Packers: Dexter Williams a candidate for practice squad

Green Bay Packers, Dexter Williams (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Dexter Williams (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

The Packers have released running back Dexter Williams.

With a deep running back room, the odds were always against Dexter Williams making the Green Bay Packers‘ 53-man roster this week.

According to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the Packers have released Williams as they cut down their roster to 53 players.

But that doesn’t mean Williams can’t help the team in the future. With increased practice squads, Williams is an ideal candidate for the Packers to bring back with the potential to be promoted to the 53-man roster at a later date.

Williams was a sixth-round pick by Green Bay a year ago but didn’t make much of an impact in his first season, finishing with only five attempts for 11 yards in the regular season.

However, there’s good reason for the Packers to sign him to the practice squad. Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams will be free agents at the end of the 2020 season. If either (or both) running backs leave next offseason, the Packers will need more talent in the backfield.

Second-round pick AJ Dillon would be the top candidate for the number one job if Jones and Williams both walked, but Dexter Williams could compete for the number two spot.

It’s been a busy day with the Packers making a number of roster moves ahead of the deadline to cut their roster down to 53 players. One of the biggest surprises was that wide receiver Jake Kumerow was released.

However, with the practice squad increased from 10 players to 16 this season, the Packers will have more options to bring back players.

With a few hours to go until Green Bay has to confirm who has made the 53-man roster and which players have been released, there are still some important moves for the team to make.

Over the next couple of days, released players will be added to the practice squad. One candidate for Green Bay will be Dexter Williams.