from the day he stepped on campus in Tuscaloosa that he had all the tools to become an important player for Alabama in 2021. With blazing speed being the crown jewel of his game, Williams game perfectly balances out Metchie's in a way that makes both players jobs easier.
"I think it all goes together. I think we help one another. I think the receiving corps and the offense is really complimentary of one another. Really, we just help each other and it goes well together," said Metchie when asked about the impact that Williams' speed has on his ability to perform his own job.
Even with only four catches, it didn't take long for Williams to show what kind of player he can be in this offense. He totaled 126 yards and capped his performance with a 94-yard touchdown reception from Bryce Young in the third quarter on which there was not a player on the field who could have caught Williams before he reached the end zone.
With an offense that is clearly absolutely loaded with talent, it is no surprise to see someone start to stand out opposite of Metchie. And with the season just getting underway, I have a feeling Tide fans will be seeing quite a bit more from Jameson Williams as the Tide continue to roll.
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