RB Aaron Jones - Green Bay Packers
|5-9, 208||Born: 12-2-1994||College: Texas-El Paso||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2017|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): In case we had to be reminded, Jones is one of the best in the league at finishing drives. He has a lower floor than most RB1s because he shares with Jamaal Williams, but his weekly ceiling is up there with Christian McCaffrey.
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Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Aaron Jones's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 10 vs CAR (13 / 93 / 3 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 13 times for 93 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers win over the Panthers on Sunday. This marked the fourth time this season where Jones has scored two or more touchdowns (week 5 at Cowboys, four touchdowns, week 8 at KC, two touchdowns and week 3 against Denver, two touchdowns). The Packers offense moved the ball rather well against a Panthers defense that came into this game as one of the better pass defenses. Rodgers was able to carve up the Panthers secondary when he needed a big third down conversion, with those looks going his Davante Adams. Jones was there to finish up the Packers drives, and he is becoming one of the best red zone running backs in the NFL this season. Jones first touchdown came with the Packers facing a first and goal from the Panthers five yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and handed off to Jones, who was to his right in the backfield. Jones benefitted from Valdes-Scalding who was coming in motion across the face of the formation, which seemed to freeze the Panthers linebackers. Jones took the handoff and weaved his way through the line for an easy five yard touchdown. Jones second touchdown came with the Packers facing a second and goal from the Panthers one yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and handed off to Jones who was running full speed from his position in the back field. Jones took the handoff and it looked as though he had a moment of indecision before planting his feet and attempting to jump over the pile of bodies at the goal line. He didn't necessarily go over the pile, but he managed to break the plane and was awarded the one yard touchdown. Jones final touchdown came with the Packers facing a first and ten from the Carolina 13 yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and handed off to Jones, who was lined up to his left. Jones took the handoff and immediately broke of running to his right before cutting back to the middle of the field. The Panthers defense was too slow to react to the angle Jones took, and the closest they came to stopping him was a weak dive at his legs at the eight yard line. Jones shook that off easily and scored what would become the deciding touchdown of the game for the Packers.
2019 Week 9 vs LAC (8 / 30 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / -1 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed eight times for 30 yards and caught one pass for -1 yards in the Packers loss to the Chargers on Sunday. It wasn't that Jones was completely ineffective as much as it was the entire Packers offense. For Jones to only see nine total touches in the game, it tells a story of the offense just not having the opportunities they've had in weeks past, and that is a testament to the Chargers defense, and a knock on the Packers defense as they just could not stop the Chargers rushing attack. This was an outlier game for Jones, but it also raises an interesting question regarding Davante Adams return. Jones shined brightest with Adams on the sideline, and while the Packers desperately needed their star wideout to return, it is interesting that Adams received 11 targets, while Jones only had nine total touches. Jones needs to be the Packers primary playmaker, especially in games where they are losing the time of possession battle soundly, as he is the only player on the offense capable of scoring a touchdown on any given play. It is something to keep an eye on going forward, most importantly with respect to how Jones is used in the passing game.
2019 Week 8 vs KC (13 / 67 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 159 / 2 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 13 times for 67 yards, averaging 5.2 yards per carry in the Packers win over the Chiefs on Sunday night. It was Jones work in the passing game that was incredible though, as he caught seven passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns on eight targets. Jones was simply un-guardable as a receiver and it came from the Packers putting him in advantageous positions and trusting him to run the type of routes receivers have to practice every day to perfect. It is worth noting from the jump that Jones had a 60 yard touchdown reception that was called a touchdown on the field but was reversed on replay after it showed Jones had just stepped out of bounds at the 10 yard line. The route was a double move where Jones was motioned to the left outside position, the mismatch occurring with a Chiefs linebacker moving out to cover him on the outside. Jones then ran a double move, slant and go, where he faked a post route to the inside and then took off to the left sideline. Watching the replay, the Chiefs had absolutely no shot, as there was not another Chiefs defender on the left side of the field by the time Jones faked his defender out of his shoes on the double move. I watched the replay three times and it is still hard to see where exactly Jones stepped out of bounds, but it was also such a great tactical play that I think it deserved to be a touchdown. After that, Jones first touchdown catch came with the Packers facing a second and three from the Chiefs four yard line. Rodgers motioned Jones across the field from the right hash mark to the inside left slot position using pre-snap motion. Rodgers then took the snap and dropped the ball to Jones who was then coming back across the formation to the right. The Packers blockers got very good depth pushing forward, allowing Jones to follow them all the way into the endzone for the three yard touchdown. Jones second touchdown catch came at a pivotal point in the game with the score tied 24-24 with roughly eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. Jones was set up as the outside receiver on the right hand side and then came in motion and set up just behind his slot receiver at the same time that Rodgers took the snap. Rodgers then flipped the ball to Jones who was set up on a screen pass. The Packers offensive line and receivers executed the blocking perfectly to give the play a chance to develop, as Jones caught the ball and the Packers slot receiver set up his block pushing his defender toward the sideline and opening up the middle of the field for Jones. From there it was all Jones, as he got up to top speed quickly, followed his blockers perfectly to the middle of the field and then took a perfect angle up the field so that he could weave subtly first in and then back outside where he outran the entire Chiefs secondary for the 67 yard game winning touchdown. Jones has broken out as one of the most exciting running backs in the NFL this year, and as a playmaker, is up there with the likes of Tyreek Hill and Saquon Barkley in terms of players who can turn any play into a long touchdown The Packers have not gotten much production from their receivers in Davante Adams absence, which prompted them to put Jones in positions to excel in the passing game. He has become must-see TV every time the Packers play.
2019 Week 7 vs OAK (12 / 50 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 33 / 1 rec)
Jones returned to the forefront of the offense right away, getting the bulk of the work early, capping the first drive with a beautiful adjustment to a long pass thrown into the end zone and continuing to dominate touches and snaps on the second drive. He was an asset in the passing game and almost had a second score through the air it the first half. The running game wasn't getting huge chunks of yardage, but it didn't need to. Jones re-asserted himself as the lead back in this easy win and even contributed as a blocker downfield on Valdes-Scantling's long score.
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 NewsPackers | Three scores for Aaron Jones (Sun Nov 10, 11:49 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones rushed 13 times for 93 yards and three touchdowns in a 24-16 win over the Carolina Panthers in Week 10. link to story Packers | Aaron Jones should play (Fri Nov 8, 06:20 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 8, and is not on the injury report for Week 10. link to story Packers | Green Bay's Week 10 injury report (Fri Nov 8, 04:39 PM) - Green Bay Packers TE Robert Tonyan (hip) did not practice Friday, Nov. 8, and is listed as doubtful for Week 10 against the Carolina Panthers. S Adrian Amos was upgraded to a limited practice Friday, while CB Jaire Alexander (groin) was added to the injury report Friday following a limited practice; both players are listed as questionable. WR Davante Adams (toe) and OT Bryan Bulaga (rest) were limited in practice all week but do not appear on the injury report. TE Jimmy Graham (rest) and CB Tramon Williams (rest) were limited for a second straight day Friday but also does not appear on the injury report. TE Marcedes Lewis (rest) was upgraded to a limited practice Friday and has also been cleared to play. LB Oren Burks (chest), DL Kenny Clark (shin), RB Aaron Jones (shoulder), CB Kevin King (groin), WR Jake Kumerow (shoulder), LB Blake Martinez (hand), S Will Redmond (elbow), QB Aaron Rodgers (knee), LB Preston Smith (hand) and WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling (ankle, knee) fully participated in practice Friday and have also been removed from the injury report. link to story Packers | Aaron Jones gets another full practice (Thu Nov 7, 05:16 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday, Nov. 7. link to story Packers | Aaron Jones takes part in practice (Wed Nov 6, 06:28 PM) - Green Bay Packers RB Aaron Jones (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Nov. 6. link to story More News
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