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Packers make backup QB swap: Marquise Williams for Ryan Williams

Marquise Williams threw for more than 3,000 yards in each of his last two seasons at North Carolina. AP Photo/Gerry Broome

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Ryan Williams' return to football with the Green Bay Packers lasted only four months. He was released Thursday, when the Packers signed another quarterback, Marquise Williams.

Ryan Williams had spent all of 2015, what should have been his rookie season, out of football before he signed with the Packers in January. He hasn’t played since 2013 at the University of Miami. He missed his entire senior season in 2014 because of a knee injury.

Earlier this offseason, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said he was intrigued by Ryan Williams’ potential, but the 6-foot-5 quarterback apparently didn’t do enough to catch his eye during the offseason program.

Marquise Williams, a 6-2 dual-threat rookie from North Carolina, started 33 career college games and broke more than 20 school records, including career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (35), career rushing yards by a quarterback (2,458) and career total offense (10,423 yards). He ranks third in school history with 61 touchdown passes. As a senior, he threw for 3,072 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and rushed for 948 yards (with a 6.0-yard average) and 13 touchdowns.

The Packers still have four quarterbacks on the roster: Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley, Joe Callahan and now Marquise Williams.