Earning regular carries won’t be easy for the Green Bay Packers’ young running backs, but Aaron Jones is a name to watch closely at training camp.
Jones, along with Jamaal Williams and Devante Mays, make up a trio of running backs drafted by the Packers this spring.
All three bring varying skill sets to Green Bay, and the competition will be fierce at training camp. Ty Montgomery is the clear leader of the backfield, but competition behind him remains wide open.
What can we expect from Jones?
Odds of making roster: 90 percent
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Despite the competition for places at the running back position, there’s a strong chance Jones makes the 53-man roster. The Packers don’t often cut ties with a draft pick, and given the fact they spent a fifth-rounder for his services, Jones is all but a roster lock.
A lot remains to be seen for all of the Packers’ young running backs. There’s only so much that can be done during the offseason program, and they will have to wait until training camp to truly showcase their abilities.
The Packers were pass-happy at their recent organized team activities and minicamp, but there will be more attention given to the ground game at training camp. The pads will be on and we’ll finally see the running back battle take shape.
Among them will be Jones.
And he’s a big play waiting to happen. Jones made a habit of churning out big runs at UTEP, according to Zach Kruse of Packers Wire.
“Jones played in 35 games over four years at UTEP. He produced runs of at least 20 yards in 22 of the 35.
During his final season in 2016, Jones ripped off runs of at least 40 yards in eight of 12 games. He finished the year with 13 total runs of 40 or more yards, including seven scores.”
Not only can Jones hit the home run with regularity, but he’s also a talented pass catcher. The Packers like to utilize running backs who are effective as receivers, and this could open up opportunities for Jones to get on the field early in his career.
Despite the tough competition, Jones has the talent to make a strong impression at training camp.
Check out our full interview with Vince Biegel here. Lombardi Ave’s Dan Dahlke spoke to him ahead of the 2017 NFL Draft, and he’s now a member of the Green Bay Packers.