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Jamaal Williams’ pass pro prowess gaining him playing time in Packers camp

The rookie running back’s ability to protect Aaron Rodgers could get him on the field early.

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As we approach the glorious beginning of another football season, we cling to and over analyze anything that we can take as “news” until we see football with our own eyes.

Recently, Packers Offensive Coordinator Edgar Bennett mentioned that rookie running back Jamaal Williams, a fourth-round draft pick out of BYU, has earned the right to see playing time early due to his ability to pass protect, something that Ty Montgomery was taken off of the field for a year ago due to his lack of experience.

While Montgomery should be entirely capable of being a proficient pass protector, after he moved to running back mid season a year ago there wasn’t quite time to teach him the intricacies of the position, rather just get through the season. Montgomery has a thick, rocked-up physique, so pass protection should be a “when” thing, not an “if” thing, for him.

However, someone like Williams, who had some pro-style run game concepts in his offense in Provo, steps into the forefront with pass protection experience. Williams, who has a somewhat similar body type to Montgomery, has apparently gotten out to an early lead in camp in that facet of the running back position.

Here are some of the plays Williams showed at BYU that exhibit his pass protection skills:

Williams allows this touchdown to happen by recognizing the fourth rusher.

This is just an incredible play, to be honest. I’ll take Williams on my team any day.

Williams does a nice job of knowing when to abort the fake to react to the pass rush.

Williams isn’t afraid to stick his nose in against blitzers.

I, for one, am very excited about Williams’ potential in the Packers’ offense. I think Williams, being an actual running back, will allow Montgomery to moonlight as a runner but really be utilized in his most valuable role: as a receiving threat out of the backfield to keep defenses honest.