The Packers had a head-scratching draft, trading up for QB Jordan Love in the 1st round and taking power-back A.J. Dillon in the 2nd. They didn't draft a single WR, despite being 1 of the neediest teams in the league at the position. GM Brian Gutekunst said it's all part of the plan to be a run-leaning offense. “I think [HC Matt LaFleur has] talked to you guys repeatedly about how much he’d like to run the ball and have the pass work off of that,” Gutekunst told reporters on Saturday. Green Bay ranked 18th in run rate last season -- and it sounds like we should project them to run it more in 2020. It's all bad news for Aaron Rodgers, who might not sit in QB1 territory when release our initial projections next month.
The Packers added Boston College RB A.J. Dillon in the 2nd round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Dillon served as his team’s workhorse in all 3 seasons on campus, registering rushing lines of 300-1,589-14, 227-1,108-10 and 318-1,685-14. His 4,382 career rushing yards and 38 career rushing scores are both school records. Dillon crushed the Combine, running a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at 6’0 and 247 pounds to earn a 97th percentile Speed Score. He also posted 96th and 97th percentile marks in the vertical and broad jumps, finishing with a 97th percentile SPARQ score. Dillon doesn’t look like an uber-athlete on tape, though. He needs a runway to hit top speed and has very little wiggle. He’s also a near-zero in the passing game, totaling just 21 receptions over the past 3 seasons. Dillon joins Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams in Green Bay’s backfield. HC Matt LaFleur has been hesitant to make Jones a feature back — and this pick likely means that will continue. Longer term, it's worth noting that both Jones and Williams are set to become free agents next offseason.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder) put in a full practice on Wednesday. It's confirmation that he's on track to play against the Seahawks on Sunday. Williams will work as Green Bay's #2 RB, but his return definitely puts a dent in RB Aaron Jones' touch projection.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder) returned to practice on Thursday. That would seem to put him on track to play in next weekend's Divisional Round game. In their last 5 healthy games together, Williams has tallied 49 carries and 15 targets to Aaron Jones' 66 carries and 14 targets.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lions. That's a big boost for RB Aaron Jones. In the 1 game Williams missed earlier this season, Jones played 67% of the offensive snaps and compiled 182 yards and 4 TDs on 27 opportunities (carries + targets). He's a high-end RB1 for this weekend's plus matchup.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams (shoulder) missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He's looking unlikely to play against the Lions this weekend, leaving RB Aaron Jones in a workhorse role. When Williams missed Week 5's game against the Cowboys, Jones popped off for 107 yards and 4 TDs (!!!) on the ground, plus 7 catches on 8 targets for 75 yards.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams was knocked out of Monday night's game in Minnesota with a shoulder injury. We'll see if he's able to play in this weekend's finale against the Lions. If not, RB Aaron Jones will be locked into a workhorse role.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams (concussion) put in a full week of practice and isn't listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He'll return for Monday night's game against the Lions. Williams had basically worked himself into an even timeshare with Aaron Jones before the concussion. Then Jones busted out for 182 yards and 4 TDs with Williams out last week. We're guessing that earns Jones lead duties on Monday night -- but Williams' return still puts a dent in his Week 6 outlook.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams (concussion) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. That puts him on track to return for Monday night's game against the Lions. Williams had basically worked himself into an even timeshare with Aaron Jones before the concussion. We're guessing Jones operates as the lead back on Monday night after his huge Week 5 -- but Williams' return certainly adds risk to Jones' outlook.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game against the Cowboys. Rookie Dexter Williams figures to step into the #2 RB role — but Aaron Jones should get feature-back usage in Dallas. He registered an 84% snap rate, 13 carries and 7 targets last week.
Packers RB Jamaal Williams was carted off the field in the 1st quarter of Thursday night's game against the Eagles after taking a helmet to helmet hit. The good news is that Williams was moving, but he's obviously done for the night. We'll update his status when we learn more. Aaron Jones will serve as Green Bay's feature back the rest of the way.
Packers RB Aaron Jones returned to the field Saturday, according to beat writer Jason Wilde. Jones missed about a week with hamstring trouble, but the fact that he's back at this still early stage in the preseason leaves us unworried. We'll see if Jones can avoid recurrences of an issue that also cost him time last summer. He jumped right back in with the 1st team upon his return.
Packers RB Aaron Jones has been sidelined for almost a week now with what was originally described as hamstring "tightness." We haven't heard anything on the issue since. Jones missed a couple weeks of camp with a hammy issue last summer and has suffered 3 MCL injuries — 2 to the right knee, 1 to the left — over the past 2 seasons. Durability is a fair concern. We'll see when Jones is able to get back on the field.
Packers RB Aaron Jones focused on improving his pass-catching skills this offseason, working out with high school QBs in his hometown of El Paso, Texas and putting in extra time on the JUGS machine. “I’ve done a lot of work,” Jones said. “I’m confident in my hands. I’m going to continue to work them and be ready for when my number’s called." As good as Jones has been as a runner over the past 2 seasons, he's posted a mediocre 66% catch rate and 6.5 yards per catch. He averaged 9.1 yards per catch at UTEP, though, and expects to be more involved in the passing game in new HC Matt LaFleur's offense.
Packers insider Ryan Wood confirms that Aaron Jones was the team's clear #1 RB this spring. "That's how it's gonna be this fall," Wood adds. This shouldn't come as a surprise after Jones operated as Green Bay's clear lead back over the 2nd half of the season and finished his sophomore campaign with a big 5.5 yards per carry. But it's nice confirmation with a new coaching staff in town. "If he stays healthy, he's gonna have a big year," Wood says of Jones. We agree.
The Packers have hired Matt LaFleur as their new HC. The 39-year-old was a hot name as an OC candidate around this time last year after working under Sean McVay in Los Angeles in 2017. LaFleur's 1 season in Tennessee was underwhelming on paper, with the Titans finishing 25th in total yards and 27th in points. But he was dealt a bad hand at QB between an injured Marcus Mariota and Blaine Gabbert. That likely also played a part in Tennessee being the 2nd run-heaviest offense in the league and 10th slowest in situation-neutral pace. Hopefully LaFleur brings a more aggressive, up-tempo attack to Green Bay. Consider the hire a risk/reward proposition for Aaron Rodgers and Co.
The Packers placed RB Aaron Jones (knee) on IR. That leaves Jamaal Williams as the feature back for the final 2 weeks of the season. In the last 5 games Jones has missed, Williams has averaged 18.4 carries, 62.2 rushing yards, 2.8 catches, 30 receiving yards and .4 total TDs. He's a solid RB2 against the Jets in Week 16.
The Packers believe RB Aaron Jones sprained his right MCL in the loss to the Bears, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The injury is "not considered serious," Rapoport adds. Jones suffered the same injury to the same knee last year and missed 2 games. It's possible we don't see him again this season -- especially with the Packers eliminated from playoff contention. That'd leave Jamaal Williams as the lead back.
Packers RB Aaron Jones injured his right knee in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Bears and is questionable to return. Jamaal Williams will serve as Green Bay's lead back for as long as Jones is out.
The Packers have fired HC Mike McCarthy. It ends a 13-year stint in Green Bay. The team has underachieved recently, though -- especially considering they're quarterbacked by Aaron Rodgers. Today's home loss to the Cardinals was the nail in the coffin. Joe Philbin will take over the interim HC. The move is unlikely to have a significant fantasy impact.
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