Skip to main content
Publish date:

Ranking the Packers (No. 63): RB Dexter Williams

A sixth-round pick last year, Dexter Williams barely played as a rookie.
Author:

GREEN BAY, Wis. – In a tradition that stretches more than a decade, here is our annual ranking of the 90 players on the Green Bay Packers’ roster. This isn’t merely a look at the best players. Rather, it’s a formula that combines talent, salary, importance of the position, depth at the position and, for young players, draft positioning. More than the ranking, we hope you learn a little something about every player on the roster.

No. 63: RB Dexter Williams (5-11, 212, second year, Notre Dame)

The Packers used a sixth-round pick on Williams last year. Hand-picked for coach Matt LaFleur’s scheme, there were high hopes following a solid career at Notre Dame.

“The one good thing about him is, he’s got the ability to make explosive cuts, but he’s got really good acceleration. He can hit his top speed pretty fast,” Packers running back coach Ben Sirmans said during the 2019 offseason program. “He should be built for this scheme because he can make explosive cuts and he can accelerate through the hole.”

Plenty has changed over the last 12 months. Not ready for prime time in either phase of the passing game, Williams played in only four games with 10 snaps on offense and 38 on special teams. He carried five times for 11 yards. At the Scouting Combine, LaFleur said the Packers needed another running back. They got one, making a sizable investment in the position with second-round pick AJ Dillon.

At times during the offseason, Williams wasn’t even mentioned by the coaches. Asked about the group behind standout Aaron Jones, LaFleur said: “I’m excited about our backfield with Jamaal Williams coming back and then adding AJ Dillon to the mix. I’d be remiss if I left out Tyler Ervin, as well, because he did a lot of great things for us in the return game. We’ve got to find ways to get him on the field, as well.”

Why he’s got a chance: With Jones, Jamaal Williams and Ervin headed to free agency at the end of the season, the Packers would be wise to keep the cupboard stocked. It’s certainly not far-fetched to think the Packers could roll into 2021 with Dillon and Dexter Williams as the top tandem. That will be up to Dexter Williams to show he’s worthy. The key will be his improvement as a receiver and pass protector.

90 TO 1 ROSTER COUNTDOWN

Part 1 (87 to 90): FB Elijah Wellman, FB Jordan Jones, G Zack Johnson, S Henry Black

Part 2 (83 to 86): CBs DaShaun Amos, Will Sunderland, Stanford Samuels, Marc-Antoine Dequoy

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

USATSI_11776800
Play

In Hall of Famer’s Rankings, Showdown or Mismatch?

The Aikman Efficiency Rankings, a stats-based way of comparing teams, are slanted toward the Arizona Cardinals for Thursday night's game against the Green Bay Packers.

Screenshot 2021-10-26 214809
Play

On Top of Their Games, Campbell and Murray Meet Again

Linebacker De'Vondre Campbell is arguably the defensive MVP for Green Bay. Quarterback Kyler Murray is arguably the NFL MVP in leading undefeated Arizona.

USATSI_16837877(1)
Play

Packers-Cardinals Injury Report: Who Will Play Receiver?

Neither team practiced on Tuesday and there were no major changes on either injury report.

Part 3 (80 to 82): DT Willington Previlon, RB Damarea Crockett, S Frankie Griffin

Part 4 (77 to 79): G Simon Stepaniak, G Cole Madison, T Cody Conway

Part 5 (76): QB Jalen Morton can throw a football 100 yards

Part 6 (73 to 75) TE James Looney, TE Evan Baylis, RB Patrick Taylor

Part 7 (70 to 72) OLBs Jamal Davis, Randy Ramsey, Greg Roberts

Part 8 (67 to 69) LBs Krys Barnes, Delontae Scott, Tipa Galeai

Part 9 (66): Well-rounded OT Travis Bruffy

No. 65: WR Malik Taylor

No. 64: WR Darrius Shepherd

No. 63: RB Dexter Williams