PFF stats show just how good Packers RB Aaron Jones has been
Aaron Jones and the Green Bay Packers have been suffering through a rough season once again in 2018. They missed the playoffs last season due to Aaron Rodgers’ injury issues and this year has been a continuation of that downward spiral. It even led to the firing of head coach Mike McCarthy last week.
Coming into his second NFL season, Jones was forced to serve a two-game suspension. Following the suspension, the expectation was that Jones would take over the starting running back job.
Unfortunately, McCarthy chose to go with a three-headed running back committee. Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery both were receiving a large workload. Jones, on the other hand, seemed to be getting the least amount of touches despite being the most talented back on the roster.
Finally, Green Bay made the decision to start Jones, trade Montgomery, and use Williams as a backup.
Jones has taken the starting job by storm and has put together an impressive season. Pro Football Focus shared some statistics to show just how good he has been running in any direction.
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In the 10 games he has played this season with the Packers, Jones has carried the football 112 times for 642 yards and seven touchdowns. He has also caught 23 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown.
At 24 years old, Jones projects to be a long-term solution to the Packers’ running game. Aaron Rodgers has been vocal about his trust in Jones. The Packers need a running back that can pick up consistent yardage and Jones fits that bill.
Looking into the Packers’ future, Jones needs to be the workhorse running back. He is capable of handling that role and deserves to be given that chance.
Expect to see Jones finish out the season strong. The Packers may not make the playoffs, but they are heading in a new direction and Jones seems to be a big part of their future plans.