Denver Broncos sign RB Jonathan Williams to practice squad

Sayre Bedinger
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 31: Nathan Peterman
ORCHARD PARK, NY - AUGUST 31: Nathan Peterman /

The Denver Broncos signed running back Jonathan Williams to their practice squad, filling the 10th and final spot they had available…

The Denver Broncos were waiting on an opportunity to fill the final spot on their practice squad, and they did so by adding former Arkansas standout running back Jonathan Williams.

Williams, a fifth round draft selection of the Buffalo Bills in 2016, was just recently let go, and somewhat surprisingly.

The Broncos used some very valuable resources to get Williams in the building, and clearly they have some hopes that he can eventually become more than a practice squad player…

That type of salary is not frequently handed out to practice squad players, so the Broncos clearly think this guy is going to be something.

When you watch him play a little bit, it’s not hard to see why:

Dating back to the draft process, Williams was known as a guy who had excellent burst and quick feet, and excellent tackle breaking ability.

As big as he is at 220 pounds, Williams has the ability to be elusive in the open field. He’s tough to bring down with arm tackles and is a solid receiver out of the backfield as well.

The Broncos may have plans to quickly bring him up to the active roster, as Mike Klis alludes to here:

Who would be brought down from the active roster? Could we see Devontae Booker placed on injured reserve? Will the Broncos swap him out for another running back?

These are all unknown at this point, but this is a very interesting move with potential 53-man roster implications. For now, the Broncos have added some nice depth to the practice squad and a position where they have had a ton of injuries the past couple of seasons.

Williams is a nice prospect for Eric Studesville to get the chance to work with.