Situational back: Jamaal Williams
Jamaal Williams might be coming in as the third running back on the depth chart, but in no way does that mean he is any less talented than the two guys before him. Like Jones, Williams will be given opportunities to show his worth in 2018.
Until there is a clearer path to a more significant role, Williams is most likely suited to be a situational running back this year. The BYU product is known as the “bruiser” of the group. While all three are physical runners, Williams could be the most physical of the group. He is likely to see time in short-yardage situations. Fans can expect to see Williams in short yard to gain and goal-line situations.
Williams is not as good of a receiver as Montgomery or Jones, but that certainly does not mean he is not capable. However, because of how good of receivers the guys in front of him are, this could hinder Williams’ abilities to see as many snaps as them. But, like Jones, I expect the coaching staff to carve out a role or game plan for Williams to get his touches. His play from 2017 definitely warrants that. On 153 carries, he averaged 3.6 yards per carry. Again, like his counterpart Jones, Williams will look to take a big step forward in 2018.