When the Packers drafted AJ Dillon in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft, a lot of people assumed this would mean the Packers would let Aaron Jones walk next year. But what does this pick mean for Jamaal Williams?
Like Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams is slated to hit free agency after this upcoming season. Last season, Williams showed how effective he was in a change-of-pace role as the backup to Aaron Jones. However, as the season progressed, Williams’ snap share started dwindling as Aaron Jones started taking over games week after week.
Scouts say Dillon’s pass catching ability is farther along than most would think, considering he wasn’t used much as a pass catcher in Boston College. His body build is compared to Derrick Henry and Jamal Lewis, it is looking like Dillon will displace Williams as the backup. Especially since his body-type is perfect for pass blocking. If Dillon can adjust to the speed of the NFL, it is likely supplant Jamaal Williams role behind Aaron Jones.
As the Packers’ highest running back draft pick since Eddie Lacy, Dillon is expected make an impact right away. Currently Jamaal Williams’ cap hit to the team is $2 million dollars. This is a lot of money for a player who will play less than the 39 percent of snaps he played last year. Jamaal Williams might be more beneficial to the Packers as a trade chip rather than an on field contributor.
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