We were all surprised when the Green Bay Packers started and rolled with Jamaal Williams at running back throughout the Buccaneers game. The reason for the surprise was because Aaron Jones was healthy and active.
Jones is averaging more than 5 yards per carry. Williams was averaging just 3.2 coming in. Of course, Williams improved on that average with a 112-yard day.
So what now?
The assumption was there would be some sort of rotation. However, it seems clear that Williams is much better when he gets consistent opportunities. Jones, who’s looked more instinctive, can seemingly come in and be effective at any time.
It sounds like the Packers are going to stick with one back, rather than have much of a rotation.
McCarthy with flow of 2 RBs in offense: “One guy stays in the game. Jamaal & Aaron high on instinct.” #packers
If that is indeed the case, it would suggest that Williams would be the guy. While he didn’t start off fast — more or less just running straight ahead early on — he showed something different against the Bucs. That was making cuts and kicking it to the outside when the opportunity presented itself.
Personally, I still like what Jones brings to the table as a runner more. However, Williams appears to be much superior in pass protection. In Mike McCarthy’s eyes, that’s likely key to him being out there over Jones.
If it were my decision, I’d take the more dynamic guy in Jones. However, I’m betting the Packers take Williams because they can trust him on all three downs. You have to remember that Jason Spriggs is now lining up at right tackle, so Williams’ help in pass pro is of considerable value.