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Aaron Jones

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

Enters season healthy

Jones says he'll enter the season healthy after dealing with a hamstring injury early in training camp, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Jones has been back at practice since Aug. 16 and likely would've been healthy enough to play in one or two preseason games if the Packers hadn't decided to rest their star players anyway. He should get plenty of touches Week 1 in New Orleans, though it remains to be seen if Jones benefits or suffers from the new backup situation with AJ Dillon replacing Jamaal Williams in the No. 2 role. Relative to Williams, the 247-pound Dillon seems like more of a threat to steal short rushing TDs but less of a threat to poach targets.

Aug 26, 2021 11:18 AM EST

Not in uniform Saturday

Jones is one of 32 Packers who did not suit up for Saturday's preseason game against the Jets.

Analysis: The Packers elected to rest most of their key starters Saturday and it's unclear if the likes of Jones and the team's other top skill players will next see game action before Week 1. Also not in uniform Saturday are QB Aaron Rodgers, WRs Davante Adams, Randall Cobb and Allen Lazard, as well as TE Robert Tonyan.

Aug 21, 2021 1:11 PM EST

Returns to practice

Jones (hamstring) returned to practice Monday, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: Jones missed practice last week and wasn't available for the preseason opener, but the Packers haven't expressed any real concern about his hamstring. Regardless of his preseason workload (or lack thereof), Jones will enter Week 1 as one of the more reliable lead backs in the league, this time ceding work off the bench to 247-pound bruiser AJ Dillon instead of Jamaal Williams. The switch could lead to fewer goal-line carries and more targets, but Jones' excellent work in the red zone in recent years should ensure he isn't frozen out there.

Aug 16, 2021 11:18 AM EST

Not in uniform Saturday

Jones (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Texans, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: Jones missed practice last week because of his injury, and he will remain sidelined Saturday night. Head coach Matt LaFleur has not expressed concern about Jones' status, so chances are he will be ready to go for the team's regular season opener next month.

Aug 14, 2021 4:47 PM EST

Dealing with hamstring issue

Jones wasn't present at Monday's practice due to a hamstring injury, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Two days removed from the Packers' Family Night scrimmage, Jones isn't taking part in on-field drills, instead focusing on rehabbing his hamstring. The injury may be a minor one, but the team won't take any chances with their highly paid running back. He put pen to paper on a four-year, $48 million contract back in March, and with Jamaal Williams moving on to the Lions in the offseason Jones and second-year pro AJ Dillon are the top two RBs in Green Bay.

Aug 9, 2021 11:27 AM EST

Staying in Green Bay

Jones announced via his personal Twitter account Sunday that he has re-signed with the Packers.

Analysis: The 2021 free agency class has lost its prospective top running back, as Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Jones and the Packers have come to terms on a four-year deal worth up to $48 million, and with a $13 million signing bonus. The 26-year-old is coming off back-to-back seasons with over 1,000 rushing yards, and he's been above 5.0 yards per carry in three of his four years in Green Bay. By virtue of sticking in a proven landing spot, alongside an elite quarterback and behind a top notch offensive line, Jones will no doubt reprise his standing as one of the top running backs off the board in fantasy drafts next season. All that remains to be seen is whether AJ Dillon carves out a larger complementary role, which could certainly happen if Jamaal Williams ends up leaving in free agency.

Mar 14, 2021 1:22 PM EST

Won't get franchise tag

The Packers will not use their franchise tag on Jones, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: As a result, the running back is eligible to become a free agent, though Schefter notes that the Packers are attempting to re-sign Jones before he hits the open market. If the two sides don't come to an agreement, however, the 26-year-old would profile as the top free agent at his position in the class of 2021.

Mar 9, 2021 1:09 PM EST

Facing questions about future

Jones (chest), who was unable to return to Sunday's loss to the Buccaneers in the NFC Championship Game, is uncertain to return for the Packers in 2021, Rob Demovsky of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Jones didn't retake the field after suffering a hard hit from Buccaneers safety Jordan Whitehead (shoulder), a play that resulted in a crucial fumble on the opening drive of the third quarter. He finished Sunday's loss with just six carries for 27 yards and four catches for 7 yards. Now having reached the end of his rookie contract, Jones is on track to hit the free-agent market this offseason unless he comes to terms on a new deal with the Packers. Demovsky reports that Green Bay offered Jones, who is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, a deal that would make him one of "the top-five highest paid running backs in terms of average per year," but which includes minimal guaranteed money. With Jamaal Williams also having reached the end of his rookie deal, the stage could well be set for 2020 second-round pick AJ Dillon to take over as the top dog in Green Bay's backfield next season.

Jan 25, 2021 9:57 AM EST

Exits Sunday's game

Jones was forced out of Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Buccaneers due to a chest injury.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Jones logged six carries for 27 yards and caught four of his six targets for seven yards. Next up for Green Bay's carries are Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon.

Jan 24, 2021 2:38 PM EST

Runs over Rams

Jones rushed the ball 14 times for 99 yards and a touchdown in the Packers' divisional-round win over the Rams. He added one reception for 14 yards.

Analysis: Jones began the second-half with a 60-yard run and ultimately capped the same drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge. He was held under wraps for the most part otherwise, with his only other significant rushes going for 11 and eight yards. Even so, he topped 100 total yards third time in his last four games -- spanning back to the regular season. He'll draw a tough matchup in the NFC Championship Game, when the Packers will take on either the Buccaneers or Saints.

Jan 16, 2021 6:04 PM EST

Scores in big win

Jones rushed 11 times for 42 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-16 win over the Bears. He also caught four of five targets for 43 yards.

Analysis: Jones' production was evenly split between the ground and the air, again displaying his versatility while topping 80 scrimmage yards. The tailback's 11th touchdown of the campaign, however, came on the ground, as Jones rushed in from four yards to give the Packers a commanding lead late in the fourth quarter. In helping Green Bay secure the top seed in the NFC, Jones will now get a week off before taking the field in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Jan 3, 2021 4:53 PM EST

Blowout limits production

Jones rushed 10 times for 94 yards and caught two passes for 14 more yards in Sunday's 40-14 win over Tennessee.

Analysis: Jones had an incredibly efficient game, averaging a whopping 9.4 yards per carry, which is shockingly the second time he has averaged over nine yards per tote this season (9.3 YPC in Week 2). While that kind of effectiveness should warrant celebration from his fantasy managers, it actually left them wanting more after seeing backup AJ Dillon go off for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries. While the lopsided score would explain why the backup received twice as many carries as Jones, it is worth noting that one of Dillon's scores came on the Packers' second drive of the contest. Head coach Matt LaFleur stuck with his usual backfield timeshare even with Jamaal Williams (quad) sitting this one out, and then Dillon took on a larger workload in the second half once the game was put well out of reach. The light workload should have Jones well rested for an important seeding matchup against the Bears on Sunday.

Dec 27, 2020 10:19 PM EST

Ready for Sunday

Jones (toe) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Tennessee, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jamaal Williams, on the other hand, is listed as doubtful, still bothered by the quadriceps injury that knocked him out of last week's win over Carolina. Jones ended up playing 90 percent of offensive snaps in that game, piling up 158 total yards and a TD on 23 touches. He should be in for another large workload this week, though it's possible the Packers give rookie AJ Dillon a bit more work.

Dec 25, 2020 1:07 PM EST

Turns in limited practice

Jones (toe) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Jones' reps were capped for the second day in a row after he picked up a toe injury in the Packers' Week 15 win over the Panthers. Fortunately for Jones and his fantasy managers, the running back relayed earlier Thursday that despite his limitations, he's "feeling good" and "ready to go" for Sunday's showdown with the Titans, according to Olivia Reiner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. If Jones can increase his activity in Friday's practice, he should approach the Week 16 contest without a designation.

Dec 24, 2020 1:44 PM EST

On practice field Thursday

Jones (toe) participated in Thursday's practice, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: Jones was a surprise addition to Wednesday's injury report as limited due to a toe issue. It remains to be seen whether he increased his reps or merely maintained them Thursday, but Jones still is doing more than Jamaal Williams, who hasn't practiced this week with a quad concern.

Dec 24, 2020 10:30 AM EST

Limited by toe injury

Jones (toe) was limited at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Jamaal Williams didn't take part at all due to the quad injury he sustained Week 15 against the Panthers. With both Jones and Williams tending to health concerns, rookie second-rounder AJ Dillon is the only Packers running back at full capacity. The state of Green Bay's backfield will be one to monitor as the week goes on.

Dec 23, 2020 1:25 PM EST

Big performance against Panthers

Jones rushed the ball 20 times for 145 yards and one touchdown in Week 15 against the Panthers. He added three receptions for 13 yards.

Analysis: Jones had the Packers' backfield to himself for much of the contest after Jamaal Williams (quad) exited early on. He took advantage by ripping off long runs of 46, 14 and 10 yards to total his highest rushing yardage total since Week 2. Jones also tallied his eighth touchdown of the campaign, finding the end zone from eight yards away late in the second quarter. He'll have another positive matchup in Week 16 against the Titans and will look to duplicate this statistical output.

Dec 19, 2020 9:25 PM EST

Posts 75 scrimmage yards in Detroit

Jones collected 69 rushing yards over 15 carries, adding two receptions for six yards during Sunday's 31-24 win against the Lions.

Analysis: Jones endured one of his quieter fantasy outings during Week 14, collecting his second-lowest total in scrimmage yards since Week 6. That was in spite of the 26-year-old garnering 14-plus touches for a sixth consecutive game. Touchdowns were a hallmark to Jones' prolific 2019 season, but they have been less so in 2020, as the fourth-year back has totaled nine scores after collecting 19 a season ago. Even so, he remains well-positioned to top the 1,000-yard rushing mark for a second consecutive year, standing 177 yards shy of the milestone entering a Week 15 Saturday night matchup against the Panthers' 15th-ranked rush defense.

Dec 13, 2020 5:59 PM EST

Huge effort to put game away

Jones carried the ball 15 times for 130 yards and a touchdown and caught all three of his targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 30-16 win over the Eagles.

Analysis: The Philly defense did a good job keeping Jones in check for three quarters, but he finally broke free in the fourth and put the game out of reach with a highlight-reel 77-yard TD run. Jones could be headed for another huge performance in Week 14 against a Lions defense that just surrendered 111 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns to David Montgomery.

Dec 6, 2020 6:35 PM EST

Effective in tough matchup

Jones rushed 17 times for 90 yards and caught one pass for no gain in Sunday's 41-25 win over the Bears.

Analysis: Jones was able to find consistent holes through a tough Chicago front (5.3 yard per carry), but he was unable to hit pay dirt. The lack of touchdowns has been a concern for the 25-year-old, as he has just six trips to the end zone in nine contests after racking up 16 rushing touchdowns in 2019. Jones is still a strong fantasy asset despite the regression in scores, sitting atop the depth chart on a potent offensive unit. Backup Jamaal Williams only received an equal amount of carries (17) due to the blowout nature of Sunday's game. Jones will look to feast on the Eagles next week, as they own one of the worst run defenses through 12 weeks (133.4 rushing yards allowed per game).

Nov 29, 2020 9:40 PM EST

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