Rookie running backs eager to show more – Green Bay Packers News

Rookie running backs eager to show more – Green Bay Packers News

GREEN BAY – The pass-heavy offseason program will eventually morph into a run-centric training camp in Green Bay, and the Packers have plenty of young running back prospects eager to get to that point.

“I can’t wait for it,” rookie fourth-round draft pick Jamaal Williams said as minicamp wrapped up this past week. “I’ve been waiting to run the ball for a while and just show the tenaciousness. I can’t wait for contact. Contact is my favorite part.”

There’s only so much a running back can show without pads on, but the past several weeks were still plenty valuable for the Packers’ stable of rookie backs, which runs five deep – Williams from BYU, fifth-round pick Aaron Jones (UTEP), seventh-rounder Devante Mays (Utah St.), and undrafted signees Kalif Phillips (Charlotte) and William Stanback (Virginia Union).

The group was focused on learning the playbook together and getting introduced to the checkdowns and protection responsibilities in the passing game, which can be significantly more complex than at the college level.

The mental side of the game, combined with learning blocking or route-running techniques they may not have been introduced to before, kept the rookie backs’ plates full.

“You just have to keep working at it, watching it, looking at your playbook,” Williams said. “That’s something you can never get tired of doing, watching film. I’m glad I don’t have school anymore, so I can be 24-7 watching film and playing football.”

Williams described it as a “friendly competition” this spring amongst the young running backs. They’ve helped each other along, and they’ve…

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