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Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

Running Back #33
ADP:Round: 1, Pick: 8
Team: Green Bay Packers
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 205 lb.
College:UTEP
Age:26
Born:December 2, 1994
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 5 (182)
Draft Team:GB

Aaron Jones: 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.

January 16, 2021 6:04 PM EST

Aaron Jones: 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.

January 3, 2021 4:53 PM EST

Aaron Jones: 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.

December 27, 2020 10:19 PM EST

Aaron Jones: 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.

December 25, 2020 1:07 PM EST

Aaron Jones: 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.

December 24, 2020 1:44 PM EST

Aaron Jones: On practice field Thursday

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

December 24, 2020 10:30 AM EST

Aaron Jones: 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.

December 23, 2020 1:25 PM EST

Aaron Jones: 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.

December 19, 2020 9:25 PM EST

Aaron Jones: 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.

December 13, 2020 5:59 PM EST

Aaron Jones: 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.

December 6, 2020 6:35 PM EST

Aaron Jones: 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).

November 29, 2020 9:40 PM EST

Aaron Jones: Overcomes lack of volume

Jones carried the ball 10 times for 41 yards and a touchdown in Week 11 against the Colts. He added four receptions for 30 yards.

Analysis: Jones out-touched Jamaal Williams 14-6, but was limited by the fact that the team attempted only 18 rushes overall. Nevertheless, he found the end zone on a two-yard rush early in the second quarter -- his seventh touchdown of the campaign. Jones was also effective as a receiver out of the backfield and has logged at least four receptions in six of his eight contests this season. He will face a strong run defense in Week 12 against the Bears, though his receiving ability ensures his involvement in the offense and a chance to remain productive.

November 22, 2020 7:45 PM EST

Aaron Jones: Does damage in receiving game

Jones registered 46 rushing yards on 13 carries, adding five receptions for 49 yards during Sunday's 24-20 win against Jacksonville. He also fumbled once, but the ball rolled out of bounds.

Analysis: Jones averaged an electrifying 5.7 yards per carry over his first four appearances of the 2020 campaign, but he's been contained to just 3.1 yards per attempt over his past three outings against the Buccaneers, 49ers and Jaguars. Tampa Bay and San Francisco entered Sunday's slate ranking first and 10th in rush defense, respectively, but Jacksonville sat at 27th in the NFL with 138.1 yards per game surrendered on the ground. Jones was unable to capitalize on a seemingly favorable Week 10 matchup, though he did salvage considerable value in producing his second-highest receiving output of the year. The fourth-year back has garnered a healthy workload of 18-plus offensive touches in six of his seven appearances this season, but he heads into a challenging Week 11 matchup against the Colts' No. 3 rush defense.

November 15, 2020 1:40 PM EST

Aaron Jones: Logs full practice

Jones (calf) practiced in full Wednesday, Olivia Reiner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Jones was listed as limited on each of the Packers' injury reports prior to getting the green light to return last Thursday at San Francisco. He logged a typical 61 percent of the snaps on offense, which led to 20 touches for 79 yards after missing two games due to a calf strain. The workload likely was necessitated by the lack of available running backs: both Jamaal Williams (not injury related) and AJ Dillon (illness) were unavailable Week 9 due to residing on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Williams is back on the active roster, while Dillon remains away from the team due as he deals with the illness. As a result, the Packers seem poised to have their usual Jones-Williams duo Sunday against the Jaguars for the first time since Week 6.

November 11, 2020 1:42 PM EST

Aaron Jones: Posts 79 total yards in return

Jones (calf) rushed 15 times for 58 yards and secured all five targets for an additional 21 yards in the Packers' 34-17 win over the 49ers on Thursday night.

Analysis: Jones was able to make it through pregame workouts without issue, setting the stage for his return from a two-game absence on a night the Packers were without Jamaal Williams and A.J. Dillon for COVID-related reasons. Jones paced the backfield in carries, but Tyler Ervin did complement him nicely with eight attempts as game script allowed Green Bay to keep the star running back's workload lighter than usual. Jones now has the luxury of a few extra days of rest ahead of a very favorable Week 10 matchup against the Jaguars on Sunday, Nov. 15.

November 5, 2020 9:02 PM EST

Aaron Jones: Returning to action Thursday

Jones (calf) is listed as active Thursday at San Francisco.

Analysis: As expected, Jones has done enough to show the Packers that he can play through his calf injury. With AJ Dillon (illness) and Jamaal Williams (not injury related) unavailable due to residing on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Jones should be in the mix for touches out of Green Bay's backfield. That said, Tyler Ervin and Dexter Williams are healthy and available, so Jones may merely be an emergency option Thursday.

November 5, 2020 3:54 PM EST

Aaron Jones: Slated to be available Thursday

Jones (calf) is expected to suit up for Thursday's contest at San Francisco, pending a pregame workout, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Notably, Schefter noted the Packers intend to be "careful" with Jones and see how his calf reacts to the aforementioned warmup, but they also expect him to be available to the offense. If he indeed is active, Jones may only be used in an emergency with two other healthy bodies (Tyler Ervin and Dexter Williams) available to the backfield. However, Jones has averaged 110 yards from scrimmage per game and scored seven touchdowns in five appearances, so there's still a decent chance he contributes to the box score.

November 5, 2020 2:03 PM EST

Aaron Jones: Trending up for Thursday night

The Packers are increasingly hopeful that Jones (calf), who is listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the 49ers, will be able to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Listed as a limited practice participant on each of the Packers' three reports this week, Jones hasn't proven that he's completely moved past the calf strain that has sidelined him for the team's past two games. That being said, Jones has apparently shown improvement over the past few days, so the Packers will likely clear him to play if he can make it through an early warmup without issue. Clarification on Jones' status one way or the other should come approximately 90 minutes prior to the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, when the Packers release their inactive list. If Jones is available, Rapoport notes that the running back could be in store for a limited role, which supports what Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported earlier Thursday. With AJ Dillon and Jamaal Williams already ruled out for Week 9 after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Tyler Ervin -- who has lined up mostly out wide or in the slot this season -- and practice squad callup Dexter Williams are the only other healthy running backs on the roster.

November 5, 2020 12:57 PM EST

Aaron Jones: Status up in air for Thursday

Jones (calf) is listed as questionable for Thursday's game at San Francisco, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Jones' practice reps were capped in practice this week as he works his way back from a strained calf. Both coach Matt LaFleur and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett expect Jones to be "a game-time deal,' per Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, so his availability (or lack thereof) Thursday likely will come down to a pregame workout. The Packers could use his services, as AJ Dillon tested positive for COVID-19 this week and Jamaal Williams is unavailable becase he was considered to be a high-risk close contact of Dillon's. Aside from Jones, the team has two running backs (Tyler Ervin and practice-squad member Dexter Williams) available to handle the backfield.

November 4, 2020 1:22 PM EST

Aaron Jones: Week 9 status to come down to wire

Coach Matt LaFleur said a decision on Jones' (calf) availability will come down to the wire ahead of Thursday's game at San Francisco, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. "We'll give him up to game time, and then we'll figure it out," LaFleur noted. "So we'll see."

Analysis: Jones was listed as LP on Monday's practice estimate and officially was a limited participant at Tuesday's walk-through. Ideally, the Packers would like him to elevate to full by Wednesday, but considering the state of their backfield, waiting until a pregame workout Thursday seems like a prudent approach. With both Jamaal Williams (not injury related) and AJ Dillon (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Jones, Tyler Ervin and practice squad member Dexter Williams are the only running backs available to the Packers. As a result, Jones may have a huge workload this week if he's able to get past (or play through) his strained calf.

November 3, 2020 3:49 PM EST

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