After being listed as inactive for Sunday’s game in Dallas, it is evident that the Green Bay Packers still don’t trust Dexter Williams to be on the field.
There are always a number of takeaways from every Green Bay Packers game that we watch, but perhaps one of the bigger ones from Sunday’s game in Dallas didn’t even take place on the field.
With Jamaal Williams held out of the game due to a concussion from the previous week, the Packers would promote Tra Carson from the practice squad and would once again list the perfectly healthy Dexter Williams as an inactive. At this point, it is clear that the Green Bay Packers just don’t trust him quite yet.
Drafted in the sixth round, landing Williams felt like a steal for Green Bay as many draft experts had him graded higher than that. Coming out of Notre Dame, due to off the field issues as well as some inconsistencies in his game, Williams only saw significant playing time during his final season.
However, Williams would put on a show as he would total 995 rushing yards in only nine games while averaging 6.3 yards per carry and scoring 12 touchdowns. Williams would also tally 16 receptions for 133 yards and another touchdown.
Williams is really a perfect fit for the Matt LaFleur outside-zone running scheme. He has the ability to make an explosive cut to get north and south while also having great burst. While the potential is definitely there, he is still a sixth-round rookie that is still a bit raw and has to adjust to the NFL game.
Throughout training camp and the preseason, Williams lacked the consistency that you want from a running back that is going to be taking a number of meaningful snaps. Although we saw flashes of the player that he can become, Williams was still hesitant at hitting the hole, he had a number of drops in the passing game, and he really struggled in pass protection.
In fact, going into the final preseason game, Williams was still listed as the fourth running back behind Carson on the Green Bay Packers’ depth chart. Ultimately against Dallas, LaFleur went with Carson’s reliability over Williams’ explosiveness and potential, which does make sense.
It is still very early in Williams’ career for anyone to be worried and as I mentioned above, he is loaded with upside. With that said, many expected him to be RB2 in Dallas behind Aaron Jones, however, by being a healthy-scratch it shows how far that Williams still has to go with his development before he sees the field and any meaningful playing time.