Despite being suspended for the first two games of the 2018 season, running back Aaron Jones is set for a breakout year for the Green Bay Packers.
Injuries kept Jones off the field at times last year, but when healthy, he was far and away the Packers’ most efficient running back.
Jones found the end zone four times, despite only carrying the football more than five times in just four games. He also had an impressive six runs of over 20 yards, again setting himself apart from the other running backs on the roster.
Jones will miss the opening two games of the regular season due to suspension, but when he returns, he could have a breakout season and become the Packers’ lead back.
How Mike McCarthy rotates his top three running backs will be interesting, but if one of them stands out, they will continue to get the football. Of the trio, Jones is, in my opinion, the most likely to do so.
The Packers haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since Eddie Lacy in 2014, who hit the milestone in consecutive seasons. Lacy struggled to play at that high level following the 2014 season, and he was replaced last year with Montgomery as the starter, as well as draft picks Jones and Williams.
But don’t forget about the backfield. In particular, Aaron Jones is a player to watch once he returns in Week 3.