Packers add running back depth ahead of preseason opener

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The Green Bay Packers have added some running back depth ahead of this week’s preseason opener versus the San Francisco 49ers.

According to Bill Huber of Sports Illustrated, the Packers are signing Dexter Williams.

Williams has some familiarity with Matt LaFleur’s offense, having previously spent two seasons with the Packers.

Green Bay selected Williams in the sixth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Since then, he has spent time with the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, and Miami Dolphins.

During his two seasons with the Packers, Williams played in seven regular season games. He had a total of seven carries for 19 yards.

So, why has Green Bay re-signed Williams?

The biggest reason is likely running back depth. The team will begin its preseason on Friday evening against San Francisco, but currently lacks depth at the position.

Starters Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon are unlikely to feature in the preseason opener. Last year’s RB3, Kylin Hill, is on the PUP list as he continues to recover from a torn ACL. Backup running back Patrick Taylor has been dealing with an injury and it’s unclear whether he’ll play in this game.

Undrafted rookie Tyler Goodson, who has impressed so far at training camp, will have a huge opportunity in the preseason opener. Goodson should see plenty of carries in this game and has a chance to impress.

Rookie BJ Baylor will also get an opportunity to show what he can do in the preseason.

If Patrick Taylor isn’t ready to play, the Packers would’ve only had Tyler Goodson and BJ Baylor available on Friday night. That’s where Dexter Williams can help out.

It’s also an opportunity for Williams. While it’s unlikely he will make the 53-man roster, who knows? If he is the most impressive running back during the preseason, maybe he can put his name into the conversation.