5. Aaron Jones
The only offensive player making his way onto the list is Aaron Jones. And it’s no secret why.
Jamaal Williams did a fantastic job in place of an injured Jones. He ran hard and caught the ball well out of the backfield. But the Packers offense is much better with Jones in it. The tempo of the team picks up a few notches and Aaron Rodgers sees a less crowded field to throw into.
The Packers’ trio of Jones, Rodgers, and Davante Adams hasn’t been on the field much together so far this season. Adams was injured in week two and missed the next few games. Shortly after Adams returned, Jones injured his calf in practice and missed the next two.
Much has been made about the Packers’ lack of weapons, with good reason. But when those three are on the field together, everyone else around them gets raised a few notches. And Jones seems to be the ignitor that makes the machine go.
Keeping Jones healthy will be paramount for the Packers moving forward but they cannot underuse Jones as well.
Seeding will be very important for the Packers especially if there is an extra team in the playoffs this year. With only one bye week, which is given to the top seed, it would be extremely helpful for the Packers to secure it.
The team had a very early bye and injuries will happen. An extra week of rest heading into the playoffs could be the difference in a deep run or an early exit.
The Packers are facing another winnable game. But this is the NFL and anything can happen on any given Sunday. The team cannot look ahead and must give all they got to the Jaguars to come out with the win.