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Basic StatsAaron Jones's Basic Stats

Aaron Jones
ADP: 5.6
Bye: 6
Experience: 7
Age: 29.6
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 208
40 Time: 4.56

SPARQx (Rank): 112.00 (56%)
Burst Score (Rank): 127.30 (87%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.02 (90%)
Three Cone Drill (Rank): 6.82

Injury PredictorAaron Jones's Injury Guide

Very High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2024

87.6%

% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game

11.6%

1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2024

3.10

Durability

5.00

Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

Injury analysis powered by Draft Sharks Injury Guide, formerly SIP Logo

Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Nov 12, 2017 NFL Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Jones sprained his right MCL in the 1st quarter of the Week 10 win over the Bears. He missed the next 2 games.
Dec 23, 2017 NFL Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Jones sprained his left MCL in Week 16 and missed the season's final game.
Jul 28, 2018 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Jones missed about 2 weeks of training camp with a hamstring injury.
Dec 16, 2018 NFL Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Jones missed the final 2 games of the season with a sprained right MCL.
Oct 22, 2020 NFL Leg Calf Strain Jones suffered a mild calf strain during the Packers' practice ahead of Week 7 game. He missed two games
Jan 24, 2021 NFL Chest Rib Sprain/Pull Unspecified Jones was forced out of the NFC Championship Game against the Buccaneers due to a chest injury.
Aug 9, 2021 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Jones missed training camp practice with a hamstring injury.
Nov 14, 2021 NFL Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Jones sustained an MCL sprain of his right knee during Week 10's win over the Seahawks. He missed one game
Jan 5, 2022 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Jones missed Week 18's game against the Lions due to a knee injury.
Nov 6, 2022 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 X-rays were negative on Jones' ankle. He was seen in a walking boot.
Sep 10, 2023 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Jones sustained a hamstring injury in Week 1 vs. the Bears.
Nov 19, 2023 NFL Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Jones sprained his left MCL vs. the Chargers in Week 8. He missed three games.

Basic StatsAaron Jones's Preseason Player Analysis

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Bottom Line

Jones dealt with multiple injuries last year but remained highly effective when healthy. He enters a situation that hasn’t been as RB-friendly, but he also might be the best RB they’ve had in at least a few years – especially in the passing game. Jones carries upside from a mid-RB2 ADP. Any higher, and the risk level climbs.

What We Learned Last Year

  • Jones could still do it in his age-29 season. (To be fair, he didn’t turn 29 until Dec. 2.)
  • He posted a career-high rushing success rate, according to Pro Football Reference. Jones’ 62% ranked second among all qualifying rushers, trailing only Bills QB Josh Allen.
    • His situation likely played a significant role, given that teammate AJ Dillon ranked 16th (out of 49 qualifiers).
    • But Jones has traditionally been good in that category. His rank by year …
      • 2017: not enough carries to qualify
      • 2018: fifth
      • 2019: seventh
      • 2020: 30th
      • 2021: 13th
  • Jones added his most yards per catch (7.8) since 2019 but averaged his fewest receptions per game since 2018 (2.7).
  • Injury disruptions didn’t help.
    • Jones injured a hamstring in Week 1 and missed the next two games.
    • He returned for Week 4 but left that game early and missed the next one.
    • He continued to see limited playing time in his Week 7 return and played to limited effectiveness over the next four games.
    • Then came three more missed contests … but a HUGE finish.
  • Jones rushed at least 18 times and topped 100 rushing yards in each of Green Bay’s final five games, including the two playoff contests.
    • Over that span, he averaged 20.4 carries and 116.8 yards per game, as well as 5.7 yards per carry.
  • He and the Packers reportedly tried to work out a contract adjustment to keep him around, but the two sides couldn’t agree. So Green Bay released him.

What to Expect in 2024

  • A day after his release came news that Jones agreed to a one-year contract with the Packers, for $7 million guaranteed.
  • Here’s what HC Kevin O’Connell said about Jones in mid-April: “[We’re] pretty darn excited to have Aaron [as] part of our team. We’ve felt, from the opposite sideline, his impact on games. I just know what he’s been a part of as an offensive weapon in the run game and also the pass game is something that has always drawn me to him.”
  • We’ll see whether these Vikings throw to the RBs more, with Jones in town and TE T.J. Hockenson iffy for the start of the season (ACL + MCL tear).
    • Vikings RBs have collectively ranked 24th and 23rd in receptions in O’Connell’s two seasons.
  • Jones comes from a more favorable RB receiving environment. Here’s how the Packers ranked in RB receptions by year since HC Matt LaFleur arrived:
    • 2019: sixth
    • 2020: ninth
    • 2021: 15th
    • 2022: 11th
    • 2023: 25th
  • The worst year, of course, came when Jones missed the most time.
  • Same deal for Green Bay’s RB PPR scoring:
    • 2019: sixth
    • 2020: seventh
    • 2021: 10th
    • 2022: eighth
    • 2023: 27th
  • The rankings in both categories sat much lower for the Packers in the two years before LaFleur arrived, indicating that both he and Jones impacted the production.
  • Minnesota might be ready to better support its RBs this year. The O-line ranked fourth in PFF run-blocking grade two years ago. Last season saw myriad injuries produce eight different starting O-line combinations.
  • The money and O’Connell’s words say Jones will lead the 2024 backfield. But the coach has continued to speak positively about RB Ty Chandler. Expect him to remain plenty involved, which isn’t a bad thing for Jones.
    • He has averaged 12.1 carries per game for his career, reaching 13.0 for a season twice in seven years.
    • And the pass game is where Jones stands most ahead of Chandler. He should easily lead work there.
  • The Vikings have been pass-friendly under O’Connell. The team has ranked seventh in the league in neutral-situation pass rate over his two seasons. Even after QB Kirk Cousins went down last year, they still ranked 11th.

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A.J. Dillon, RB GB

8:06pm EST 1/18/24

A.J. Dillon questionable for Divisional Round with thumb and neck injuries

Packers RB A.J. Dillon (thumb, neck) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's Divisional Round game vs. the 49ers. He only got in a limited practice on Thursday. We'll look for further updates on Dillon's status for this one. RB Aaron Jones should remain Green Bay's workhorse in San Francisco, but an active Dillon would be a threat to steal goal-line carries.

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Packers RB A.J. Dillon (thumb, neck) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's Wild Card game vs. the Cowboys. His absence will again leave RB Aaron Jones in a workhorse role. Jones has racked up 63 carries and nine targets over the last three games -- although those were all Green Bay wins. The Packers are currently 7-point underdogs in Dallas.

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Packers RB A.J. Dillon (thumb, neck) did not practice on Wednesday. He missed the regular-season finale and is iffy for Sunday's Wild Card game vs. the Cowboys. We'll track Dillon's status over the next few days.

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Packers RB A.J. Dillon (thumb, neck) is out for Sunday’s regular-season finale vs. the Bears. That should leave RB Aaron Jones in a workhorse role in this must-win game.

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Packers RB A.J. Dillon (thumb) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Panthers. HC Matt LaFleur sounded optimistic on Friday about Dillon’s chances of returning for this one. He’d be a desperation fantasy play but would ding RB Aaron Jones’ outlook.

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