Packers: Jamaal Williams makes the most of his opportunity

Jamaal Williams stepped up for the Packers in Week 7.

We’ve heard a lot about the Green Bay Packers‘ great depth at running back this season. But we hadn’t seen the Packers need to lean on that depth all that much.

Until Sunday. With not only star running back Aaron Jones out, but also Tyler Ervin, the Packers would need a big performance from Jamaal Williams.

In the featured role, Williams stepped up with an excellent game against Houston, averaging 4.1 yards per carry and also making four catches. In total, Williams had 19 carries for 77 yards and a touchdown, with four receptions for 37 yards.

Like Jones, Williams is set to hit free agency next spring. Performances like this one will only help him as he reminds teams around the league that he’s more than capable of being the number one running back.

While not as explosive as Jones and not as likely to break out a big run, he’s good in every area of his game. Williams is efficient between the tackles, strong in pass protection, and is a talented receiver. All of this makes him a valuable part of Matt LaFleur’s offense even when Jones is in the lineup.

Williams is at a point where the Packers know he’ll provide consistent play no matter what he’s asked to do. On Sunday, that meant being the leader of the backfield.

Williams dominated the running back attempts with only five going to rookie AJ Dillon, who was less efficient with just 11 yards at 2.2 yards per attempt. Better days are ahead for the Packers’ second-round pick.

Green Bay’s depth was put to the test in this game, not just at running back, but across the board. And this team stepped up and didn’t miss a beat.

There’s a good chance Jones will be ready to make his return on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, but if he has to miss any more time, the Packers can feel confident Williams is the perfect replacement.