4 Packers players facing an uphill battle at 2021 training camp

Green Bay Packers, Oren Burks (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, Dexter Williams
Green Bay Packers, Dexter Williams (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Dexter Williams, RB

With Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams, and AJ Dillon all ahead of him on the depth chart in 2020, opportunities were tough to come by for Dexter Williams in the Packers’ offense. Williams only had two carries for eight yards in 2020, and five attempts for 11 yards the year before.

Jamaal Williams’ departure this offseason creates an opening for a roster spot, but the Packers drafted Kylin Hill in the seventh round, who is the likely frontrunner to be the third-string running back behind Jones and Dillon.

While it’s possible the Packers keep four running backs, there’s also a good chance they go with three. Last season, Green Bay officially kept four RBs but one of them was Tyler Ervin, who was more of a gadget player on offense.

With Dillon likely to be promoted up the depth chart to the number two spot behind Jones, his position as the third running back becomes open. For Dexter Williams, it’s his biggest opportunity in a couple of seasons to earn a spot on the roster and get more carries, but he’ll need to outplay Hill.

But competition is a good thing, and this will be one of many positional battles to keep an eye on over the next month.