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Packers HC Joe Philbin has high praise for running back Jamaal Williams

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Running back Jamaal Williams was a major part of the Green Bay Packers offense during their 44-38 overtime win against the New York Jets. Williams ran for 95 yards and a touchdown on 15 attempts, he also added 61 receiving yards on six catches from Aaron Rodgers.

After the game, head coach Joe Philbin praised Williams, per Lily Zhao of wearegreenbay.com.

“The guy’s a football player,” he said. “That’s a high compliment as far as I’m concerned. Smart, tough, versatile. Real team player. Pass protection was excellent. I love the guy. Couldn’t ask for a better Green Bay Packer than Jamaal Williams.”

The second-year running back fell out of favor over the course of the season, but flashed his potential during today’s win. With just one game left in the season and the Packers eliminated from playoff contention, Williams has just three touchdowns on the season. He has split time with running backs Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery before he was traded to the Baltimore Ravens at the end of October.

Head coach Joe Philbin took over the Packers after Mike McCarthy was fired following a 20-17 loss to the struggling Arizona Cardinals at home on Dec. 2. McCarthy had coached the Packers since 2006. Philbin had been an offensive line coach for Green Bay before becoming their offensive coordinator in 2007, a role he held until 2011 when he left to coach the Miami Dolphins.

Philbin was fired by the Dolphin in 2015, he worked as an assistant head coach and offensive line coach for the Colts from 2016 to 2017, before again returning to Green Bay as the offensive coordinator at the start of this season.