How Will RB Jamaal Williams Help the Packers?

Jamaal Williams doesn’t blow anyone away on paper or even on his tape, but he can still be a valuable contributor in Green Bay. The Packers arguably don’t have a single proven running back on the roster, so there should be plenty of opportunity to contribute. Here’s how Williams can lend a hand in 2017.

Depth at running back

As we mentioned up top, the Packers really don’t have any running backs on the roster with an established track record of success. Ty Montgomery is still new to the position, Christine Michael is the physical embodiment of inconsistency, and Don Jackson hasn’t had any significant experience playing in NFL games. While it obviously remains to be seen how Williams will perform at the NFL level, he at the very least brings some depth to a position badly in need of bodies.

Different physical profile

With Eddie Lacy departing for Seattle, the Packers don’t really have anyone on the roster who fits the profile of a “big” back. Williams is not in Lacy’s class in terms of size, but he’s more thickly built than Don Jackson and runs more powerfully than Christine Michael. Pro Football Focus says his best NFL comparison is Frank Gore, which is an interesting running style to inject into the Packers offense.


Christine Michael is pretty much a finished product at this point in his career, and while Ty Montgomery is still growing into the position, the Packers could use someone with a little growing room yet to go. Williams could be that player.