Aaron Jones

Green Bay Packers
Running Back #33
Green Bay Packers
Running Back #33
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Aaron Jones News

Agrees to contract restructure

Jones restructured his contract with the Packers on Thursday to create roughly $3 million in cap space for the 2022 season, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Green Bay converted $3.85 million of Jones' salary for 2022 into a signing bonus and added two voidable years to the deal. The news comes one day after Kenny Clark agreed to a similarly significant restructure, moves which to signal the team's intention to keep its current roster intact relatively intact and target another playoff run. Looking ahead to the 2022 campaign, Jones stands to once again be deployed as one of the Packers' top offensive playmakers while sharing backfield work with teammate AJ Dillon.

Feb 24, 2022 6:13 AM EST

Paces pass catchers in loss

Jones rushed 12 times for 41 yards and brought in nine of 10 targets for 129 yards during the Packers' 13-10 divisional-round loss to the 49ers on Saturday night.

Analysis: Jones led the Packers in rushing yards, but it was his pace-setting receiving yardage tally that made his night a spectacular one for fantasy purposes. The fifth-year back also tied Davante Adams for the team lead in receptions, with the highlight of his night a spectacular 75-yard catch and run down the right sideline just before halftime. Jones logged his fewest carries since 2018 this past regular season as backfield mate AJ Dillon increasingly expanded his complementary role with strong play, and both backs are likely to be deployed in a similar arrangement in the 2022 campaign.

Jan 22, 2022 8:39 PM EST

Opens week with full practice

Jones (knee) practiced fully Tuesday.

Analysis: Typically, Jones has had some sort of practice limitations at the first practice of the week since hurting his knee Week 10. With the benefit of the Packers' first-round bye, though, he was able to handle every rep during Tuesday's session, displaying his overall health. Jones and AJ Dillon thus are unimpeded as the team prepares for Saturday's divisional-round game against the 49ers.

Jan 18, 2022 2:29 PM EST

Returns to practice

Jones (knee) practiced Wednesday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: It's a solid hint that he would've played in the Week 18 game at Detroit if the Packers hadn't already clinched a playoff spot. As is, Jones sat out for just the second time all year, and now figures to return for a divisional-round matchup against either the Rams, Cardinals, 49ers or Eagles, depending on what happens in the wild-card round.

Jan 12, 2022 9:38 AM EST

Taking seat in Week 18

Jones (knee) is listed as inactive Sunday at Detroit, Mike Spofford of the Packers official site reports.

Analysis: Jones has been tending to a knee injury that forced him to sit out Week 11 at Minnesota. While he's been able to play in the meantime and again was limited in practice during Week 18 prep, the Packers won't take any chances with their No. 1 running back, allowing him two weeks to rest up before the team's playoff opener in the divisional round. With Jones on the sideline, AJ Dillon and Patrick Taylor are the available options out of Green Bay's backfield in the regular-season finale.

Jan 9, 2022 8:36 AM EST

Listed as questionable

Jones (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Coach Matt LaFleur said he'll play his starters, including QB Aaron Rodgers, who has dealt with an injury of his own throughout the second half of the season. Jones, of course, plays a more physically demanding position, and the Packers have a well established history of being careful with his workloads. It thus seems unlikely that he'd see more than a dozen or so touches this week, but it shouldn't be shocking if he suits up and takes some snaps, given that he's played in each game since Week 11. The Packers and Lions are part of the early slate of games this Sunday, scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff.

Jan 7, 2022 12:31 PM EST

Another limited practice

Jones (knee) was limited at Thursday's practice.

Analysis: After having his reps capped at Wednesday's walkthrough, Jones maintained that activity level in the Packers' second session of Week 18 preparations. If precedent is any indication, he'll ditch his designation entirely for a fifth consecutive week upon the release of the team's final injury report Friday. During the preceding four-game stretch, Jones compiled 53 touches for 328 yards from scrimmage and three TDs, while fellow running back AJ Dillon tallied 51 touches for 245 total yards and three scores of his own.

Jan 6, 2022 1:40 PM EST

Remains on injury report as limited

Jones (knee) practiced in a limited fashion Wednesday.

Analysis: As has been the case since missing a Week 11 loss at Minnesota, the Packers are capping Jones' practice reps due to a knee issue. As he puts it further in the rearview mirror, he's also become more effective as both as runner and pass catcher, culminating with 13 touches for 106 yards from scrimmage this past Sunday against the Vikings. While his availability for a Week 18 visit to Detroit isn't in question, Green Bay may opt to limit Jones' snap count with the postseason in mind.

Jan 5, 2022 1:25 PM EST

Goes over 100 yards

Jones rushed eight times for 76 yards and caught five of six targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 37-10 win over Minnesota.

Analysis: Jones was dealing with a minor knee injury during practice this week, but he was cleared for this matchup and looked explosive in limited touches. The 27-year-old was out-touched by AJ Dillon 16 to 13, with the latter getting both of Green Bay's rushing scores. The Packers now boast a dynamic one-two punch in the backfield, with Jones seeing action when the offense is in attack mode, and the beefier Dillon coming in to grind away the opposition when Green Bay is protecting a lead. With nothing left to play for before the playoffs, it will be interesting to see how much playing time -- if any -- Jones and the rest of the key starters receive against the Lions next Sunday.

Jan 2, 2022 10:52 PM EST

Cleared for Sunday night

Jones (knee) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Minnesota.

Analysis: Jones has been a limited participant in nearly every practice since he missed Week 13 with a knee sprain. In three games since the absence, he's taken 30 carries for 159 yards and a touchdown, with 10 catches for 63 yards and two TDs on 11 targets. AJ Dillon got more carries in Jones' first game back, but it was the veteran who led the Packers the past two weeks with 13 carries against Baltimore and 12 against Cleveland.

Dec 31, 2021 12:33 PM EST

Remains limited at practice

Jones (knee) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Such is life for Jones on the practice field since sitting out a Week 11 road matchup with the Vikings. In the past two games, he's handled the larger share of backfield reps over AJ Dillon, earning 32 touches to the latter's 20. Assuming the status quo reigns and he's available Sunday versus Minnesota, Jones again should be on the field for more snaps than Dillon.

Dec 30, 2021 1:14 PM EST

Logs limited practice

Jones (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday.

Analysis: The Packers have been managing Jones' practice reps since he missed Week 11 at Minnesota due to a knee issue. While he played a close second fiddle to AJ Dillon in his first two games back in the lineup, Jones has taken on more snaps en route to 32 touches for 157 yards from scrimmage and one TD over the past two contests. During those last two outings, Dillon went for 91 total yards and one score on his 20 touches. Assuming the duo of Jones and Dillon is out there Sunday versus the Vikings, a similar breakdown of the backfield appears likely to come to pass.

Dec 29, 2021 1:46 PM EST

Generates 87 total yards in win

Jones rushed 12 times for 66 yards and secured five of six targets in 21 yards in the Packers' 24-22 win over the Browns on Saturday.

Analysis: Jones' carry and rushing yardage totals paced the Packers, and he also checked in second in receptions to Davante Adams. The 27-year-old hasn't seen as much as 15 carries in a game since Week 8, but he's supplementing his fantasy production consistently with a serviceable pass-catching role. Jones now has three straight multi-reception tallies heading into a Week 17 home battle against the Vikings.

Dec 25, 2021 5:14 PM EST

Clear for Saturday

Jones (knee) doesn't have a designation for Saturday's game versus the Browns, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: The Packers managed Jones' preexisting knee issue this week, listing him as limited on all three practice reports. Still, the issue won't stop the fifth-year back from taking the field Saturday against a Cleveland defense that has allowed 114 yards from scrimmage per game and 13 touchdowns to running backs in 14 contests this season. Of course, Jones will yield reps to backup AJ Dillon, potentially capping the value of both players.

Dec 23, 2021 1:14 PM EST

Limited at walkthrough

Jones (knee) was limited at Wednesday's walkthrough, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After the Packers listed Jones as limited on Tuesday's practice estimate, he maintained that activity during the team's first on-field work of the week. He surpassed AJ Dillon in terms of offensive snap share (64-36) and touches (15-8) this past Sunday at Baltimore for the first time since suffering a knee injury back in Week 10. The Jones-Dillon breakdown may remain that way moving forward as long as the former is available to the offense.

Dec 22, 2021 1:33 PM EST

Limited on practice estimate

Jones (knee) was listed as limited on Tuesday's estimated practice report.

Analysis: Jones continues to be bothered by a knee issue that he initially picked up Week 10 against the Seahawks. He missed the Week 11 loss to the Vikings and has more or less split work with AJ Dillon in the meantime, compiling 33 touches for 168 yards from scrimmage and two TDs over the last three games. Jones' status will be one to watch in advance of Saturday's contest versus the Browns to ensure he's available.

Dec 21, 2021 2:29 PM EST

Catches touchdown Sunday

Jones rushed 13 times for 58 yards and caught both of his targets for 12 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-30 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Jones wasn't utilized very often in the first half, but he got rolling to begin the second, capping Green Bay's opening drive with a nine-yard touchdown grab. In doing so, the tailback scored through the air for the second straight game, helping compensate for another modest output on the ground. Although he still outproduced teammate AJ Dillion, who managed just 22 yards on his seven carries, Jones saw Dillion punch in a two-yard rushing touchdown during the second quarter. While Dillion's presence in the Packers' backfield rotation tempers Jones' upside to a degree, Jones remains an efficient and dangerous playmaker going into Week 16's matchup versus the Browns.

Dec 19, 2021 5:29 PM EST

Cleared for Sunday

Jones (knee/illness) has no injury designation for Sunday's game in Baltimore, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Neither illness nor a minor knee injury figures to have much impact on Jones' workload after he returned to practice Friday as a limited participant. He's lost more work to AJ Dillon of late, yet remains a must-start in the vast majority of fantasy formats with 927 total yards and nine TDs in 12 games this year.

Dec 17, 2021 1:14 PM EST

Returns to practice

Jones (knee/illness) returned to practice Friday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jones was a limited participant Wednesday due to the knee injury, before missing Thursday's practice with a non-COVID illness. His return Friday suggests he'll be fine for Sunday's game in Baltimore.

Dec 17, 2021 10:20 AM EST

Sidelined with illness

Jones (knee) didn't practice Thursday due to an illness, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jones was listed as limited on Wednesday's estimated injury report due to a knee issue, which is likely the one he picked up back in Week 10. Now, his sudden absence is being attributed to an ailment, but there's no evidence that it's related to COVID-19. In any case, Jones' status bears watching as the weekend draws closer to get a sense of his potential to play Sunday in Baltimore. Aside from Jones, AJ Dillon is the other Packers running back to get regular playing time, while Patrick Taylor has earned offensive snaps in three of the last five games.

Dec 16, 2021 1:55 PM EST

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