A.J. Dillon

A.J. Dillon

Running Back #28
ADP:Round: 8, Pick: 8
Team: Green Bay Packers
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 247 lb.
College:Boston College
Born:May 2, 1998
Drafted:2020 / Rd. 2 (62)
Draft Team:GB

A.J. Dillon: 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.

February 10, 2021 8:18 AM EST

A.J. Dillon: 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.

January 22, 2021 1:21 PM EST

A.J. Dillon: 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.

January 21, 2021 1:38 PM EST

A.J. Dillon: 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.

January 20, 2021 2:08 PM EST

A.J. Dillon: 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.

January 18, 2021 1:34 PM EST

A.J. Dillon: 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.

January 16, 2021 4:27 PM EST

A.J. Dillon: 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.

January 4, 2021 8:41 AM EST

A.J. Dillon: 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.

December 27, 2020 11:37 PM EST

A.J. Dillon: 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.

December 20, 2020 8:26 AM EST

A.J. Dillon: 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.

December 15, 2020 6:59 PM EST

A.J. Dillon: 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.

December 12, 2020 1:21 PM EST

A.J. Dillon: 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.

December 10, 2020 1:24 PM EST

A.J. Dillon: Spotted at Wednesday's practice

Dillon (illness) participated in Wednesday's practice, indicating he could be activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list soon, John Doran of Fox 11 News reports.

Analysis: Dillon has been away from the Packers' facilities since testing positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 2. His presence at practice signals that he's tested negative for the illness twice within 24 hours and is no longer experiencing symptoms. The rookie second-rounder is eligible to be activated from the reserve list immediately. Dillon will first look to regain his conditioning after more than a month away from the practice field. Once he's ready, he'll slot in as the No. 3 running back behind Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams.

December 9, 2020 7:07 PM EST

A.J. Dillon: Remains in COVID-19 protocol

Coach Matt LaFleur said Wednesday that Dillon (illness) has returned to the Packers' facility but continues to work his way through the NFL's COVID-19 protocol, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Dillon is more than three weeks removed from testing positive for the virus, missing three games as a result. There's no telling when he'll be cleared to resume regular activities, or when his conditioning will be enough to be considered for work out of the backfield. That said, LaFleur believes Dillon "can contribute a lot" once he does. Until then, Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams will continue to get the bulk of the RB reps for Green Bay.

November 25, 2020 10:54 AM EST

A.J. Dillon: Tests positive for COVID-19

Dillon was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday after testing positive for the virus, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Dillon won't be able to play Thursday against the 49ers. Aaron Jones (calf) may be available, but Jamaal Williams is the only running back that's currently healthy for Week 9. Dillon will have to clear the league's concussion protocol before returning to team activities.

November 2, 2020 8:28 AM EST

A.J. Dillon: Limited workload again

Dillon carried the ball five times for 21 yards and caught his only target for 16 yards in Sunday's 28-22 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: The 37 scrimmage yards were a career high for the rookie, but for the second straight game Dillon's touches were limited while working behind Jamaal Williams, even with Aaron Jones (calf) sidelined. If Jones is able to return to action in Week 9, Dillon's role could shrink even further.

November 1, 2020 2:38 PM EST

A.J. Dillon: Only five touches

Dillon carried the ball five times for 11 yards in Week 7 against the Texans.

Analysis: Dillon was expected to get greater opportunity in the absence of Aaron Jones (calf). However, he was out-touched by Jamaal Williams 24-5 and managed just 11 total yards. Given that Jones' absence is expected to be brief, it's likely that Dillon missed the opportunity to command a bigger workload in the offense -- at least for the time being. He and the Packers will take on the Vikings in Week 8.

October 25, 2020 6:48 PM EST

A.J. Dillon: Increased workload likely Sunday

Dillon is slated to serve as the Packers' No. 2 running back behind Jamaal Williams with Aaron Jones (calf) sidelined Sunday in Houston, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: So far this season, Jones has averaged 18.6 touches per game, leaving a significant workload up for grabs. Williams himself boasts 9.2 touches per game and has the most experience among those available out of the backfield, so he's the better bet to lead the unit. Still, the Packers invested a second-round pick in April's draft in Dillon, and he's responded with 13 carries for 65 yards through five contests. Look for Dillon at least to spell Williams and perhaps be featured on a handful of possessions Sunday, with practice squad callup Dexter Williams on hand to pick up the scraps.

October 25, 2020 8:51 AM EST

A.J. Dillon: Could handle expanded role

Coach Matt LaFleur said he's confident Dillon can step up if Aaron Jones (calf) isn't able to play in Sunday's game against Houston, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Jamaal Williams has seen far more work than Dillon this year, but it is possible the Packers could lean on the rookie as their lead ballcarrier, with Williams then handling more of the receiving work. Of course, we still need to see how things play out with Jones, who appears to be headed for a game-time decision ahead of Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff. Williams would be the safer fantasy play in the event of a Jones absence, but Dillon would also offer some upside.

October 23, 2020 12:12 PM EST

A.J. Dillon: Averages 6.2 yards per carry

Dillon carried five times for 31 yards in Sunday's 38-10 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Dillon averaged an impressive 6.2 yards per carry as Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams both struggled, with the majority of his production coming on a 20-yard rumble in the fourth quarter. The rookie's impressive cameo nearly doubled his season rushing output and could earn him another look as a change-of-pace option in the coming weeks. Dillon will look to build off the best effort of his young career next Sunday against the Texans.

October 18, 2020 6:20 PM EST

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