|ADP:||Round: 1, Pick: 12|
|Team:||Green Bay Packers|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 205 lb.|
|Born:||December 2, 1994|
|Drafted:||2017 / Rd. 5 (182)|
Jones will be joined by a new running back in 2020 after the Packers selected AJ Dillon in the second round of this year's draft.
Analysis: The Packers' running back room was in good shape heading into both the draft and the 2020 season, as it contained Jones and Jamaal Williams, who combined for over 2,200 yards from scrimmage and 25 touchdowns in 2019. However, both players will be free agents in 2021, so Dillon was added to provide some long-term security at the position. Dillon is a power back, so he will be more of a threat to Williams' opportunities than Jones' in 2020, and Jones -- who accounted for over 1,500 yards and 19 scores himself last year -- still figures to be the Packers' primary running back in any games that are played in 2020. That will remain the case should he sign an extension with Green Bay, but with Dillon on board, the Packers could be less inclined to shell out big bucks for Jones next offseason.
Jones rushed 12 times for 56 yards and a touchdown and brought in all five targets for 27 yards and another score during the Packers' 37-20 loss to the 49ers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
Analysis: Jones' rushing yardage total paced the Packers for the evening, and he was able to find the end zone on a nine-yard grab and a one-yard rush in the third and fourth quarter, respectively. The two-score tally was a fitting cap to a stellar regular season for Jones, one that saw him rush for a career-high 1,084 yards and 16 touchdowns while adding a 49-474-3 line through the air. Jones will look to put together an even bigger season in 2020 in anticipation of going into unrestricted free agency ahead of the 2021 campaign.
Jones carried 21 times for 62 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 28-23 win over the Seahawks. He also caught one of two targets for four yards.
Analysis: Jones' yardage output was lacking on an evening when he averaged just 3.0 yards per carry while doing next to nothing as a pass-catcher. He salvaged his performance from a fantasy perspective with a pair of one-yard touchdown runs in the second quarter. Jones finished the regular season with three 100-yard games in his last four, so his struggles to produce efficiently came as a bit of a surprise. Things won't get any easier in next week's NFC Championship game against a 49ers team that just shut down Dalvin Cook and has been one of the stingiest teams against the run all season.
Jones carried the ball 25 times for 100 yards in the team's Week 17 win over Detroit. He also added two receptions for 43 yards.
Analysis: Jones gained 10 yards or more on three separate carries, recording at least 100 rushing yards for the fifth time this season. By racking up 439 rushing yards in the last four games of the regular season, Jones also surpassed 1,000 yards on the ground for the first time in his career.Though the playoffs lie ahead for the Packers, Jones will be entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2020, and figures to once again lead the backfield with Jamaal Williams working closely behind him.
Jones rushed 23 times for 154 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers' 23-10 win over the Vikings on Monday night. He also brought in two of three targets for six yards and lost a fumble.
Analysis: Jones tore through the normally stingy Vikings run defense, and he put an exclamation point on the division-clinching victory for the Packers with a 56-yard scoring scamper up the left sideline with 5:51 remaining in the contest. That was preceded by a 12-yard touchdown rush late in the third quarter erased a 10-9 deficit. Jones now has two 130-plus-yard tallies on the ground in his last three games, and he'll look to wrap the regular season up in similarly spectacular fashion at the expense of the Lions in Week 17.
Jones carried 13 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 21-13 win over the Bears.
Analysis: Jones was bottled up for the most part, averaging just 3.9 yards per carry against a stout Bears front. He also curiously wasn't targeted once in the passing game but salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with a pair of touchdown runs in the third quarter to break the game open. Although Jones' yardage totals have varied dramatically of late, he's supported his fantasy value with six touchdowns over his last four games to give him 15 for the season. He'll face another tough matchup next Monday against the Vikings, but his chances of getting into the end zone make him a worthy fantasy play.
Jones rushed 16 times for 134 yards and a touchdown and brought in six of seven targets for 58 yards in the Packers' 20-15 win over the Redskins on Sunday.
Analysis: After multiple lackluster weeks, Jones proved capable of exploiting a weak Redskins run defense to compile a season-high rushing yardage total. Jones also continued to make his presence felt in the passing game, also pacing the team in receiving yardage and logging over five targets for the seventh time on the campaign. Jones will look to put together back-to-back strong efforts in a Week 15 divisional battle against the Bears.
While Jones hasn't appeared on the Packers' Week 14 injury report, he dealt with some "sharp ankle pain" during this past Sunday's 31-13 win against the Giants, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Jones spent some time on the sideline Sunday but noted Thursday that the discomfort dissipated by the end of the contest. He even underwent an MRI earlier this week, which revealed no cause for concern. Meanwhile, fellow running back Jamaal Williams was limited at Thursday's practice due to a knee issue. If Williams has to take a step back this Sunday versus the Redskins, Jones could serve in more of a bell-cow role out of the Packers' backfield.
Jones ran for 18 yards on 11 carries and added 13 yards on four catches during Sunday's 31-13 win over the Giants.
Analysis: The wintery elements made Jones an intriguing play Sunday, but the sophomore back still managed to tally less than 40 total yards for the third time in his last four contests. For much of the season, fans could excuse some poor yardage totals thanks to some big touchdown totals, but Jones has now been held scoreless in three of his last four games. Fellow back Jamaal Williams hasn't been significantly better, but has averaged 4.4 yards per carry over the past four games to Jones' 3.9, so don't be surprised if Williams gets a few more opportunities against Washington's mediocre run defense Sunday.
Jones rushed 13 times for 38 yards and did not have a reception in Sunday's 37-8 loss to San Francisco.
Analysis: The 49ers schemed a near-perfect gameplan against the Packers, stuffing Jones on the ground while limiting Aaron Rodgers to just 104 passing yards. Fantasy owners may have become accustomed to the 24-year-old's inconsistencies on the ground this season, as his fantasy point totals seem to be either monstrous or minuscule. Luckily for Jones and his owners, the Packers will have two very fantasy-friendly matchups against the Giants and the Redskins on tap, creating great bounceback potential for the offense as a whole.
Jones rushed 11 times for 47 yards, but lost a fumble in Monday night's 23-22 win over the Lions. He also caught four of his seven targets for 13 yards.
Analysis: Jones came crashing back to the earth after his four-touchdown performance in Week 5. Not only did he cough the ball up on Green Bay's second offensive series, but he then dropped a wide-open, 33-yard touchdown on the next one. After that blunder, he was pulled for Jamaal Williams, who then capped that drive by taking a pass five yards into the end zone. In fact, while Jones would re-enter the game and produce decent results, it was Williams who stole the show, finishing with 14 rushes for 104 yards and four catches for 32 yards and the aforementioned touchdown. On the back of a disappointing individual display, Jones will aim for improvement in Week 7 versus the Raiders, whose rush defense has been pretty stingy thus far.
Jones will likely notice a reduction in his offensive snap share Monday against the Lions with fellow running back Jamaal Williams on track to play after clearing the concussion protocol and practicing fully Thursday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: With Williams exiting on the Packers' first possession of the Week 4 loss to the Eagles and sitting out the Week 5 win over the Cowboys entirely, Jones handled 84 and 68 percent snap shares, respectively, in the contests. Those workloads were his two largest of the season, and significantly above the 52.8 percent share he received between Weeks 1 and 3. While it's possible Jones earned himself a larger piece of the pie after his massive 182-yard, four-touchdown outburst in Dallas, the Packers still appear to value Williams' skills as a pass blocker and short-yardage ballcarrier. With that in mind, expectations for Jones moving forward should be tempered to some extent, even coming off the best outing of his three-year career.
Jones carried the ball 19 times for 107 yards and four touchdowns and caught seven of eight targets for 75 yards in Sunday's 34-24 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: The running back tied the Packers' franchise record for TDs in a game while also setting a new career high in scrimmage yards. Jones has been a scoring machine to start the season -- he had four rushing TDs in his prior three games -- but he also topped the century mark in rushing yards for the second time in four weeks. He'll look to keep rolling next week at home against a Lions defense that's been more vulnerable on the ground so far in 2019.
Jones will likely be in store for an elevated snap count and extra touches with top backfield complement Jamaal Williams (concussion) ruled out for Sunday's game in Dallas, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports. "I definitely think I can go toe-to-toe with him," Jones said earlier this week, when asked how he compares to the Cowboys' three-down back, Ezekiel Elliott. "I feel like that's something I did a couple of years back in Dallas when not a lot of people knew me. That was my first start. I definitely think I can go toe-to-toe."
Analysis: Jones is specifically referring to the 16-carry, 125-yard performance he turned in as a rookie in 2017, the first time he crossed the 100-yard mark in his career. Aside from a 116-yard outing versus the Vikings in Week 2, Jones has struggled to produce on the ground this season, but the absence of Williams leaves the Packers with few alternatives to turn to in the event the Dallas defense stymies the run game Sunday. Other than Jones, the only remaining backfield options on the 53-man roster are a fullback (Danny Vitale) and a sixth-round rookie who has yet to make his NFL debut (Dexter Williams).
Jones rushed 13 times for 21 yards and a touchdown while also bringing in six of seven targets for 37 yards in the Packers' 34-27 loss to the Eagles on Thursday.
Analysis: Jones' backfield mate Jamaal Williams exited the game on a cart due to a head injury in the first quarter, leaving Jones with a larger-than-usual workload in the passing game in addition to his rushing duties. Jones unsurprisingly found running room at a premium against Philadelphia's stalwart front seven, but he was able to power in from three yards out in the first quarter to open the scoring on the night. That score, combined with his season-high six receptions, helped salvage a tough fantasy night otherwise for Jones, who's now averaged under 2.0 yards per carry in each of his last two games. The 24-year-old will look to up his overall numbers in a tough Week 5 matchup against the Cowboys a week from Sunday.
The Packers listed Jones (shoulder) as a full participant on Tuesday's estimated practice report, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Due to the quick turnaround for Thursday's game against the Eagles, the Packers aren't expected to hold an actual practice session until Wednesday. That said, the team's estimate of Jones being a full participant suggests the shoulder issue he's tending to isn't much of a concern heading into the Week 4 matchup. The injury may explain in part why Jones handled a season-low 39 percent snap share in Week 3 against the Broncos, but he still managed to reach the end zone twice in the victory.
Jones (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in Monday's practice estimation, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: The Packers didn't hold a formal practice Monday, so what Jones does in Tuesday's session will be telling with regard to his status for Thursday's matchup with Philadelphia. The 24-year-old found paydirt twice against the Broncos on Sunday
Jones ran for 19 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and added a four-yard catch during Sunday's 27-16 win over Denver.
Analysis: Jones was bottled up for almost all of Sunday, but fans will surely take his pair of touchdowns complements of two costly Denver turnovers. The end result was solid for Jones, but it's right to be concerned by a 3.8-yards per carry start to the season and Jamaal Williams' steady increase in touches. He'll have to pick it up quickly with a Thursday matchup against a struggling Eagles team looming.
Coach Matt LaFleur said Wednesday that the Packers would "like to even out those touches a little bit" between Jones and Jamaal Williams, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Analysis: LaFleur's comments come on the heels of Jones receiving a career-high 27 touches, which he turned into 150 yards from scrimmage and one TD run. However, Jones' usage was static from the season opener (59 percent of the snaps on offense) to Week 2 (61), and Williams' workload actually increased as well from 41 to 49 percent of those plays. Despite having a slight lead in work, Jones has more than doubled Williams' touch count (41-19) to date. Considering Jones is averaging 4.3 YPC to Williams' 2.0, LaFleur doesn't have much impetus to change what's been working, health aside. Notably, Jones ended both of his first two campaigns on IR, so upping Williams' number of snaps/touches could help the former stay fresh throughout the season and potentially into the playoffs.
Jones carried 23 times for 116 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Vikings. He also made four catches for 34 yards in the 21-16 win.
Analysis: After averaging just 3.0 yards per carry in the season opener, Jones averaged 5.0 per tote in this one as he repeatedly gashed the Vikings run defense. He scored a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter and rounded out his performance by finishing second on the team in receiving yardage. Jones' big game was an excellent sign for the Packers, who secured a divisional win with Aaron Rodgers throwing for just 209 yards. He will have the opportunity to build on this effort next Sunday against the Broncos at home.
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