3. What role will Jamaal Williams have?
So, where does this leave Jamaal Williams?
The Packers will need all of their running backs. If LaFleur’s ambition is to achieve balance on offense and place a greater emphasis on the ground game than last year, something Kyle Shanahan has done with the San Francisco 49ers, the Packers will need depth. And they have just that.
But as long as Aaron Rodgers is under center, the Packers won’t become a “run-first” team. Instead, we’ll likely see a continuation of what worked last season. Run the ball more often than under Mike McCarthy, but use it to open up the play-action pass in hope of burning defenses deep downfield for a big play.
For Williams, will he resume his role as the number two running back? He can impact all three downs, which helps. But if Dillon makes an impact right away, will Williams become the number three back and see fewer snaps this season? In a contract year, that wouldn’t be an ideal situation for Williams.
The Packers want to run the football and that will lead to opportunities for all of their running backs, but LaFleur will make a decision on whether he wants a running-back-by-committee, or distribute the carries another way.