We all know Aaron Jones will be the Packers’ number one running back this season. But don’t be surprised if Williams is the number two. And I’m not talking about Jamaal Williams. I mean Dexter Williams, the Packers’ sixth-round pick in this year’s draft. It’s yet another Day 3 selection who impressed during this game.
Williams was always going to be one of the players to watch. Jones and Jamaal Williams both missed the game due to hamstring injuries, and Corey Grant was released earlier on Thursday.
Dexter Williams led the way in the backfield, and he delivered, turning 14 carries into 62 yards at an average of 4.4 yards per attempt. He is an explosive runner and looks to be a perfect fit in Matt LaFleur’s offense. Williams can also play a role in the passing game; he had an 18-yard reception against the Texans.
Williams couldn’t have made a much more impressive debut. With the injuries to Jones and Jamaal Williams, the rookie was always going to need to make the most of his opportunity as the featured back. And he did just that, looking comfortable in LaFleur’s offense in his debut.
The three players in this article were the Packers’ final three draft picks in April, in the sixth and seventh rounds. And all three have made an instant impact in the preseason.