Packers: Aaron Jones in top five of PFF running back rankings for 2020

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images) /

Packers running back Aaron Jones is in the top five of Pro Football Focus’ top 25 RB rankings for 2020.

Last season, Aaron Jones showed why he’s one of the best running backs in the NFL.

Jones played a key role in the Green Bay Packers‘ offense, making big plays not only between the tackles, but also as a receiver.

Jones would lead the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 16, finishing with 19 total touchdowns in the regular season. He then added four more in just two playoff games.

Entering a contract year, Jones is one of the top RBs in the league entering the 2020 season.

Ben Linsey of Pro Football Focus has ranked the top 25 running backs in the NFL ahead of the new season. Jones comes in at number five. That puts him ahead of some great running backs including Ezekiel Elliott and Dalvin Cook.

But it’s also not surprising. Jones makes Green Bay’s offense better when he’s on the field. And with his explosiveness, if a defender misses one tackle, Jones often makes them pay and takes it to the house.

The Packers will soon need to make a decision about whether to offer Jones a contract extension or not. While they did draft AJ Dillon in the second round of April’s draft, they could still look to bring back Jones in 2021. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, re-signing Jones is a priority for the Packers after they worked out a new deal with Kenny Clark.

Jones deserves a new contract. He’s got better each season, averages an impressive five yards per carry in his career, and has become a big factor in the receiving game.

Jones is a game-winning running back, as we saw plenty of times throughout the 2019 season. And it’s no surprise to see him in the top five of Pro Football Focus’ running back rankings for 2020.