RB Aaron Jones - Green Bay Packers
|5-9, 208||Born: 12-2-1994||College: Texas-El Paso||Drafted: Round 5, pick 182 (2017)|
2018 Week 3 vs WAS (6 / 42 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed six times for 42 yards, with one catch for five yards. There is an old football saying that says, "when you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks". The same can be said for the Packers backfield, as the three-headed monster of Williams, Jones and Montgomery all receive just enough touches to be semi-effective, yet not enough to ever get in the flow of the game and make a difference. This was the first week that Jones was back with the team following his two game suspension, and Mike McCarthy said that Jones needed to earn his spot. Anyone who follows this team and has watched Williams and Montgomery run the first two games, knew that was coach speak for "I cannot publicly say he is the starter after a suspension, but I know he will go out and outplay Williams the first chance he gets". And that is exactly what happened, as Jones averaged eight yards per carry on six rushes, after Williams had averaged 3.4 yards per carry to start the season. Jones is the more dynamic runner, as evidenced by his 18 yard rush up the middle early in the 3rd quarter. With Rodgers lined up in shotgun, Jones took the handoff and quickly found a crease before breaking through the defensive line, getting to the second level of the Redskins secondary and running over an opposing safety. Compared to the plodding style of Williams, Jones just looks...fast, and he will play a big role in the Packers backfield moving forward, as I expect him to dominate the touches. Jones is not the receiver that Williams is though, but Williams is not the receiver that Montgomery is, so it now looks as though Williams will be the odd man out. Jones will see the most rushing attempts and Montgomery will spell him on third downs and in gadget formations.
2018 Week 4 vs BUF (11 / 65 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 11 times for 65 yards and a touchdown, while also catching one pass for 17 yards in the Packers win on Sunday. For anyone who watches the Packers closely, it was a forgone conclusion that Jones would quickly grab the lead job in the Packers backfield, because Williams and Montgomery just do not possess the dynamic running ability that Jones does. In this game, it did not take Jones long to show his game-breaking ability. Running off the left tackle, Jones took the handoff in the backfield and quickly hit the hole on the left side of the formation. Jones then made two very subtle shifts outside while running past every phase of the Buffalo defense before finally getting run out of bounds for what went down as a 30 yard gain. Jones has nice top end speed, but what always impresses me is how fast he gets through the line of scrimmage, which looks that much faster when you are comparing him to Montgomery or Williams. The biggest knock on Jones has been his lack of polish in the passing game, but he has definitely improved in that department, and in this game, he set up his own score with a very nice 17 gain that came off a screen pass from Rodgers. Jones set up the screen well by taking just enough time in the backfield before fading through the line. He caught the ball a little behind him and squared up his body before quickly taking the ball up field. What looked like a ten yard gain, was extended to a 17 yard gain when Jones refused to be brought down by using his hands to balance himself and keeping his knee off the ground. Two plays later, Jones took the handoff out of the shotgun formation and bounced the run outside of his tacklers, before turning it back again inside and bowling over a Buffalo defender for a three yard touchdown, and his first score of the season.
2018 Week 5 vs DET (7 / 40 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
The Packers and Mike McCarthy have stayed true to their earlier statements about having a backfield by committee, even when it is apparent that doing so is hurting the flow of the running game. With the Packers on their own 39 yard line, Rodgers handed off to Jones four straight times, with those plays going for eight yards, 18 yards, five yards and six yards. Then Rodgers threw three incompletions and Crosby missed a 42 yard field goal. That type of play-calling has not been uncommon this year, and even when Jones appears to be just the type of running back the Packers need to balance their offense, McCarthy goes to either Williams or Montgomery. Jones is by far the most talented, but apparently, he is not as adept at pass-blocking as Williams, who is not as good a pass-catcher as Montgomery. With the Packers trailing for most of the game, McCarthy abandoned the running game and Jones saw only one catch in the second half.
2018 Week 6 vs SF (8 / 41 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed eight times for 41 yards and was targeted once in the passing game but was not able to secure the easy catch. Jones got the start for the Packers, and his first rush went for 17 yards and was initially ruled a touchdown, before the replay showed that he was downed at the one yard line. When Jones gets opportunities in the run game, he makes the most of them, but he is not getting enough looks to be counted on as a fantasy asset, at least not with the Williams and Montgomery healthy. Further hurting his stock is the fact that he dropped his only target on what should have been an easy catch out in the flat. Jones turned to run before he secured the catch, and it is clear that he is not comfortable as a pass catcher yet. Mike McCarthy has eluded to him not being the best pass protector, and that is an important part of being a Packers running back when Rodgers is your quarterback.
2018 Week 8 vs LAR (12 / 86 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones was the first running back on the field and immediately ripped off three good runs with a strong burst, valid vision and a rugged approach to oncoming tacklers. He had another long gain on a later first half drive, but was bottled up for a while after that, including an ill-fated run from his own end zone into a safety. He atoned (the safety wasn't really his fault though) with a 30+ yard touchdown run on a draw delay out of a spread set when the Packers were down 10 in the second half. He got two targets for little to no gain in the passing game. The Packers still rotated their backs, but Jones got 60+ percent of the snaps and should get even more with Ty Montgomery traded.
2018 Week 9 vs NE (14 / 76 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones 14 times for 76 yards, while also catching two passes on four targets for 10 yards in the Packers loss to the Patriots on Sunday. It continues to be the same story for Jones. He is by far the most talented running back on the Packers roster, and has a much clearer path to fantasy relevance now that Ty Montgomery was traded to the Ravens. With that said, he shot himself in the foot once again in this game, this time on a key fumble late in the third quarter. The game was tied and the Packers were on the Patriots 34 yard line. Rodgers had just completed back to back passes to Valdes-Scantling for 50 yards and the momentum had clearly swung in the Packers favor. Jones lined up next to Rodgers in the shotgun and took the handoff on a sweep to the left side of the formation. He broke through the line to the second level of the Patriots defense and took a hit from his right side by a Patriots defender. It was not a crushing hit, but the defenders helmet managed to contact the ball and jar it free. It was the type of play that could seriously stunt Jones growth in the offense because Mike McCarthy has no patience for turnovers from his running backs. With that exception, Jones ran the ball well, averaging over five yards per carry with five carries of seven or more yards.
2018 Week 10 vs MIA (15 / 145 / 2 rush, 5 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 15 times for 145 yards and two touchdown, while also catching three passes on four targets for 27 yards in the Packers win against the Dolphins on Sunday. Coming into the game, Jones was leading the league, averaging 6.0 yards per carry, and he showed why against the Dolphins averaging 6.7 yards per carry on the way to the biggest game of his career. Jones did not start the game on a great note, dropping an easy pass from Rodgers on the Packers first play. He redeemed himself quickly though, gaining 12, 15 and eight yards on his first three carries, and then catching a 19 yard pass on the Packers first possession to set up the Adams touchdown. Jones next carry went for 67 yards as he broke through the middle of the Miami defense and then outran nearly every defender down to the four yard line. He then gained two yards before scoring his first touchdown of the day on a two yard plunge from the shotgun formation. The Dolphins play a base defense with four men up front and their two defensive ends lined up outside the offensive line. Opposing teams have been killing them with runs up the middle and that is exactly what Jones did on the afternoon. Jones second touchdown run came after he set up the Packers with a 12 yard run down to the Miami 10 yard line. Rodgers was lined up under center with Jones a good eight yards behind him. He took the snap and handed off to Jones moving to his left side, but Jones took the handoff and immediately cut to the right of the formation. Jones then cut back to the middle of the field and bowled over a defender before crossing the goal line for a 10 yard touchdown. This was a coming out party for Jones, who had received praise from Rodgers recently, with his quarterback telling the press that Jones needed more carries. It is safe to say that Mike McCarthy can no longer deny the young running back his due, and Jones should see a lot more touches moving forward.
2018 Week 11 vs SEA (11 / 40 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 63 / 1 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 11 times for 40 yards and a touchdown, while also catching five of six targets for 63 yards and a touchdown. Jones continued his run of stellar play, keeping the Packers in this game through a combination of rushing and plays in the passing game. The plays in the passing game were the most encouraging part, as Jones had struggled early in the season in pass protection as well as securing the football on what should have been easy receptions. Jones rushing touchdown came with the Packers driving on the Seahawks eight yard line. Jones lined up to Rodgers right in the shotgun formation. Rodgers took the snap and immediately pitched the ball to Jones backwards as he started running to the right side of the formation. Jones got good blocking up front and used his speed to beat every Seahawks defender to the outside, scoring an untouched eight yard touchdown. Jones touchdown through the air was a bit more impressive, as he again lined up next to Rodgers in the shotgun, and after Rodgers took the snap, Jones took off on a go-route up the middle of the field. He blew by the linebacker attempting to man him up in coverage, and despite it being a rather easy throw for Rodgers, Jones was still forced to turn around for the ball and make the type of touchdown catch that had eluded him earlier in the season. The play went for a 24 yard touchdown and helped pad Jones stats on a night where he wasn't able to get much going on the ground.
2018 Week 12 vs MIN (17 / 72 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 17 times for 72 yards and a touchdown, while also catching three passes for 21 yards on five targets against the Vikings. Jones continued his strong play on the ground, and although he averaged only 4.2 yards per carry, he was still a big part of the Packers moving the football, especially in the first half. Jones was also very active in the passing game, tying for the second most targets on the night with five. Jones has made big strides in the passing game this season, and it is clear that the Packers want him to be on the field more in those situations because they have stopped giving back up Jamaal Williams those touches. Jones touchdown run came with the Packers driving on the Vikings six yard line. Jones was lined up in the backfield and Rodgers took the snap with his receiver coming in motion, pivoted towards the oncoming motion, before pitching it backhand to Jones, who was diving to the left side of the formation. Jones took the pitch and used his speed to get to the left sideline, beating all the Vikings defenders before jogging into the endzone untouched.
2018 Week 13 vs ARI (11 / 36 / 1 rush, 4 / 4 / 16 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 11 times for 36 yards and a touchdown, while also catching four passes on four targets for 16 yards. In Mike McCarthy's last act of defiance against Jones, he managed to split carries between Jones and Jamaal Williams, 17 for Jones to 11 for Williams. Anyone who has watched the Packers this year knows that Jones has been the real engine of this offense, and talent wise, Williams just not does compare to Jones. In a 20-17 game where Rodgers threw the ball 50 times, it is pretty easy to see where the Packers went wrong with their game plan. Jones only averaged 3.3 yards per carry on 11 rushes, but given the game-flow, he should have had 20+ carries. Jones averaged 4.5 yards per carry on first downs, but only saw four opportunities. For some strange reason, with the Packers struggling to move the football, McCarthy started giving first down carries to Williams, who predictably did absolutely nothing, averaging only 1.9 yards per carry on the day. As much as Jones had a disappointing outing, it is hard to blame him because McCarthy did a poor job of giving him advantageous opportunities on early downs. Jones did salvage his day with a fourth quarter touchdown that came on a first and goal from the Cardinals eight yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and handed off to Jones who got a nice seal and ran inside the left tackle. With a head of steam, Jones encountered two Arizona defenders at the four yard line and literally ran right over one of them, flattening him on his back while keeping his legs moving hard and pushing the second defender back towards the end zone. Another Arizona defender came over to help but Jones just kept pushing them back until he crossed the end zone. It was a great display of power running for Jones, who has proven this year that he has much more than speed and quickness in his arsenal.
2018 Week 14 vs ATL (17 / 78 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 17 times for 78 yards and one touchdown, while also catching all three of his targets for 28 yards. The Packers opened up the game by attacking a weak Atlanta secondary, and they were quite successful, jumping out to a 20-7 lead by halftime. Jones was sparsely used in the first half, finishing with only seven yards rushing. However that changed in the third quarter, as Jones racked up 23 yards on the Packers first drive, and then came back on the next drive and sliced up the Falcons defense for 55 yards and a touchdown. Jones touchdown run came on second and three with the Packers driving at the Falcons 29 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and handed off to Jones, who ran inside the right tackle and then cut smoothly to the middle of the line and up the field. The Packers offensive line did a great job of opening up a big hole in the center of the line, and Jones used his explosiveness to quickly get to the second level of the Falcons defense. Jones bolted through the line and then smoothly cut back to the right side of the field where a Falcons defender made an attempt to tackle him at the 10 yard line. Jones shook off the defender with a stiff arm and avoided a leg tackle with a back foot high step before running through untouched into the end zone. Going back and looking at this run on tape, the play happens so quickly because Jones is getting to the second level of the defense in a flash, and his ability to change direction is smooth that it makes it really difficult for defenders to get the right angle to tackle him. Jones has the skillset to be a top running back, and the fact that he added value as a pass catcher this year will only raises his stock even further going into next season.
2018 Week 15 vs CHI (4 / 8 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed four times for eight yards in the Packers loss to the Bears on Sunday. Jones was injured on the Packers second possession and never returned to the game. Jones injury is believed to be a sprained MCL, but that has not been confirmed. He had the same injury last year against the Bears and it cost him a couple games but considering there is only two weeks left in the year, it makes little sense for the Packers to rush Jones back when they are out of the playoff hunt. It has been a breakout year for Jones, and he will most certainly head the Packers backfield next year and look to build on his impressive 2018 season.
2017 Week 4 vs CHI (13 / 49 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Both starter Ty Montgomery and backup Jamaal Williams left the game, which put Jones in the driver's seat and he looked pretty good considering the mess that passes for the Green Bay offensive line. Jones did a really nice job getting skinny and finding the hole at the line of scrimmage on his 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He showed some burst and toughness while running, but it was tough to get a really good indication of his ability coming in cold and with a battered offensive line. What he showed was a good start though, and while he doesn't look like a guy who will create a ton of yards when the line is disjointed, Jones does look like a sturdy runner who will get what he can and not cough the ball up.
2017 Week 5 vs DAL (19 / 125 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Jones has stepped in for an injured Ty Montgomery and a banged up Jamaal Williams, and he was really effective, with a 6.6 yards per carry average on 19 carries. He looked quick and elusive throughout the day, especially during his 7-yard touchdown run with less than a minute left in the first half. On that run, he did a good job rapidly getting to the line of scrimmage, then finding the crease to get past the defenders there and out into the open. Jones didn't see a ton of time in the passing game, but he was on the field on passing downs and did set up his own touchdown with his sole reception. Overall it was a nice start for the rookie and as of now it seems clear he is the backup to Montgomery..
2017 Week 6 vs MIN (13 / 41 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
As expected, Jones split carries with a returned Ty Montgomery, but also led in carries 13-10. He also saw one more target out of the backfield, though he only gained one yard on the play. With Aaron Rodgers injured, the Vikings were able to focus on the run game and that made things very hard for Jones. The rookie also looked like he had a little less burst and seemed a bit more unsure of himself against Minnesota.
2017 Week 7 vs NO (17 / 131 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 7 / 0 rec)
If it wasn't for Aaron Jones, Packers fans might have been leaving much earlier for a beer and some brats in the parking lot. As it stands there's no way Jones isn't the lead back here. Whether Ty Montgomery just isn't as good as the rookie or is still hurt, you can't keep Jones off the field. His biggest play was a 45-yard touchdown run early in the first quarter. On the play, Jones took the handoff deep in the backfield. The offensive line's interior did a great job opening a running lane by pulling left guard Justin McCray to the right side to blow a hole in the defensive line for Jones. Saints safeties Kenny Vaccaro and Marcus Williams were too close to the line and couldn't react quickly enough to stop Jones who continued up the middle for a touchdown. Overall, while Jones doesn't look like a guy with massive game breaking speed, if you open up running lanes for him and give him some space, he shows the vision to avoid tackles and enough speed to get the job done, which he did repeatedly on Sunday.
2017 Week 9 vs DET (5 / 12 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)
Jones got the start but got fewer touches, fewer snaps and looked worse than Ty Montgomery. Jones had a hard time finding any room to run as the Lions could just focus on stopping the run and the rookie seemed to have a hard time adjusting to the extra pressure. As the team had to throw more, the Packers went with other options in pass protection as well, keeping Jones off the field.
2017 Week 10 vs CHI (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones left the game on a cart during the first quarter, and reports have him missing 3-6 weeks with a MCL injury.
2017 Week 13 vs TB (1 / 20 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
When you get minimal carries, you have to make them count and that's what Aaron Jones did on his one carry in overtime on Sunday. It was Jones' one and only carry, but it went for a 20 yard touchdown to win the game. On the play, Jones took the ball and heading to either the '2' hole between the center and right guard or the '4' hole between the guard and tackle but found nothing but a mass of defenders waiting. Jones cut back across the line to his left, dodging a tackler as he hit the edge and turning upfield. He then beat the pursuit with strong acceleration on the way to the end zone.
2017 Week 14 vs CLE (4 / -2 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones saw almost no work, and as he is reportedly healthy, that is a pretty good sign his is just a backup. Add in some poor runs, which gave him a negative total yardage for the day, and it looks like Jones' moment has past.
2017 Week 15 vs CAR (3 / 47 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Given how well Jones has been running with just a few carries, it's a wonder he is getting so few in the first place. He took his first touch, which came in the second quarter, for 23 yards and then took another one for 20 yards two plays later. Both runs showed good speed and vision and exploded out of the holes he got on those plays.
2017 Week 16 vs MIN (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jones' previous knee issues cropped back up in the first half against the Vikings. He left the game and didn't come back.