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A.J. Dillon

Green Bay Packers
Running Back #28
Green Bay Packers
Running Back #28
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A.J. Dillon News

Plays complementary role Monday

Dillon had five carries for 18 yards and one reception for eight yards in Monday's 35-17 victory over the Lions.

Analysis: Dillon got the ball on just under a third of the 19 plays he was in the game for, but it was the Aaron Jones show in the backfield Monday night, and Dillon played only a complementary role. Dillon has not yet come close to matching the snaps and touches former backup running back Jamaal Williams put up the past two seasons, but his opportunities could still increase at some point to help keep Jones fresh.

Sep 21, 2021 7:35 AM EST

Five touches in opening loss

Dillon had four carries for 19 yards and one reception for seven yards in Sunday's 38-3 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Dillon's opportunities to produce in Week 1 were limited, as he spent only 16 snaps on the field with the rest of the offense. He did rack up five touches while he was out there, though, so head coach Matt LaFleur did make an effort to get him the ball. The game script certainly was not in the Packers' favor Sunday, as they trailed the entire way and even starting running back Aaron Jones played only 28 snaps. LaFleur said after the contest the Packers "didn't even attempt to run the ball enough," so look for the team to try to get more going on the ground against the Lions in Week 2.

Sep 13, 2021 9:55 AM EST

Struggles in preseason finale

Dillon took seven carries for 18 yards in Saturday's 19-0 preseason loss to Buffalo.

Analysis: Dillon got the start and the first carry, but he struggled to get anything going and couldn't punch the ball in for a TD on two chances inside the Buffalo five-yard line. With starters held out, Dillon and Kylin Hill got most of the backfield snaps with Jordan Love and the second-string offense. Dillon figures to get some carries Week 1 at New Orleans, but the exact nature of his role remains to be seen, as the 247-pounder offers a much different skill set than Aaron Jones' old backup Jamaal Williams (now with the Lions).

Aug 28, 2021 1:07 PM EST

Looks good in limited touches

Dillon gained 28 rushing yards on four carries and caught both his targets for 12 yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Jets.

Analysis: With Aaron Jones among the regular-season starters held out by Green Bay on Saturday, Dillon got the start and powered his way to a couple big gains on the Packers' first series before he gave way to Kylin Hill. Dillon is set for a big increase in his workload in his second NFL season, but it would likely take an injury to Jones for him to make a consistent impact.

Aug 21, 2021 7:50 PM EST

Resumes team drills

Dillon, who didn't participate in team drills during Wednesday's practice due to a calf issue, was able to do so Thursday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: As previously implied by Schneidman Dillon's limitations on Wednesday were "mostly precautionary." With Jamaal Williams having joined the Lions via free agency during the offseason, Dillon is in line to serve as Aaron Jones' top backup this coming season.

Aug 20, 2021 1:18 PM EST

Limited by calf injury

Dillon (calf) didn't do any team work during Wednesday's practice, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: While the report notes that Dillon is dealing with a calf injury, Schneidman describes the running back's Wednesday limitations as "mostly precautionary." When available, Dillon is in line to serve as Aaron Jones' top backup this season, with Jamaal Williams having headed to the Lions via free agency.

Aug 18, 2021 10:41 AM EST

Brief cameo in preseason opener

Dillon gained one yard on one carry and caught his only target for four yards in Saturday's preseason loss to the Texans.

Analysis: With Aaron Jones (hamstring) getting the night off, Dillon started in the Packers' backfield alongside Jordan Love (shoulder), but the second-year RB made a quick exit after a couple possessions. Dillon is locked into the No. 2 spot on the Green Bay depth chart, but if Jones has trouble staying healthy -- he's played all 16 games only once in four seasons -- his understudy has the talent to make an impact with significant touches.

Aug 15, 2021 6:24 AM EST

Expecting big things in Year 2

Dillon is set to step into the backup job behind Aaron Jones this season, and Dillon believes he and Jones "can be the best running back tandem in the NFL," according to

Analysis: Dillon served as the Packers' third running back behind Jones and Jamaal Williams in his 2020 rookie season, but with Williams moving on to Detroit over the offseason, he is set to be the No. 2 back in Year 2. Dillon ran the ball just 46 times last season, but he averaged an impressive 5.3 YPC, and in the one game he received more than a handful of carries he put up 124 yards and two scores on 21 attempts. Dillon will need to produce on a consistent basis in order to put the Packers' backfield in the conversation for "best in the league," but he should get ample opportunities to do so, as he figures to assume the bulk of the 10.6 touches Williams averaged on a per-game basis after Matt LaFleur took over as head coach.

Jun 30, 2021 1:10 PM EST

Efficient in limited role

Dillon had 46 carries for 242 yards and two touchdowns and two receptions for 21 yards over 11 appearances in his 2020 rookie season

Analysis: Dillon played a bit role for most of the season and missed five games following a positive test for COVID-19. However, the 2020 second-rounder averaged a healthy 5.3 YPC over the course of the season, and he shined in his one extended opportunity, tallying 124 yards and two scores on the ground in the Packers' Week 16 victory over the Titans. It will be tough to determine Dillon's 2021 role without knowing if free agents Aaron Jones and/or Jamaal Williams will return to Green Bay, but if neither comes back, Dillon will presumably find himself atop the depth chart -- a spot that has been rather fantasy-friendly since Matt LaFleur arrived in town.

Feb 10, 2021 8:18 AM EST

Ready for NFC championship

Dillon (quadricep) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Tampa Bay, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: The quad injury limited Dillon's practice participation but won't impact his availability for the NFC Championship Game. He took six carries for 27 yards in a 32-18 win over Los Angeles last week, playing 12 percent of Green Bay's snaps on offense.

Jan 22, 2021 1:21 PM EST

Limited at Thursday's practice

Dillon (quadricep) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Olivia Reiner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Dillon was knocked out of the later stages of the Packers' divisional-round win against the Rams with a quad issue, which so far has resulted in a cap on his practice reps this week. Coach Matt LaFleur told Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette on Monday that he's "hopeful" Dillon will be able to suit up for Sunday's NFC Championship Game versus the Buccaneers. With two practices under his belt, Dillon is trending in the right direction, but Friday's injury report may give a sense of whether or not that's the case.

Jan 21, 2021 1:38 PM EST

Limited to begin week

Dillon (quadriceps) was limited in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Dillon was forced of last weekend's win over the Rams after handling just six carries (for 27 yards), so it's encouraging to see him already back on the practice field. If the rookie running back is able to prove his health in time for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Buccaneers, he'll stand to rejoin Jamaal Williams as an option behind top back Aaron Jones in Green Bay's backfield.

Jan 20, 2021 2:08 PM EST

Hopeful for NFC Championship Game

Coach LaFleur said Monday that he's "hopeful" Dillon (quadriceps) will be "ready to go" for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Buccaneers, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: LaFleur said he's unsure whether Dillon will be on the field when the Packers next practice Wednesday, per Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The rookie running back only handled six carries for 27 yards during last weekend's divisional-round win over the Rams before behind forced out with a quad injury. Jamaal Williams will stand to handle slightly more reps behind top back Aaron Jones if Dillon isn't ready to face the Buccaneers.

Jan 18, 2021 1:34 PM EST

Picks up quad injury

Dillon was forced out of Saturday's NFC divisional-round game against the Rams with a quad injury, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With the game secured in the Packers favor, Dillon isn't expected to return. In turn, Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams will handle the rest of the backfield reps. Dillon finished the game with six rushes for 27 yards. The rookie out of Boston College will aim to recover for the NFC Championship Game next week.

Jan 16, 2021 4:27 PM EST

Plays bit role in Week 17

Dillon played just five snaps on offense and finished Sunday's victory over the Bears with one carry for three yards.

Analysis: Dillon ran for 124 yards and two scores in Week 16 with fellow running back Jamaal Williams sidelined, and it was thought that his breakout game could help him carve out a bigger role. However, with Williams back and the Packers leaning on Aaron Jones in Week 17, Dillon was an afterthought like he has been for most of the season. The Packers could get Dillon more involved in their first playoff game if the conditions are subpar, but he will be a clear third on the depth chart heading into that contest.

Jan 4, 2021 8:41 AM EST

Explodes for two scores on SNF

Dillon rushed 21 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 40-14 win over the Titans.

Analysis: Dillon turned in the surprise performance of Week 16 (and possibly the season) when he more than doubled his total yardage for the year in one fell swoop. Jamaal Williams (quad) had to sit this one out, opening the door for the Packers' third-string back to burst onto the scene. The blowout nature of Sunday's contest allowed him to receive over 20 touches, but he was involved in the gameplan early and even scored his first touchdown in the first quarter when it was still a one-score game. Dillon was a second-round pick for the Packers in this year's rookie draft, so the team clearly believed in his talent enough to take the Boston College product that high even with a proven workhorse like Aaron Jones under contract. Dillon was averaging 4.8 yards per carry on 24 attempts prior to Sunday's coming out party, so there are flashes of high fantasy upside here. As for the rest of this season, Williams' health and a potentially closer score against the Bears should lead to tempered expectations in Week 17.

Dec 27, 2020 11:37 PM EST

Breaks 18-yard run

Dillon had one carry for 18 yards in Saturday's victory over the Panthers.

Analysis: It appeared Dillon would get a few carries after Jamaal Williams left the game with a quad injury, but with Green Bay's offense sputtering in the second half and the Panthers closing the gap on the scoreboard, the Packers instead leaned on Aaron Jones the rest of the way.

Dec 20, 2020 8:26 AM EST

No offensive snaps Week 14

Dillon didn't play an offensive snap during Sunday's 31-24 win over the Lions.

Analysis: The rookie second-round pick was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Saturday but played only a handful of snaps on special teams in his return. Dillon is unlikely to be much of a factor in the offense if Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams remain healthy down the stretch.

Dec 15, 2020 6:59 PM EST

Set to return

Dillon (illness) was activated off the exempt/COVID-19 list Saturday.

Analysis: The transaction means Dillon could potentially play this week against the Lions after a five-game absence due to COVID-19. The 2020 second-round pick has played sparingly this season and likely won't see a massive workload with both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams healthy for the divisional matchup.

Dec 12, 2020 1:21 PM EST

Comes off COVID-19 list

The Packers activated Dillon (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday.

Analysis: Dillon missed four straight games due to his time on the COVID-19 list, but it looks as though he'll be available for Sunday's upcoming away game against the Lions. Given the amount of time Dillon has spent away from practice, though, the Packers could certainly opt to ease him back into action. In any case, Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are in line to continue operating as the top options out of Green Bay's backfield.

Dec 10, 2020 1:24 PM EST

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