Between a pandemic complicating his offseason training, a contract year, and the Green Bay Packers spending a second-round pick on another running back, it would be understandable if Jamaal Williams’ usual happy-go-lucky attitude was dimmed somewhat.
Understandable, but unlikely. Williams was his typical chipper self during a web conference with reporters Wednesday. Sporting a mask styled with the Joker’s smile, Williams happily shared his secret to handling everything this year has thrown at him.
“I think my life is an anime show,” he said. “And I’m my own main character.”
Williams says he’s not phased at all by A.J. Dillon’s presence on the roster, focusing instead on doing his own job and preparing for whatever role the Packers have for him. This year, he expects to contribute even more in the passing game, even after he tied for the team lead with five receiving touchdowns last year.
“I know I can catch the ball, but I want to make sure I can get that separation so I can catch the ball and get up the field after that.”
He’s doing what he can to help Dillon along, too, as a part of the collegial atmosphere in the Packers running back room.
“It’s all just love and peace in the room, but at the same time, we want to make sure we’re getting better and we’re ready to go make plays,” he said.
To be sure, he’s fully aware that this could be his last year making plays for the Packers, but it doesn’t bother him. Williams, as always, is happy to focus on what he can control and let the rest fall where it may.
“I’m just doing what I can to make myself a better football player, a weapon, and somebody you’d want to be on your team.”