Packers: Predicting running back depth chart in 2020

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Predicting the Packers’ running back depth chart in 2020.

After adding AJ Dillon the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, how could the Green Bay Packers‘ running back depth chart look this season?

Depth is crucial at this position given Matt LaFleur’s commitment to the ground game. Running back is set to be one of the deepest positions on the roster this year.

Here is my prediction for the depth chart this season:

Packers RB depth chart predictions

  1. Aaron Jones
  2. AJ Dillon
  3. Jamaal Williams
  4. Tyler Ervin

Let’s first talk about the player not in the top four, second-year Dexter Williams. He’ll provide competition at training camp and it’s possible he could make the 53-man roster and compete for carries. I have Williams just missing out on a roster spot but that could all change if he impresses during training camp and the preseason. The Packers could also decide to stick with five running backs.

Aaron Jones will be the featured back as expected, but how his role changes from last season will be interesting to see. Will Matt LaFleur give him a similar number of carries, or will the addition of AJ Dillon change things?

Dillon is going to make an impact. There’s a reason why the Packers selected him in the second round. They believe he can make a difference, which is why I expect him to be number two on the depth chart and take on a big share of the carries this season.

Jamaal Williams will still have a role in each game but his snap count could decrease. But the Packers want to run the football so that depth will be crucial as Kyle Shanahan’s run-first offense in San Francisco shows us.

Tyler Ervin brings some versatility on offense. He can be used on jet sweeps and catch passes out of the backfield, but his main job will be to set the Packers up in good field position on special teams.