Packers 2021 roster preview: Aaron Jones key to success of offense
The Green Bay Packers don’t often sign running backs to second contracts, but the fact they did with Aaron Jones shows how valuable he is to their offense.
Given the team’s tough salary cap situation, it seemed difficult for the Packers to bring back Jones, but they found a way.
Now Green Bay’s star running back returns on a new deal and will be aiming to hit 1,000 yards rushing for the third straight season.
Jones had 201 rushing attempts, finishing the season with 1,104 yards and nine touchdowns, despite missing two games due to injury.
While Jones didn’t find the end zone three million times like he did the season prior, it was another great year for the Packers’ star running back. Despite playing in two fewer games than in 2019, Jones set a new career-best for rushing yards and his yards-per-carry average also took a big jump.
Coincidentally, Jones averaged 5.5 yards per attempt for the third time in his four seasons with the Packers.
As always, Jones was one of the most important players on offense for the Packers, not only between the tackles but as a receiver. And he made some key plays throughout the season, such as his 77-yard touchdown run to seal the win against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 13.
Will he make the roster?
Absolutely zero doubt about this. Jones signed a four-year contract worth $48 million earlier this offseason.
What to expect in 2021
Jones has played a huge role in Matt LaFleur’s offense the past two years and has been outstanding. Since 2019, Jones has 437 rushing attempts for 2,188 yards (5.0 yards per carry) and 25 touchdowns. He’s also caught 96 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns.
That’s 30 total touchdowns in just two seasons, and that’s before we factor in Jones’ playoff numbers.
His role should be similar again this season. Jamaal Williams is no longer on the team but second-year AJ Dillon should see more snaps.
Jones will have a featured role again in 2021 and will be looking to earn his second Pro Bowl selection in as many years.