RB Aaron Jones - Green Bay Packers

5-9, 208Born: 12-2-1994College: Texas-El PasoDrafted: Round 5, pick 2017

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Oct 15): Jones had a nightmare game vs the Lions with one dropped touchdown and an early fumble that helped put the Packers in a hole. Jamaal Williams was basically in a 50-50 committee with Jones from there on out, if not favored, and he outplayed Jones. Jones remains an RB2/flex, but his RB1 days this year might be over.

General News (Fri Oct 18): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.

General News (Thu Oct 17): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Thu Oct 17): practiced fully on Wednesday.

Week 7: vs Oakland Raiders

All RB vs OAK

FBG says: Neutral matchup. Jamaal Williams returned from injury this past week and put on a show rushing for 104 yards on 14 carries as the Packers continue to try to run a split backfield with both Williams and Aaron Jones. This past week, the players were almost 50/50 on snap counts as Williams saw 39 snaps compared to Jones' 36, and as of now, this shared backfield continues to work. The last two weeks have been a significant improvement for this Packers offense and will need to rely upon this week as the team will likely be without two of their top wide receivers in Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison. Expect the Packers to continue to utilize the hot-hand making it difficult to project on a week-to-week basis who will be the top play of the backfield. The Raiders run defense has been a pleasant surprise so far this season in that they have allowed the 8th fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs on the year, and outside of a game against Minnesota have not allowed a running back to rush for over 56 yards on the season. The one outlier is the Minnesota game in which Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison ran all over this defense rushing for 196 yards as a team. The way to beat this defense is off tackle, as up the middle this is a run-stopping unit that is incredibly solid led by Johnathan Hankins, P.J. Hall, and Tahir Whitehead. Hankins and Hall are run-stopping specialists who are big bodies that are difficult to move. On the outside, it is a unit that is not nearly as dominant as rookie Clelin Farrell and rookie Maxx Crosby have both struggled against the run. All-in-all this is one of the better units in football and should give this Packers rushing attack some problems this week if they keep playing the way that they have been so far this year.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 vs DEN 22 10 19 2 1 1.0 4 0 0 14.3
4 vs PHI 68 13 21 1 7 6.0 37 0 0 11.8
5 at DAL 50 19 107 4 8 7.0 75 0 0 42.2
6 vs DET 36 11 47 0 7 4.0 13 0 1 5
7 vs OAK 0 12 50 0 4 4.0 33 1 0 14.3
7 vs OAK PROJ-Dodds * 12 * * 3.8 * * * *
7 vs OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 12 * * 3.8 * * * *
7 vs OAK PROJ-Bloom * 14 * * 3.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Aaron Jones's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 6 vs DET (11 / 47 / 0 rush, 7 / 4 / 13 / 0 rec)

Aaron Jones rushed 11 times for 47 yards, while also catching four passes for 13 yards on seven targets in the Packers win over the Lions on Monday night. A week after setting Packers records with four rushing touchdowns, Jones took a backseat to Jamaal Williams, who had returned after missing a week with a concussion. This has been the story of Jones' short career, as no matter what he does, he still finds himself in a timeshare with Williams. Jones is by far the more dynamic player, adding speed, agility and power to the Packers offense as a runner and a receiver. Williams does not have one elite trait, but he is consistent and doesn't make mental errors, as well as being a very good pass blocker, something that matters when you play next to Rodgers. Jones did have a fumble in this game, but it was hardly the reason why he was out-touched by Williams. Williams was simply the more effective runner and receiver in this game, and the Packers coaches chose to ride the hot hand. Seeing Jones take a backseat to Williams was crushing for fantasy owners, and it reinforces the narrative that it does not matter what Jones does on the field, the Packers coaches are not going to let him be the bell-cow back. It could be a function of trying to keep him fresh for the second half of the season, but it is going to be hard for Jones to be a fantasy starter if he sees less than 15 touches each week.

2019 Week 5 vs DAL (19 / 107 / 4 rush, 8 / 7 / 75 / 0 rec)

Aaron Jones rushed 19 times for 107 yards and four touchdowns, while also catching seven passes on eight targets for 75 yards in the Packers win over the Cowboys. Simply put, Jones did it all for the Packers, leading the team in rushes, rushing yards, touchdowns, catches, receiving yards and targets. It was Jones coming out party, and it showed what he was capable of when the coaching staff puts their trust in him to handle a large workload. Jones first touchdown run came with the Packer facing a second and ten from the Dallas 18 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of shotgun with Jones to right and handed the ball off to Jones on a designed draw play where Jones came across and rushed to the left side of the line. Jones got to the line of scrimmage and cut back to the center of the field where he rushed to the eight yard line and made one more cut to his left while stiff-arming a defender before crossing the goal line for an 18 yard touchdown. Jones next touchdown run came with the Packers facing a 2nd and goal from the Cowboys three yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of shotgun with Jones to his right on another draw play up the middle. Jones hesitated slightly as he reached the line of scrimmage which gave his blockers time to get in front of him, allowing him to keep his momentum going forward. He hit a two man wall of Cowboys defenders at the one yard line, but kept his feet moving and spun his way across the goal line for a three yard touchdown. Jones third touchdown came with the Packers facing a first and goal form the Cowboys five yard line. The play call was similar to the first two touchdown runs, with Rodgers in the shotgun and Jones lined up to his right. This time, instead of rushing up the middle on the draw play, Jones surveyed the collapsing line in front of him and bounced the run outside to the left side of the field. From there, Jones was able to out run the Cowboys defenders for an easy five yard touchdown. It was an impressive run though, as it showcased Jones ability to be patient and let the play develop to the point where he can pick the right path and use his athleticism and speed to beat the defense. Jones final touchdown run came late in the third quarter with the Packers facing a second and goal from the Dallas one yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and handed off to Jones who had a full head of steam coming from six yards behind the line of scrimmage. Jones hit the line head on but ran into a Cowboys defender at the two yard line who hit him low enough to stop his momentum. Jones was able to adjust and stretch the ball over the goal line for his fourth touchdown of the game. Jones also did a great job in the passing game, leading the Packers in catches, yards and targets while catching four passes of 10+ yards. He was used all over the place, and even took two direct snaps, with one going for a 15 yard gain.

2019 Week 4 vs PHI (13 / 21 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 37 / 0 rec)

Aaron Jones rushed 13 times for 21 yards and one touchdown and caught six passes for 37 yards on seven targets. Over the past two games, Jones has rushed 23 times for 40 yards, which has been a result of the Packers lack of rushing him in advantageous situations like second or third and short. It was kind of like watching the same play over and over again as Jones was given nine carries on first down that went for 11 total yards. The Eagles defensive line played very well and consistently stopped Jones at or behind the line of scrimmage. The silver lining in Jones production has been his touchdown output, as he's scored four times over the past three weeks. Jamaal Williams was injured on the first play of the game and Dexter Williams was inactive, so it will be interesting to see if Jones continues to see so much work in the backfield, or if Matt LaFleur will spell him. Jones did contribute six catches for 37 yards, which really saved his day from a fantasy perspective, but he was not much of a factor throughout the game. After averaging 5.5 yards per carry on 192 rushes in his first two seasons, Jones is averaging 3.3 yards per carry on 59 rushes this season. LaFleur brought a track record of having productive running backs under his tutelage, but if he keeps up with the vanilla play calling, Jones' impressive talent won't matter much against defenses who can easily scheme to stop him.

2019 Week 3 vs DEN (10 / 19 / 2 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Aaron Jones rushed 10 times for 19 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching one pass for four yards on one target. Jones was not effective in the least against the Broncos, often getting bottled up at the line of scrimmage and failing to break into the second level of the defense. Jones longest rush of the day came on the first of his two touchdown runs. After the Packers defense forced a fumble at the Broncos five yard line, Jones was given the ball on a second and goal from the seven yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and handed the ball to Jones on his right. Jones broke through the middle of the formation with some steam and managed to keep his legs moving and fall forward across the goal line for a seven yard touchdown. Jones had to work a little harder for his second touchdown though. With the Packers facing a second and goal from the Broncos one yard line, Rodgers took the snap out of the I-formation. The Broncos defensive line got some pressure on Jones as he took the handoff but was able to stiff arm the first defender and bounce the run outside. From there he beat the Broncos defenders to the edge of the right goal line and crossed for a one yard touchdown, giving the Packers a 23-10 lead.

2019 Week 2 vs MIN (23 / 116 / 1 rush, 6 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec)

Jones was a natural in the zone running game, regularly finding cutback lanes and getting yards after contact. His burst, decisiveness, and ability to make adjustments behind the line while running with urgency stood out. He was sharing with Jamaal Williams, but getting carries on many of his snaps and playing a large role in the passing game. He was very smooth bringing in the ball when it was off target and he almost had a huge gain on a wheel route were it not for a fingertip pass breakup. The game script was perfect for his workload and he was getting the drop on the Vikings consistently after they had a few stuffs early with inside penetration. Jones Week 1 was due to a flat performance by the whole offense and good Bears defense. He's hitting his stride now.

2019 Week 1 vs CHI (13 / 39 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Aaron Jones rushed 13 times for 39 yards in the Packers 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears on the opening night of the 2019 NFL season. Jones also caught his only target in the passing game, although the catch was credited as having not gained any yardage. Much like the rest of the Packers offense, Jones was unable to find a groove against a stout Bears defensive front. Five of Jones 13 carries went for no gain, while another three went for gains of two yards or less. The only upside for Jones in this game was the fact that he out-touched Jamaal Williams 14 to seven. Williams gained a total of zero yards on five carries, so it looks as though Jones will continue to see the lions share of the touches in the Packers backfield.


Latest News

Packers | Aaron Jones totals 83 scrimmage yards, TD (Sun Oct 20, 09:14 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones rushed 12 times for 50 yards in Week 7 against the Oakland Raiders and he added four grabs for 33 yards and a touchdown on four targets.

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Packers | Aaron Jones on track to play (Fri Oct 18, 04:46 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 18, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.

Our View: A good sign for Jones here. The Packers RBBC will feature Jones as the starter and Jamaal Williams as a reserve runner. Jones is a RB1 for Fantasy GMs while Williams should be considered more of a flex play with upside.
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Packers | Week 7 injury report for Green Bay (Fri Oct 18, 04:19 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams (toe) and S Darnell Savage (ankle) did not practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 7 versus the Oakland Raiders. WR Geronimo Allison (concussion, chest) and TE TE Robert Tonyan (hip) did not practice Friday, Oct. 18, and are listed as doubtful. CB Tony Brown (hamstring), DL Kenny Clark (calf/back) and WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (ankle, knee) were limited in practice Friday and are listed as questionable. TE Jimmy Graham (ankle), QB Aaron Rodgers (knee) and CB Tramon Williams (knee) were also limited Friday but no longer appear on the injury report. OT Bryan Bulaga (non-injury), LB Oren Burks (chest), RB Aaron Jones (shoulder), CB Kevin King (knee, groin), S Will Redmond (shoulder, ankle) and LB Za'Darius Smith (knee) fully participated in practice Friday and have also been removed from the injury report.

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Packers | Aaron Jones logs another full practice (Thu Oct 17, 05:41 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday, Oct. 17.

Our View: Fantasy GMs are dismayed over the back and forth we see between Jones and Jamaal Williams over the last two weeks. Jones should still be considered an RB1 against the Raiders in Week 7 while Williams is more of a RB3 or flex play.
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Packers | Aaron Jones takes part in practice (Wed Oct 16, 08:11 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16.

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