Last season, the Green Bay Packers were nothing more than an afterthought. They’ve come roaring back in 2019 under first-year head coach Matt LaFleur and are in a position to win the heavily contested NFC North.
A key part of Green Bay’s success has been running back Aaron Jones. The dynamic running back has been nothing short of fantastic all season long, at times acting as the Packers’ only effective offensive weapon.
Without Jones, there’s no telling where the Packers would be. Jones is averaging 4.5 yards per carry and has 779 rushing yards on the season. The yardage total may not sound impressive at first, but there’s a reason for that. Fellow running back Jamaal Williams has another 401 yards on the ground to go along with 93 carries. Those are carries that could’ve been fed to Jones but were instead handed to his backup.
The real show of Jones’ impact on the offense is his touchdown production. The UTEP product is tied for second in the NFL with 12 rushing scores. Jones’ nose for the end zone has saved the Packers in certain games.
Against the Dallas Cowboys, the offense was completely reliant on him. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers had only 238 yards passing with no touchdowns. Usually when that happens, the offense is stagnant. Instead, the Packers scored 34 points, all because of Jones. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns. Without him, Green Bay undoubtedly drops that game.
Besides rushing, Jones has been great as a receiver. He’s the third-leading receiver on the Packers and has been an integral part of the passing attack. Jones also has three receiving scores, tied for second on the team. Without him, the offense would struggle mightily. Jamaal Williams hasn’t been nearly as good in the receiving game, tallying only 227 yards through the air. Jones has been the third-down back for much of the year and has been scarily effective.
Overall, Jones has earned himself a very high grade. He has proven himself to be irreplaceable in coach LaFleur’s offense throughout the year. While he’s not even close to sniffing the team MVP award for Green Bay, he deserves more respect than he gets. Jones has played so well that it is completely reasonable to call him a top-10 running back in the NFL.
Both his rushing and receiving ability have made him a key member of the Pack, and earned him an overall grade of an A+.