Packers 2021 roster preview: What’s next for Dexter Williams?

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

Former sixth-round pick Dexter Williams has yet been unable to carve out a role on offense for the Green Bay Packers.

With the team drafting Kylin Hill this year, there is even more competition for a spot on the 53-man roster, but the third spot on the depth chart should be available over the summer.

Can Williams win a place on the 53-man roster?

2020 stats

Williams was only active for three games and was limited to two carries all season. He finished with eight yards with a long of five yards.

2020 review

In his second season, Williams had a very limited role. According to Pro Football Reference, he played just seven snaps on offense for the Packers. His role on special teams was also small, with Williams on the field for just six percent of the Packers’ special teams snaps, down from nine percent the season prior.

Will he make the roster?

Williams is going to need to impress over the summer during training camp and throughout the preseason when he gets opportunities.

The good news for him is that with Jamaal Williams no longer on the roster, there is an opening at the third spot on the depth chart. With a strong summer, Williams could win the job. He’ll need to overcome competition from rookie Kylin Hill. Williams’ advantage is his NFL experience having been in Green Bay for two years.

What to expect in 2021

Williams faces an uphill battle to make the roster. He’s failed to land any significant playing time on offense in his first two seasons, but the bigger concern is his lack of snaps on special teams. If he can prove to be a valuable special teams player, his odds of making the 53-man roster will rise.

Now, part of the reason why he didn’t get many snaps is likely because the Packers had their top three running backs set in 2020. He could get more opportunities this year.

There will be competition for the third RB spot, but Williams will be in the mix.