RB Aaron Jones - Green Bay Packers
|5-9, 208||Born: 12-2-1994||College: Texas-El Paso||Drafted: Round 5, pick 182 (2017)|
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 12 vs SF (13 / 38 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 13 times for 38 yards and did not catch a pass on his only target in the Packers loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Jones struggled to get anything going against a 49ers run defense that has had their share of problems this season, but it is hard to blame Jones when the entire offense was held in check. Jones was out-touched by Williams (18-13), which is not surprising when you consider the game script. With the Packers getting down early, Jones was phased out of the offense and Williams came in and caught seven passes. Jones has shown an ability to contribute in the passing game and is the more explosive player of the two, but with Rodgers getting beaten up and sacked five times, the Packers went with Williams, who is a better pass blocker. The Packers get a porous Giants defense in week 12, so look for Jones to get back on track next week.
2019 Week 13 vs NYG (11 / 18 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 13 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 11 times for 18 yards and caught four passes on six targets for 13 yards in the Packers win over the Giants on Sunday. The weather set up for a big game for Jones, but the Packers offense was led by Rodgers, who threw for four touchdowns. That didn't leave much for the Packers backfield. Even though he didn't see a full compliment of touches, Jones could have had a solid fantasy outing, but was stopped twice on goal line carries and had a touchdown called back due to a penalty. Luckily for Jones, he gets a Redskins defense next week that is about as good of a matchup as he could ask for. The Packers did sign Tyler Ervin off waivers this week, which could point to Jones' ankle not being as healthy as we think. Stay tuned for news this week on his health, but barring any setback he is an auto-play for teams heading in to the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
2019 Week 14 vs WAS (16 / 134 / 1 rush, 7 / 6 / 58 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 16 times for 134 yards and one touchdown, while also catching six passes for 58 yards and a touchdown on seven targets. For all intents and purposes, Jones was the Packers offense in this game, leading the team in rushes, rushing yards, rushing touchdowns, receptions, receiving yards and targets. While the Redskins secondary and defensive front did a good job limiting Rodgers in the passing game, they were equally bad at slowing down Jones running the football. Jones kicked the game off with a touchdown, which came with the Packers facing a third and one from the Washington four yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun with Jones lined up to his right. Jones received the handoff and then broke through the middle of the formation where he was hit low by a Washington defender at the two yard line. Jones managed to keep his momentum moving forward, barreling over the Redskins defender before crossing the goal line for the four yard touchdown. Jones had several long runs in this game, but none bigger than the 42 yard rush he had which started at his own 12 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and then handed off to Jones who was running up the middle of the formation. Jones broke through line and then accelerated into the Washington secondary, bouncing the run towards the left sideline. He was just met and tackled at the sideline by a Redskins defender, saving what would have been an 88 yard touchdown run by Jones.
2019 Week 15 vs CHI (13 / 51 / 2 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 13 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers win over the Bears on Sunday. Jones did not have a target in the passing game, which is starting to feel like a trend as he hasn't had a catch in three of his last five games which coincides with the return of Davante Adams from injury. Jones had less than 20 yards rushing at halftime, but he was able to salvage a tough day by scoring two touchdowns in the second half. Jones first touchdown of the game came with the Packers facing a first and 10 from the Bears 21 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and handed off to Jones who was running off his left tackle. A Bears defender cheated up to the line of scrimmage and funneled Jones towards the middle of the field. Jones cut hard inside and was able to break through a diving leg tackle attempt by that Bears defender. He then cut back to the outside of the field and stiff-armed another Bears defender on his way to a 21 yard touchdown run. It was the type of play that displays Jones natural ability as a runner with vision, power and speed. Jones second touchdown of the game came with the Packers facing a second and one from the Bears two yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and handed off to Jones who went barreling through the left side of the line. The Packers offensive line did a great job of sealing off the Bears defenders and creating a hole for Jones to rush through. Jones met a Bears defender at the goal line, got low and bowled him over on his way to the two yard touchdown. Again, Jones' power on display and this run will probably serve as a PSA for future defenders who have ideas on stuffing Jones at the goal line when he has a full head of steam.
2019 Week 16 vs MIN (23 / 154 / 2 rush, 3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 23 times for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers win over the Vikings on Monday. The Packers have Jones to thank for this win, as outside of him, the offense could get nothing going against a Vikings secondary that kept them in check. Interestingly enough, what really helped the Packers put this game away was Jamaal Williams leaving the game with an injury, as that forced Green Bay to put the ball into Jones' hands. It is maddening to see Jones carve up opposing defenses when given a large workload, only to see the Packers coaches get away from him in following games. Jones first touchdown run of the night came with the Packers facing a first and 10 from the Vikings 12 yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center and handed the ball off to Jones, who was running off-tackle to the left side of the field. Jones got good blocking up front which enabled him to get to the edge of the line and then cut back once to the middle of the field. From there Jones just outran the Vikings defense on his way to a untouched 12 yard touchdown run. With the Packers clinging to a 17-10 lead in the 4th quarter, Jones came up big once again, breaking the game wide open with a 56 yard touchdown run. The Packers had the ball at their own 44 yard line, facing a first and ten. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and handed the ball off to Jones who was lined up to his right. Jones patiently waited for a hole to open up as he reached the line, cutting the ball outside to his left. He then stutter stepped as his blockers moved their way downfield, which gave him just enough room to cut the ball again to the outside and turn the corner. From there, Jones took off down the sideline and there wasn't a Vikings defender within 10 yards of him on his way to the endzone. This play was made possible by the Packers receivers, who sealed the edge and allowed Jones to get to the sideline and outrun the rest of the Vikings secondary.
2019 Week 17 vs DET (25 / 100 / 0 rush, 6 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 25 times for 100 yards and caught two passes for 43 yards in the Packers win over the Lions on Sunday. Jones was able to make enough plays to move the Packers offense on a day when Rodgers was not sharp. His 25 carries was a high mark for Jones on the season, as he averaged only 14 carries prior to this game. The 100 yards put Jones over 1,000 on the season, with the star running back finishing with 1,084 yards with 16 rushing touchdowns, and 49 receptions for 474 yards and three touchdowns. Jones flipped back and forth between short gains and explosive plays, gaining five or more yards on nine of his 27 touches. Jones came through when it counted, making a clutch catch on the final drive of the game that set up the Packers winning field goal. ON a first and 10 from their own 49 yard line, Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and was immediately faced with an aggressive Lions pass rush that forced him to escape to his right out of the pocket. As he was falling down, Rodgers hit Jones who was stationed just in front of the line of scrimmage in a crowd of Packers offensive lineman. Jones caught the pass and was able to pivot around and take off up-field without being touched by a Lions defender. Jones then weaved his way through the Lions secondary and was very close to breaking the run for a touchdown, but a Lions defender was able to just put a hand on Jones back foot and trip him up. The play was perhaps the biggest of the game for the Packers offense, as there was only 45 seconds left in the game, with the score tied.
2019 Week 19 vs SEA (21 / 62 / 2 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 21 times for 62 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching one pass for four yards on two targets. This was far from Jones most efficient outing, as this was the first time where Jones did not eclipse 100+ yards rushing when receiving at least 18 carries (8 for 8 heading into this game). Jones still managed to make a big impact in this game, scoring two touchdowns on the ground. The touchdowns were essentially the same play, as they both came with the Packers facing a third and goal from the one yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and handed off to Jones who was running a draw right up the middle of the line. On the first touchdown, Jones managed to keep his feet moving when he was met with resistance at the line of scrimmage, which gave him enough momentum to extend the ball over the goal line for the one yard touchdown. The second touchdown was easier for Jones, as he was able to run right up the gut for the easy touchdown. Jamaal Williams and Tyler Ervin combined for just three carries and one reception, paving the way for Jones to be the Packers bell-cow back throughout the playoffs.
2019 Week 20 vs SF (12 / 56 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 27 / 1 rec)
Aaron Jones rushed 12 times for 56 yards and one touchdown, while also catching five times for 27 yards and a touchdown on five targets. Jones closed out his breakout year in great form, putting up his seventh multi-touchdown game of the season. Despite seeing only 17 touches, Jones was able to make his mark in his first NFC Championship, averaging 4.7 yards per carry against a stingy 49ers defensive front. The Packers got down early in the game, 27-0 in the first half, so it wasn't a game script that was conducive to Jones having a big day on the ground. Jones got the Packers on the board early in third quarter, with the offense facing a first and goal from the nine yard line. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun and Jones faked as though he was going to be a pass-blocker on the play. Jones then released and made himself available to Rodgers, who dumped the ball off to him just ahead of the line of scrimmage. Jones caught the pass, pivoted and was able to run the ball into the endzone untouched for the Packers first touchdown. Jones scored the Packers second touchdown as well. Following a 42 yard catch by Jimmy Graham that was originally called a touchdown, but was reversed to place the ball at the one yard line, Jones was able to punch the ball in on a first and goal from the one yard line. It was Jones 23 yard touchdown of the year, and it marked his fourth touchdown of the post-season in only two games. Jones capped the year off with four multi-touchdown performances in his last five games, a trend that is indicated of the level that he was playing at this year. With Rodgers, Adams and Jones, the Packers have the foundation for a high powered offense, but it will take some more help for this team to get over the hump.
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.