Jamaal Williams working to add explosiveness to his game

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Jamaal Williams finished as the Packers’ leading rusher last season with 556 yards. That doesn’t mean Williams was happy with his rookie season.

He averaged only 3.6 yards per carry, and, of his 153 carries, only five went for 12 yards or more, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, with a long run of 25 yards. His exit interviews with running backs coach Ben Sirmans and Mike McCarthy focused on Williams’ lack of explosive plays.

“We were just in agreement that I’ve got to get my feet quicker and just get a little more speed happening and make sure that my knees are up,” Williams told Demovsky. “So I’m just going to be working on my lateral movements, speed, make sure I get my knees up, make sure my lower body’s a lot stronger.”

Ty Montgomery returns next season after wrist surgery ended his 2017 season prematurely, and Aaron Jones is back for his second season after two knee injuries cost him four games. That means Williams will have competition for playing time as well as touches.

“When you’re in college, you’re used to like two guys — two superstars — on the team who get the ball consistently,” Williams said. “I liked [the competition] because it just shows that you’ve got to keep working hard, and every year there’s going to be a new batch coming in, so you’ve got to make sure you improve every offseason.”

Williams said he will begin his offseason work this week under the watchful eye of his uncle, Luke Neal, who is a trainer in the Phoenix area.

14 responses to “Jamaal Williams working to add explosiveness to his game

  1. 556 YARD for the season most high school kids could obtain. I am sure the next batch of basketball players will fill in nicely for this hapless 3rd place team.

  2. ariani1985 says:
    January 23, 2018 at 2:57 pm
    556 YARD for the season most high school kids could obtain. I am sure the next batch of basketball players will fill in nicely for this hapless 3rd place team.
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    did you miss the stat that he had 153 carries. I know time are tough in Minn these days but last i checked, 153 carries really doesn’t qualify as a full season. He only had 8 games of a full workload

  3. A fan of all 4 NFC North teams and here’s how I think they’ll stack next season barring any injuries, suspensions, etc. Good luck to all.

    1. Packers
    2. Lions
    3. Vikings
    4. Bears

  4. The New Green Bay Packers, once again the Team to Beat in the North Division. Pretenders need not apply.

  5. stellarperformance says:
    January 23, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    The New Green Bay Packers, once again the Team to Beat in the North Division.
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    I like the enthusiasm! Still, I think you’re better off just going back to being the Green Bay Rodgers again.

  6. In Teddy We Trust says:
    January 23, 2018 at 4:45 pm
    I like the enthusiasm! Still, I think you’re better off just going back to being the Green Bay Rodgers again.
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    The Green Bay Rodgers was OK as-is (12-5 against the Vikings this decade,) but this is now. The Packers management is finally waking up from the power grip of their sleepy-eyed boat anchor. They will be the team to beat. You know it too.

  7. When what my Packers are doing isn’t working, our fans come up with The New Green Bay Packers, for kind of a back up plan. Ya know, because we’re in reverse. So maybe Williams can get 500 yards next season.

  8. Kid runs hard, but Jones is the better back (if healthy). We will need them both next year, and others. Better than the Vikings, worse than the Vikings …….Meh. Both squads have a lot of issues to address.

  9. One sure way to tell the vikings season is done – ariani is trying to talk smack about the Packers. Where was she on Sunday? It only took 2 days for the purple trolls to get back into off-season champion mode.

  10. I don’t think he can afford to buy enough boxes of Cracker Jacks to find anything explosive.

  11. I’m a Packer fan, but c’mon. If he had the ability, WIlliams would have “added” explosiveness to his game a long time ago. He doesn’t have it. If the Packers want explosiveness, just play Aaron Jones.

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