Running backs (4)
Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon, Kylin Hill, Dexter Williams
The Packers surprised a lot of people and were able to re-sign Aaron Jones. Luckily for us, Jones is a loyal guy who took less to come back to Green Bay than cash in on a bigger contract elsewhere.
They did lose fan favorite Jamaal Williams, but I think AJ Dillon will step in and fill that role well for the Pack. He showed some flashes last season in a limited role that made me feel a lot better about Williams departing. The Quadfather is also becoming a fan favorite among Wisconsinites, constantly posting Wisconsin-related content on his social media pages.
Kylin Hill has a shot to get some playing time this season. It was thought he’d battle it out with Patrick Taylor for the No. 3 spot in the backfield, but Taylor was recently added to the physically unable to perform (PUP) list and it is unclear when he will be back.
I kept Taylor off for now, but if he can make it back by the start of the season, I would expect him to be the fourth back on the roster.
If he can’t make it, that leaves the Packers with three options; one, they keep three backs on the active roster. This is the least likely option to me. Depth at running back is vital in this offense. You could argue they’ll use Amari Rodgers in the backfield, but I still think three is too thin.
Second, they keep Dexter Williams for another year. Williams hasn’t shown a lot in his limited chances, but for now, he’s the only option on the current roster. The most likely outcome, in my opinion, is that they sign another back to come in and compete with Williams. There are some vets out there looking for a place to catch on. Green Bay should be a top candidate for a vet who wants a shot at a ring.
Practice squad candidates: None