Packers: Predicting three most improved positions in 2020

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2. Running back

Running back was already a strength for the Packers due to Aaron Jones last season. The star running back put up 1,558 yards from scrimmage with a league-best 19 touchdowns in 2019. He will lead the backfield again this year.

But if there was one concern at running back last season, it was depth. If Jones had to miss any time due to injury, did the Packers have enough talent on the roster to step up?

Now, they do. AJ Dillon could be a future starter for the Packers if Jones isn’t re-signed next offseason, and he has the potential to step into the number two role in the backfield and make a significant impact in his rookie year.

Dillon is no stranger to stacked boxes and a heavy workload. Dillon earned Pro Football Focus’ highest grade for running backs against heavy defensive boxes in college last season, ahead of Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor.

According to Cam Mellor of SB Nation, in his career, Dillon had 3,197 yards (2,154 after contact) and 33 touchdowns against stacked boxes.

In only three years, Dillon put up 4,382 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns at Boston College. He now joins Jones, Jamaal Williams, and Tyler Ervin in the Packers’ backfield. Green Bay could dominate on the ground this season.