RB Jamaal Williams - Green Bay Packers
|6-0, 212||Born: 4-3-1995||College: Brigham Young||Drafted: Round 4|
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General News (Tue Jan 23): conceded that in his exit interviews with head coach Mike McCarthy and running backs coach Ben Sirmans, "We were just in agreement that I've got to get my feet quicker and just get a little more speed happening and make sure that my knees are up. So, I'm just going to be working on my lateral movements, speed, make sure I get my knees up, make sure my lower body's a lot stronger."
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Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2017 Week 17 vs DET (22 / 82 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Williams continues to look like exactly what everyone has said he was all season long -- serviceably unspectacular. He looks the part of a guy who can be one portion of a solid backfield, but isn't an every down back with a lot of dynamism. He can fight through injury though, and was able to carry the load when asked to. He added some decent receiving yards this week, which should help him hold onto snaps next season.
2017 Week 16 vs MIN (15 / 58 / 0 rush, 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
While Williams has shown us he has the capability to be a solid running back, one thing he hasn't shown is an ability to create yards when his line isn't opening holes, or when he faces a solid defensive front. The Vikings' front is very stout, so Williams went nowhere at all Saturday night.
2017 Week 15 vs CAR (10 / 30 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams out-carried Aaron Jones by seven carries but was out-rushed by 17 yards. Williams had a workmanlike game, taking what the offensive line and defense gave him while not creating much on his own. The rookie seemed to regress a little on Sunday, though this run defense was tough. Still, he wasn't involved at all in the passing game and Jones just looked more dynamic on his carries.
2017 Week 14 vs CLE (15 / 49 / 1 rush, 7 / 7 / 69 / 1 rec)
By out-snapping Aaron Jones 50-8, Williams has put to rest any thought that Jamaal Williams isn't the lead back right now. He played well on both running and passing plays, including finding a way to sneak behind the Browns secondary on a 30-yard touchdown reception. On the play, Cleveland pulled up its safeties and nobody accounted for Williams, who was wide open on the 1-yard line and easily scored. He then found the end zone again on a simple run to the edge from the 1-yard line. Overall, Williams has played well and continues to get better each week.
2017 Week 13 vs TB (21 / 113 / 1 rush, 3 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Williams had a nice day, in part because the interior of the line--specifically guard Jahri Evans--kept opening holes and stymying the Tampa Bay defensive line. He showed a lot of power on his 1-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter. On the play, he took the ball to the left edge but his lead blocker didn't execute and defensive lineman Lavonte David was there to make the stop--or try. Williams did a great job of keeping his legs churning and bullying the defender into the end zone for a score. This was one of the better games we've seen from Williams, who looked closer to what we expected after a solid training camp. While lacking blazing speed, he runs hard and shows nice power, and that paid off handsomely on Sunday.
2017 Week 12 vs PIT (21 / 66 / 1 rush, 5 / 4 / 69 / 1 rec)
Williams had a couple of huge plays which made his day look a little better than it was in terms of what he was able to do. His 54-yard catch and run in the first quarter showed some great vision and nice speed, and he got a lot of help with blocking downfield. His second touchdown, a short 4-yard run, was the product of a nice delayed handoff and some solid blocking as well, with Williams diving to cover the last yard into the end zone. Williams hasn't quite shown the overall power and vision we thought he might have under the hood, so far proving to be a decent running back but no more. He's average, which can get the job done, but seeing the crowded fronts he normally does, Williams struggles to make his own yards.
2017 Week 11 vs BAL (18 / 57 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 38 / 0 rec)
Williams had to carry the ball a ton as Brett Hundley struggled but had his own problems with a stacked front and issues along the offensive line. He could only average 3.2 yards per carry and was constantly bottled up by multiple Ravens defenders.
2017 Week 10 vs CHI (20 / 67 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Williams was the last man standing on a day when Ty Montgomery and fellow rookie Aaron Jones both went down with injury. He had a few decent moments, but looked a bit plodding and struggled to gain any ground especially after first contact. He will probably get the start next week, but could see competition from rookie Devante Mays or someone off the street. Williams should have a chance to show improvement though with that next start.
2017 Week 9 vs DET (1 / 1 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Williams saw some work late and got a garbage touchdown with no time on the clock. While he looked promising at one point this season, he is clearly at least third in the backfield.
2017 Week 5 vs DAL (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams is allegedly healthy now, but he didn't see the field beyond two snaps but at least one of them involved a carry.
2017 Week 4 vs CHI (4 / 11 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Williams left early in the game and looked like he was in a lot of pain. Luckily, an MRI came back negative and there are no torn ligaments in his knee and Adam Schefter reported that Williams could miss the last game but will not miss more.
2017 Week 3 vs CIN (1 / 6 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams briefly went into the game when Ty Montgomery was having his arm attended to, but continues to be clearly well behind Montgomery in the pecking order.
2017 Week 2 vs ATL (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Williams got one carry in each half and didn't do much with either one. He's clearly well behind Ty Montgomery for touches and snaps.
2017 Week 1 vs SEA (2 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Williams only got some carries when Ty Montgomery was briefly sidelined with an ankle injury. He's clearly the next man up if something happens to Montgomery, but aside from that it doesn't appear he will get much work if that doesn't happen
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