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Jamaal Williams

Jamaal Williams

Running Back #30
ADP:Round: 13, Pick: 5
Team: Green Bay Packers
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 211 lb.
Born:April 3, 1995
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 4 (134)
Draft Team:GB

Jamaal Williams: Could compete for carries

Williams will face competition for carries in 2020 after the Packers' selection of fellow running back AJ Dillon in the second round of this year's draft.

Analysis: Williams was an effective complement behind Aaron Jones the last couple seasons, but both players will be free agents in 2021, so the Packers decided to use a high pick on a running back to improve their stability at the position. Jones is still set to be the top option in Green Bay's backfield, and Williams figures to play some sort of regular role as well, particularly on passing downs. However, Williams has never been a dynamic runner as a professional, so he could cede some snaps and carries to Dillon, whose power style makes him more likely to usurp work from the sturdier Williams than the quicker Jones.

April 25, 2020 9:46 AM EST

Jamaal Williams: Change-of-pace role in 2019

Williams, who rushed four times for nine yards in the playoffs, finished the 2019 season with 107 carries for 460 yards (4.3 yards per carry) and a touchdown while catching 39 passes for 253 yards and five scores over 14 regular-season games.

Analysis: After splitting backfield duties with Aaron Jones last season, Williams slipped to the clear No. 2 role as Jones developed into a stud running back. Williams filled an important change-of-pace role that helped keep Jones fresh, but the former still made an impressive offensive impact, as he tied Davante Adams for the team lead in receiving touchdowns. Both Jones and Williams are entering the final year of their contracts in 2020, and Williams will be worth a late-round pick as a handcuff.

January 20, 2020 8:45 AM EST

Jamaal Williams: Minimal role in playoff victory

Williams had one carry for three yards and one reception for nine yards in Sunday's divisional round win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Williams was back in action after missing the Packers' regular season finale because of a shoulder, but he played only a complementary role alongside Aaron Jones in the Packers' first playoff game, totaling just the two touches on nine snaps. He could be a bit more active in next weekend's NFC Championship Game if the Packers decide they need him to assist with pass protection more often than he did Sunday.

January 13, 2020 10:03 AM EST

Jamaal Williams: Full practice Wednesday

Williams (shoulder) practiced in full Wednesday.

Analysis: Williams was held out of the Packers' regular-season finale due to a precautionary measure, which he more or less confirmed in the aftermath. Speaking to Matt Schneidman of The Athletic, Williams said he would have suited up if it was the playoffs. With an uninhibited practice under his belt, Williams is on pace to do just that for Sunday's divisional-round matchup with the Seahawks. Expect him to serve as a handcuff to Aaron Jones, a role that amounted to 10.4 touches for 50.9 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring six TDs in 14 appearances.

January 8, 2020 2:45 PM EST

Jamaal Williams: Practicing Thursday

Williams (shoulder) practiced Thursday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Williams, who was inactive in Week 17, previously relayed via Matt Schneidman of The Athletic that he would have been able to suit up for the Packers' regular-season finale if it had been a playoff game. His presence on the practice field supports that notion, and it looks like Williams will be good to go when his team takes on a yet-to-be-determined opponent Jan. 12.

January 2, 2020 9:43 AM EST

Jamaal Williams: Should be ready for playoff game

Williams (shoulder) relayed that he would've played in this past Sunday's 23-20 win over the Lions if it were a playoff game, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Williams will take the extra week of rest after the Packers secured the No. 2 seed, and there's little doubt that he'll be ready for whichever team is coming to town Jan. 12. The third-year back continues to work as the No. 2 behind Aaron Jones, and Williams averaged 10.4 touches per game during the regular season. While he's slated to be ready, Williams' status will be confirmed when the Packers release their practice reports leading up to the divisional-round game.

December 30, 2019 1:55 PM EST

Jamaal Williams: Not suiting up Week 17

Williams (shoulder) is listed as inactive Sunday at Detroit, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Missing just the second game of his three-year career, Williams will defer to Dexter Williams and Tyler Ervin as the backup running backs to Aaron Jones. Depending on the result of this Week 17 contest, Jamaal Williams may have two weeks to rest up before the Packers take the field again.

December 29, 2019 8:42 AM EST

Jamaal Williams: Doubtful for Week 17

Williams (shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game in Detroit, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Coach Matt LaFleur essentially confirmed that Williams won't play, leaving Dexter Williams and Tyler Ervin as the reserve options in the backfield. The situation could lead to extra touches for Aaron Jones, as it isn't clear if the Packers will trust Williams or Ervin to handle significant work in an important game. A victory would give the Packers a shot at the NFC's No. 1 seed, while a loss could drop them as low as No. 3. A bye week would help Williams avoid any additional missed time beyond Sunday.

December 27, 2019 1:29 PM EST

Jamaal Williams: Not expected to play

Coach Matt LaFleur said Williams (shoulder) isn't expected to play in Sunday's game against the Lions, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: LaFleur's comment essentially confirms the obvious, as Williams hasn't taken part in practice all week. It remains to be seen if the running back is officially ruled out on the final injury report Friday afternoon.

December 27, 2019 11:36 AM EST

Jamaal Williams: Not at practice

Williams (shoulder) isn't at practice Friday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Williams is trending toward an absence for Sunday's game in Detroit, potentially leaving more snaps for Aaron Jones and a backup role for Dexter Williams and/or Tyler Ervin. Needing a win to ensure they get a bye week, the Packers figure to keep Jones busy Sunday afternoon.

December 27, 2019 10:24 AM EST

Jamaal Williams: No activity yet this week

Williams (shoulder) was estimated as a non-participant on Thursday's practice report.

Analysis: Although the Packers didn't hold a session Wednesday and had two walk-throughs on the schedule Thursday, Williams hasn't had any notable activity this week due to a shoulder injury. On Thursday, coach Matt LaFleur told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Danny Vitale and Dexter Williams will take on any reps vacated by an absent Jamaal Williams on Sunday at Detroit. No matter how the Packers dole out the reserve RB reps this weekend, Aaron Jones figures to receive the bulk of the work, per usual.

December 26, 2019 1:55 PM EST

Jamaal Williams: Listed as 'DNP' on report

Williams (shoulder) was a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report.

Analysis: Though the shoulder injury that forced Williams out of Monday's 23-10 win over the Vikings isn't viewed as a serious concern, the running back's availability for this weekend's regular-season finale in Detroit is in some peril nonetheless. If Williams can't gain clearance for the Week 17 contest, unproven rookie Dexter Williams and return man Tyler Ervin would represent the available depth backs behind lead option Aaron Jones.

December 25, 2019 2:36 PM EST

Jamaal Williams: Shoulder injury not serious

Williams said Tuesday that he doesn't believe the shoulder issue he suffered Monday at Minnesota will be a long-term issue, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: This season, Williams previously sat out Week 5 with a concussion and missed some practice time Week 14 due to a knee injury. He picked up the current concern when he landed on it Monday, resulting in his second-lowest offensive snap share (27 percent) of the year. Wednesday's injury report (likely an estimate) will reveal how much activity he was able to handle to kick off preparations for the regular-season finale in Detroit.

December 24, 2019 2:29 PM EST

Jamaal Williams: Questionable to return Monday

Williams suffered a shoulder injury Monday and is questionable to return.

Analysis: Williams has 33 rushing yards on six attempts to go along with two receptions for 19 yards in the contest. In his absence, the Packers will rely heavily upon Aaron Jones, as Tyler Ervin is the only other active running back on the roster. Look for more updates on Williams status to come as they are made available.

December 23, 2019 7:49 PM EST

Jamaal Williams: Totals 33 yards in win

Williams carried eight times for 26 yards and caught his only target for a seven-yard gain during Sunday's 21-13 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Williams did little with his opportunities, averaging just 3.3 yards per carry while making a minimal impact as a receiver. In all fairness, starter Aaron Jones didn't fare much better, though he scored a pair of touchdowns to salvage his own day from a fantasy perspective. Williams now has just 57 scrimmage yards combined over the last two games and seems unlikely to make a major impact in next Monday's matchup with the Vikings.

December 15, 2019 4:09 PM EST

Jamaal Williams: Unremarkable effort in Week 14 win

Williams rushed seven times for 24 yards and failed to bring in his only target in the Packers' 20-15 win over the Redskins on Sunday.

Analysis: Williams played a clear second fiddle in the backfield with fellow back Aaron Jones getting the hot hand to the tune of 192 total scrimmage yards and a rushing touchdown. Williams had logged double-digit carries in each of the three games prior to Sunday, so the downturn in his workload was noticeable, including in the passing game. Williams will look to up his numbers across the board in a Week 15 divisional showdown against the Bears.

December 8, 2019 7:30 PM EST

Jamaal Williams: Will play Sunday

Williams (knee) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's contest against the Redskins.

Analysis: The Packers capped Williams' practice reps Thursday and Friday, but a knee injury won't stop him from suiting up this weekend. He'll look to maintain his role behind Aaron Jones, which has amount to 11.1 touches per game this season

December 6, 2019 1:48 PM EST

Jamaal Williams: Fine to practice

Williams (knee) is practicing Friday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Williams' participation suggests he isn't dealing with a significant injury after being added to the Thursday injury report as a limited participant. An unexpected absence for Sunday's game against Washington would leave Dexter Williams and Tyler Ervin as options to spell Aaron Jones in the backfield.

December 6, 2019 9:31 AM EST

Jamaal Williams: Comes down with knee injury

Williams was limited at Thursday's practice due to a knee injury.

Analysis: Mid-week additions to the practice report can be worrisome developments, which is what has befallen Williams after no listing on Wednesday's edition. Consequently, his status will be one to watch as the week goes on. Aside from lead back Aaron Jones, the Packers' other options at running back are rookie Dexter Williams and waiver pickup Tyler Ervin.

December 5, 2019 1:35 PM EST

Jamaal Williams: Gains 67 total yards

Jones ran for 41 yards on 10 carries and added 26 yards on four catches during Sunday's 31-13 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Williams has now outgained fellow back Aaron Jones in three of the past four games, thanks in large part to his work in the short passing game. He's also been a more efficient runner during that span, averaging 4.4 yards per carry to Jones' 3.9. Jones still holds more value given his use in the red zone. That is subject to change, however, as Williams had a four-game touchdown streak earlier this season. With he and Jones trending in opposite directions, Williams may pick up a few more touches Sunday against a disappointing Washington team.

December 1, 2019 2:32 PM EST

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