Five things Packers need to address in the bye week

Green Bay Packers, Matt LaFleur (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon
Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

4. Find a bigger role for AJ Dillon

Considering the Packers are ranked fourth in rushing offense after four games, they’re clearly doing a lot right. The 1-2 punch of Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams is even better than last year. Jones has 374 rushing yards and four touchdowns, Williams 108 yards after four games.

They’re also big factors in the passing game: Jones has 15 catches for 135 yards and two touchdowns this season, Williams 13 catches for 119 yards.

Despite the Packers’ success on the ground this season, it’s somewhat surprising we haven’t seen more from second-round pick AJ Dillon. This year, Dillon has just eight carries for 34 yards. He’s made some nice runs with a long of 12 yards, and I’m interested to see how he’d do with a bigger workload.

Concerns over his receiving work and pass protection are likely why we haven’t seen Dillon get more snaps. In time, he’ll improve in these areas. But Dillon is a big, powerful running back who can contribute this season. While Dillon might not be the pass-catcher Jones or Williams are, he is still a capable receiver.

Another reason to give Dillon more opportunities is it helps keep Jones and Williams fresh for later in the season, something Matt LaFleur has said he wants to do.

LaFleur’s offense is on fire both through the air and on the ground. Green Bay has a deep, talented backfield, but getting Dillon more involved after the bye could help this offense get even better.