The Green Bay Packers running back room is one of the most talented in the NFL. Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon are a proven dynamic duo that can do it all, and they are complemented by a solid group of potential backups. Here’s a closer look at each of the players via
- Strengths: Speed, elusiveness, receiving ability
- Weaknesses: Ball security
Jones is the clear-cut starter for the Packers. He is a two-time Pro Bowler who has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the last two seasons. Jones is a threat to score every time he touches the ball, and he is also a capable receiver out of the backfield.
Jones is a dynamic running back who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. He is one of the quickest running backs in the NFL, and couples that with impressive elusiveness. Jones also is a capable receiver out of the backfield, so much so that he can line up in the slot or out wide. Jones’ biggest weakness, which is only a recent development, is his ball security. He had 5 fumbles in 2022, many in inopportune moments. Hopefully he can cut down on the fumbles in 2023.
- Strengths: Power, toughness, pass blocking
- Weaknesses: Speed
Dillon is a bruising running back who is known for his power and toughness. He is not as fast as Jones, but he is more than capable of running between the tackles. Dillon is also a good pass blocker, and he can be used in short-yardage situations.
Dillon is a bruising running back who is known for his power and toughness. He is not as fast as Jones, but he is more than capable of running between the tackles. Dillon is also a good pass blocker, and he can be used in short-yardage situations. Dillon’s biggest weakness is his speed. He is not an overly fast running back, and he can be slowed down by good tackling defenses.
- Strengths: Receiving ability, pass blocking
- Weaknesses: Speed, vision
Taylor is a third year back who has been a solid contributor for the Packers. He is a good receiver out of the backfield, and he can also run the ball effectively. Taylor is a valuable member of the Packers’ running back rotation, and he could see an increased role in 2023.
Taylor’s biggest weaknesses are his speed and vision. He also lacks breakaway speed and can sometimes have trouble finding the hole..
- Strengths: receiving ability, burst, agility
- Weaknesses: Size, pass blocking
Goodson is a versatile running back who can do a lot of things well. He is a good receiver out of the backfield, and he has the speed and vision to make plays in the open field. However, he is not a very big or powerful running back, and he can be inconsistent at times. He will need to improve his pass blocking if he wants to see significant playing time in the NFL.
Overall, Goodson is a promising young running back with a lot of potential. He has the tools to be a successful player for the Packers, but he will need to develop his game and learn to play with more consistency.
Lew Nichols III
- Strengths: Power, size, potential
- Weaknesses: Pass blocking, experience
Nichols is a rookie running back who was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round of the 2023 NFL Draft. He is a big, physical running back who has the potential to be a power back in the NFL. Nichols will need to develop his pass blocking skills, but he has the potential to be a valuable member of the Packers’ running back room.
Nichols’ biggest weakness is his lack of NFL experience. He played only one year of great football in college, 2021. He will need time to adjust to the NFL game.
The Packers have a deep and talented running back room. Jones and Dillon are two of the best running backs in the NFL. Taylor, Goodson, and Nichols are all young and promising players. The Packers’ running game should be one of their biggest offensive strengths in 2023.
Jordan is a lifelong Packer fan who grew up in Idaho and now lives in Seattle, Washington. You can follow him on twitter at @jordantwolf.