Tim Williams is back.
The Green Bay Packers waived the third-year edge rusher on Tuesday, clearing room on the 53-man roster for safety Ibraheim Campbell. Campbell was returning to active duty off the Physically Unable to Perform list and Williams, who has been inactive for all but one game since joining the Packers, was the victim of a numbers game.
However, on Thursday the Packers announced that they have signed Williams back to the team’s practice squad following him clearing waivers.
An explosive athlete, Williams has yet to live up to his third-round draft status, which he achieved after an impressive career at Alabama. He recorded back-to-back nine-sack seasons as a junior and senior, but has yet to find a groove as a pro pass-rusher, with just two sacks in his career. Williams has an impressive burst, but lateral agility and bend seem to be areas where he struggles, judging from his Combine testing results.
Still, for a Packers team that had just four outside linebackers on the roster and one more on the practice squad in Randy Ramsey, Williams provides some depth and athleticism within the organization. Green Bay claimed him on waivers from the Ravens in October, clearly seeing some ability and potential in his game. Should the Packers need reinforcements at that spot, Williams would likely be the first man up.
The Packers released offensive lineman Ben Braden from the practice squad to make room for Williams.