Predicting Packers’ three most improved positions in 2019
3. Running back
Green Bay’s production at the position should improve just by giving Aaron Jones the ball more frequently. By allowing the 2018 NFL leader in yards per carry to make a bigger impact on the game, the Packers’ ground game will improve.
LaFleur’s offense will be focused on the running backs a lot more than the Packers became used to under previous head coach Mike McCarthy. Particularly in the passing game.
And the Packers have also added talent to the roster.
Rookie Dexter Williams will be part of the rotation at running back this season, and he’s had an opportunity at training camp with both Jones and Jamaal Williams sidelined due to injury. Ryan Wood of Packers News noted at practice earlier this week that Williams is “really showing some patience as a runner”.
New signing Corey Grant could also secure a spot on the 53-man roster and earn snaps in LaFleur’s offense. His history playing under offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett will only help him adjust.
Green Bay has excellent depth at running back, and competition for places on the roster and in LaFleur’s offense.
With improved depth, a scheme more focused on the run, and a featured role for Jones, it will be hard for the Packers not to take a big step forward at the position in 2019.