2. Will injuries be an issue?
Perhaps the biggest issue holding Jones back is his injury history, and it could be a factor in determining whether he gets more than 15 carries regularly throughout the season. In two years, Jones has missed six games to injury, and another two due to suspension. Knee injuries have been an issue since he was drafted by the Packers in 2017.
For Jones to take the next step, he’ll need to be available throughout the season and be able to take on a bigger workload. If he gets injured, LaFleur may turn to Jamaal Williams more often, who is yet to miss a game for the Packers. Maybe it would force LaFleur to take on a running back by committee approach similar to McCarthy’s offense last season.
There’s no doubt that Jones is the Packers’ most talented running back, and he can become one of the best in the NFL. Jones has the potential to make a similar impact in Green Bay’s offense to Alvin Kamara in New Orleans.
But the biggest concern for Jones after two years is his injury history. While he’s still played 24 of a possible 32 games, the Packers will need him to stay healthy, especially if they make it to the playoffs.