Packers: Three breakout candidates for the 2019 season

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Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones
GREEN BAY, WI – NOVEMBER 11: Aaron Jones #33 of the Green Bay Packers runs the ball during the second half of a game against the Miami Dolphins at Lambeau Field on November 11, 2018 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

2. Aaron Jones

Watch Aaron Jones for just a few plays and you’ll get a good idea of how talented he is. The trouble last year is that after watching him carry the football two or three times, Mike McCarthy would pull him from the game and rotate in Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery. Jones makes the Packers offense better, and his league-leading 5.5 yards per carry in 2018 backs that up.

The Packers should place a greater emphasis on running the ball under Matt LaFleur, and that will create more opportunities for the talented third-year player.

The biggest concern for Jones is durability. In the past two seasons, he has missed six games with injury (and another two due to suspension), and he has been out of action with a sprained MCL two years in a row. It’s possible the reason McCarthy didn’t give Jones more carries was a concern based on his injury history.

But if Jones can stay healthy, there’s no limit to his potential in LaFleur’s offense. With tremendous vision and burst, the Packers’ number one running back could be set to become the first player in Green Bay to hit 1,000 yards rushing in half a decade.

More opportunities could lead to huge results for Jones and the Packers offense in 2019.