Packers add Ravens LB Williams

Mike Clemens
October 03, 2019 - 10:46 am

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Green Bay, WI - One thing was clear when the Packers faced the Ravens in Baltimore this summer during the preseason. 

The Ravens seem to have an endless supply of linebackers. 

Through four quarters the hits just kept coming from the Ravens defense and special teams, even after they had said so long in free agency to veteran Terrell Suggs (Cardinals) and Za'Darius Smith, now the defensive team captain of the Green Bay Packers. 

The Packers have only four outside linebackers on the 53-man roster, and one of them, Kyler Fackrell, is currently listed on the injury report with a shoulder injury, and did not practice, so on Wednesday, according to a report from ESPN, they claimed 25-year-old Tim Williams off waivers from the Ravens. 

Williams was a third round pick out of Alabama for the Ravens in 2017, but had fallen out of favor with head coach John Harbaugh when he had only produced two tackles so far this season. 

Williams has two references inside the Packers. Milt Hendrickson, who was named the Packers Director of Football Operations in January, was with the Ravens organization for many years, when they drafted Williams. And former teammate ZaDarius Smith. 

Williams will first need to pass a physical before his signing is officially announced. 

To make room, the Packers released tight end Evan Baylis, leaving three tight ends on the roster, Jimmy Graham, Marcedes Lewis, and Robert Tonyan. Baylis was impressive during mini camps and the preseason, was elevated from the practice squad to the 53-man roster when Graham was dealing with a groin and quad injury last week. The Packers may hope to bring Baylis back to the the practice squad if he clears waivers. 

Mike Clemens covers the Packers & NFL for The Bill Michaels Show statewide and Sportsradio AM1250/105.7 FM The FAN, Milwaukee