Packers: Three bold predictions for the 2021 season

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Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon
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2. AJ Dillon scores double-digit touchdowns

Another young player who could have a huge season is second-year running back AJ Dillon. With Jamaal Williams now playing in Detroit, there is a big opportunity for Dillon to earn significant playing time in Matt LaFleur’s offense.

Dillon was impressive when he did get carries last year. But with Aaron Jones and Williams on the team, there weren’t enough snaps to go around. That’s no longer the case, and Dillon is going to be the perfect partner for Jones in the backfield.

Dillon’s power makes him an excellent choice for third-and-1 or when the Packers need to punch in a touchdown from a couple of yards out. Jones is more than capable down near the goal line, but defenses are going to struggle to stop Dillon in that situation.

The way Dillon played last season, he deserved more opportunities.

Dillon averaged 5.3 yards per carry but only had more than five attempts in a single game once. In that game, which was Week 16 against the Tennessee Titans, everything he touched turned to goal as he rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns.

With an opportunity to get more carries, great things are going to happen for AJ Dillon. Get used to seeing him find the end zone.