Packers RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 17. With Williams out, Aaron Jones should see a monster workload in an important game for the Packers. They can secure a first round bye with a win and have a shot at the No. 1 overall seed in the NFC. Tyler Ervin saw some snaps last week but Dexter Williams was inactive for the game. They could also promote Damarea Crockett from the practice squad. With Jamaal Williams barely playing in Week 4 and missing Week 5, Aaron Jones turned 45 touches into 240 yards and scored five touchdowns. That included 26 touches for 182 yards and four TDs against the Cowboys.
On Monday, head coach Bill O’Brien said that he thinks the team is in a “good situation” at the RB position despite Lamar Miller’s loss and cited the trade for Duke Johnson as a leading reason for that opinion. The Browns made heavy use of Johnson as a receiver the last four years, but O’Brien said he’s confident that Johnson can take on a bigger role.
O'Brien was quoted as saying he wouldn't call Johnson just a third-down back and with the Texans he'll be used a lot of different ways. O'Brien did add he doesn't think Johnson will be used exclusively, because of the other guys on the roster. It's believed the Texans will be looking to acquire another RB option before the season starts.
In our report from earlier in the day about Foreman getting released, Crockett wasn't listed among the favorites to see the time Foreman was getting, but this tweet is quite the opposite. Crockett is a name to keep an eye on especially for those who end up with Miller in fantasy drafts. Reports are now saying Crockett could slip into the role Foreman had.
This is a bit of a surprise. The tweet went on to say the Texans weren’t happy with his work habits. Ferguson, Howell and Jones seem the likely candidates to earn the RB2 spot. Higdon and Crockett are undrafted free agents. For Miller owners, this is a story to follow in the weeks ahead.