Packers: Aaron Jones was one of NFL’s most explosive runners in 2019

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Aaron Jones was one of the NFL’s most explosive runners last season.

It proved to be no coincidence.

When Aaron Jones was on the field, the Green Bay Packers offense moved the ball better. When he was on the sideline, they often couldn’t get out of first gear.

Jones had a breakout 2019 season, finally given a featured role in the offense by new head coach Matt LaFleur. And he was one of the most explosive runners in all of football.

Jones fifth-most explosive runner in 2019, according to NFL Next Gen Stats

Nick Shook of has put together a list of the top 10 most explosive runners from last season, using NFL Next Gen Stats.

According to Shook, to make the list, players needed to have at least 100 carries and 20 carries or more of 10-plus yards.

Aaron Jones ticked both boxes, and he ranked fifth in the NFL. According to the rankings, Jones had 25 runs of 10-plus yards, and an impressive 10.6 percent of his runs went for 10-plus yards. Also, 22.5 percent of his runs were 15-plus mph.

These stats won’t come as much of a surprise to Packers fans who watched Jones break out big play after big play all season long. He finished the year with 1,084 yards on the ground with 16 touchdowns, averaging 4.6 yards per carry.

He also caught a career-best 49 passes for 474 yards and three touchdowns, which were both also career-bests.

Jones is an explosive player and can break out a home run at any moment. And once he’s in the open field, good luck trying to slow him down, as he showed with the game-winning touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs, a 67-yard reception. After making the catch, he outran Chiefs defenders in a sprint towards the end zone.

Jones helped the Packers make it back to the playoffs and he was one of the most explosive runners in the league.