Jamaal Williams Signs With Detroit Lions

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Four-year NFL running back Jamaal Williams signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Detroit Lions. Williams spent the first four seasons of his career with the Green Bay Packers.

Jamaal Williams, Detroit Lions, Agree to Contract

The Packers took Williams in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL draft 134th overall. Despite never breaking out as the starter in Green Bay. He has been a consistent factor and an important weapon for the Packers offense during his four seasons there.

During the 2020 season, Williams played back up for the Packers to Aaron Jones, and eventually, towards the end of the season A.J. Dillon. A season in which he would compile 505 yards and two touchdowns on 119 rushing attempts and a further 236 yards and a touchdown off of 31 receptions. 

He had his most successful season in his rookie year back in 2017, where he was the backup to the converted running back Ty Montgomery. He compiled 556 yards and four touchdowns on 153 attempts and 262 yards and two touchdowns of 25 receptions during that season.

Despite his backup status on the Packers, he suited up for all but four games in his four years with the team. Notable absences for him during this time include a concussion suffered as a result of a helmet to helmet hit from Derek Barnett, for which he spent a night in hospital in 2019 and a six-day stint on the COVID-19 reserve list after being deemed a close contact of fellow packers running back A.J. Dillon.

Leaving high school Williams was a two-star recruit. He would receive offers from schools such as Boise State, Idaho, San Diego State, Utah, and New Mexico State before he committed to play at Brigham Young University.

Williams played for Brigham Young University from 2012 to 2016, redshirting in 2015. During his time there, he would break the school record of 3,901 yards on 726 and add 35 touchdowns while adding an additional 567 yards and a touchdown as a receiver.

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