4. Jamaal Williams
Jamaal Williams popped up out of nowhere on the injury report this week. Williams was limited all week with a toe injury before becoming a full participant on Friday.
Since the Packers do not practice on Fridays, the designation is more of a projection, but it is expected Williams will play and have a large role in the offense.
Williams fared well filling for the injured Aaron Jones last Sunday. He is not the home-run threat Jones is, but he is a good back who isn’t afraid to lay a hit on a defender to gain extra yards.
Williams is the better pass-blocker between the two and is serviceable enough in the pass-catching game, which means teams can’t clue in on plays because of personnel.
Williams will have no choice but to be the workhorse back, as the only other healthy back currently on the roster is Kapri Bibbs, who was picked up earlier in the week.
I’m excited to see if Bibbs can pick up enough of the playbook to have a package of plays set up for him in the game. He too could be a chess piece in the Packers’ plans heading into next season.
But, for now, it will be Williams’ show to run. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lance Kendricks as the single back in passing situations since I doubt Bibbs has been able to get that much time in with this offense.