Williams had three carries for five yards and one reception for four yards in Thursday's preseason loss to the Ravens.
Williams piled up 80 yards on 15 touches in the Packers' exhibition opener, but he was quiet in the box score in Game 2. He also was guilty of a couple of mishaps that weren't readily apparent, dropping a screen pass with a lot of space in front of him and playing a part in a botched handoff -- the fumble was charged to quarterback Tim Boyle -- deep in the Packers' end of the field. None of the team's running backs stood out Thursday, so Williams' chances of making the roster presumably weren't affected much. He does, however, appear to have a ways to go before he's ready to play a key role.
Williams rushed 14 times for 62 yards and caught his lone target for 18 yards in Thursday night's 28-26 preseason win over the Texans.
Williams was handed a big chunk of playing time with Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams both sidelined by hamstring injuries. The rookie sixth-rounder did fairly well for himself, showing some wiggle while ripping off a game-long 14-yard run and going for another big gain through the air. With Green Bay's other tailbacks producing very little Thursday, Williams is surely trending toward a roster spot, and will aim to impress further next week versus the Ravens.
Williams is one of four tailbacks on the Green Bay roster after the team cut Kapri Bibbs earlier in June.
The rookie sixth-round pick is in excellent position for a spot on the 53-man roster, likely competing with 26-year-old Tra Carson (ribs) for a single job. Williams may even have an opportunity to push Jamaal Williams for backup work -- a potentially valuable role given that lead back Aaron Jones has suffered three MCL sprains in two pro seasons. Jones returned healthy for the start of the offseason program and reportedly is in much better shape after he changed his diet to reduce sugar intake.
The Packers selected Williams in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 194th overall.
Williams was arrested in 2016 for marijuana possession and possession of a handgun with a license, the latter of which was dropped, and also missed a portion of his senior season due to an undisclosed team suspension. Still, the Notre Dame product ran for 995 yards and 12 touchdowns across 158 carries in the aforementioned campaign, displaying enough burst to accelerate through the hole and enough agility to routinely get around the corner on outside carries. That likely won't be as easy to replicate on the NFL level, but the fact Williams is a proven workhorse certainly can't hurt with injury-prone Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams currently slotted above him on the depth chart.
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