Aaron Jones is now in elite company among great Packers running backs
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones has been one of the biggest surprise stars in 2019. After a sophomore season that saw Jones gain 934 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns, the 5-foot-9 running back has elevated his game even further in his third season.
In Sunday’s 20-15 win over the Washington Redskins, Jones rushed the ball 16 times for 134 yards and a touchdown while also catching a team-high six passes for an additional 58 yards. The 192-yardd, one-touchdown performance put the Texas El-Paso product in the Packers record books after he became just the third running back in franchise history to get to 1,200 total yards and 15 touchdowns.
The other two Packers on the list, Ahman Green and Jim Taylor are considered some of the best players in the franchise’s long and successful history.
Green accomplished the goal when he gained 2,250 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2003 — a season where he was named a first-team All-Pro.
Taylor, one of the players of the 1960’s, accomplished the feat three times in his 10-year career. In 1961, the 241-pound back gained 1,482 yards and 16 touchdowns, 1,580 yards and 16 touchdowns and 1962 and 1,523 yards and 15 TDs in 1964. Taylor earned All-Pro honors each those three seasons.
Jones is at 1,204 yards from scrimmage to be specific and his 15 touchdowns is tied for second behind Tennessee Titans running back Derrick Henry and 16 from Carolina Panthers star Christian McCaffrey.
With three games left in the 2019 regular season, Jones still has time to add to his historic 2019 season. While it’s unlikely he reaches the height that Green reached in 2003, the third-year back is still having one of the best seasons for a running back in Packers history.