Packers 2020 roster preview: AJ Dillon set for big role in offense

AJ Dillon (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
AJ Dillon (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images) /

AJ Dillon could make a big impact in his first season with the Packers.

No matter how surprising the Green Bay Packers‘ decision to draft a running back in the second round was, there’s no doubting AJ Dillon’s potential in this offense.

A complement to Aaron Jones rather than a replacement, Dillon could be the missing piece for Green Bay’s ground game to reach the next level.

Here’s a look back at his 2019 stats at Boston College, as well as a look ahead to his first season with the Packers.

2019 stats

In his final year at Boston College, Dillon had 318 attempts for 1,685 yards and 14 touchdowns. He had 13 receptions for 195 yards and a touchdown.

Odds of making roster: 100 percent

The Packers’ second-round pick will be a key part of their plans on offense this season, so there’s no doubt he’ll make the 53-man roster.

What to expect in 2020?

I expect Dillon to contribute right away and have a significant role early on. It’s entirely possible he jumps ahead of Jamaal Williams on the depth chart if he can put together a strong training camp and preseason.

I’m also excited to see the impact he can make, particularly when we reach December and the cold weather returns. The Packers needed a powerful back who can dominate defenses late in the season.

According to Pro Football Focus, Dillon had 3,039 yards after contact during his career at Boston College. Yes, you read that right. After contact.

Aaron Jones is a star, he’s incredible at making defenders miss tackles and breaking out big plays, but Dillon’s power should make life even easier for Jones. Dillon can wear down defenses, which is bad news when Jones has the ball in his hands. This tandem could quickly become one of the best in the NFC and a lot of fun to watch.

It’s surprising to see how many draft analysts didn’t like this pick. Surprising? Yes. But when football begins, the round you’re selected in no longer matters. Dillon can be a great addition to this offense.