Matt Schneidman of The Athletic expects the snap shares of Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon to stay “in the same vicinity” this season. Jones saw ~52% of the snaps in 2021; Dillon handled ~43%. Jones’ ability in the passing game gives him the leg up, but Dillon has made it a point of emphasis this offseason. “Coming in, I was always the big back who’s only good for third-and-short, so I really want to be and I think of myself as an APB, an all-purpose back, no matter what the situation,” Dillon said. “And I feel like last year was a good start, a good foothold if you will, but there’s still a couple opportunities I wish I had caught the ball and been in better placement or ran a route better. So I’m happy with the improvement, but obviously still working on it.” In FFPC drafting, Jones is currently coming off the board around RB10, with Dillion averaging out as the RB26.
RB AJ Dillon led the Packers in carries at Detroit on Sunday, with Aaron Jones leaving early for an ankle injury. Dillon ran for just 34 yards on his 11 attempts, though, adding 10 yards on 2 catches among 4 targets. Jones left after rushing 9 times for 25 yards and 2-20 receiving. Kylin Hill claimed the only other RB rush in the game. We'll see about Jones' status for next Sunday's matchup with Dallas.
Packers RB AJ Dillon led RB Aaron Jones in both carries and targets in Sunday's loss to the Jets. He took his 10 carries for 41 yards and caught 4 of 6 targets for 11. Jones went 9-19 rushing and caught 3 of 4 targets for 25 yards. Jones still led the duo in playing time but spent just 5 more snaps on the field than Dillon. That marked a rebound for Dillon from the split of the Week 5 loss to the Giants. For the year, Dillon and Jones have seen snaps and opportunities split pretty evenly.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has noticed improvement in RB AJ Dillon’s receiving ability. "I feel like of all the people we've had the last three years, he's got to be on a very short list of guys who have improved so drastically, and his pass-catching ability is really, really solid," Rodgers said. "He's made difficult catches look easy over the last couple years and this training camp, and I couldn't be more proud of (number) 28 and his approach, the way that he's handled not just being a player in this locker room, an ascending player, but a member of this community.” HC Matt LaFleur had similar complimentary things to say, including an endorsement of Dillon's pass protection. Wes Hodkiewicz of Packers.com writes that the Packers have “big plans” for Dillon and Aaron Jones, noting their potential to play both RBs at once. We’ll see on that, but it’s clear Dillon, only 24, is an ascending 3rd-year player.
Packers RB A.J. Dillon fractured a rib in Saturday night's Divisional Round game vs. the 49ers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Dillon has the offseason to heal up after Green Bay lost that one on a last-second FG. He and RB Aaron Jones will be back with the Packers in 2022, making it a tricky situation to handicap for fantasy purposes.
Packers RB A.J. Dillon has been placed on the COVID list. He's out for at least Thursday night's game against the 49ers. The bigger question is who Dillon was in close contact with recently. Those players may not be able to play on Thursday. We'll keep a close eye on the situation.
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