While Packers fans try and wait patiently for an Aaron Rodgers update, there is actually football going on in Green Bay that we should be paying attention too. Obviously Rodgers isn’t at camp yet, but neither are the Packers top five WR options. So, that means we are focusing on the running backs today.
The Packers Star
Aaron Jones is the star of the Packers RB room. That’s why he got the big four-year, $48 million contract this offseason. The 26-year-old racked up 1,459 total yards, 11 total TDs in 14 games played. He averaged a career-high 5.5 yards per carry and had a career-high six 20-plus yard runs and four 40-plus yard runs. His best game of the season came Week two against Detroit. He had 22 total touches for 236 total yards and three touchdowns, including this ridiculous catch.
Jones fumbled on the opening play of the second-half of the NFC Championship Game and never returned due to a rib injury. I am looking for a big year out of kid who wants to redeem himself for his poor finish to the season
The Packers Stalwart
Many thought AJ Dillon may be in line for the starting role if Jones didn’t come back. Nonetheless, the second-year back will be heavily relied upon this year. The Packers top priority is keeping Jones healthy for the playoff push and that means Dillon will see ample work.
I think it is save to say that Dillon has more star potential than Jamaal Williams (although Williams’ personality may argue with that take), but Dillon would have to star in his role in the upcoming year. Dillon was efficient in a limited role as a rookie, he recorded 45 carries for 242 yards and two touchdowns. However, he missed five games following a positive COVID-19 test but was able to put that behind him and finish the season strong. Literally he is quite strong.
I was hoping to see a little more of this in the second half against the Bucs.
The Packers Surprise
The only real question in Green Bay’s RB room is who the third back will be. My top two picks are 2021 seventh-rounder Kylin Hill and 2020 sixth-rounder Dexter Williams. Both have good speed and elusiveness but I think the one who pass blocks the best will earn the last roster spot.——————
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