Packers: Predicting running back depth chart in 2021 season

Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Running the football is an important part of Matt LaFleur’s offense, which is why the Green Bay Packers need good depth at the position.

Ahead of the 2021 season, I predict the Packers will keep three running backs, although it will come as no surprise if they go for additional depth by also keeping a fourth running back on the roster.

Here’s how I see the running back depth chart looking for the Packers in 2021:

Packers RB depth chart predictions in 2021

  1. Aaron Jones
  2. AJ Dillon
  3. Kylin Hill

Back on a new four-year contract, Aaron Jones remains the featured back in the Packers’ offense. His ability to play on all three downs and impact the game as both a runner and receiver makes him so valuable in Matt LaFleur’s offense.

With Jamaal Williams gone, expect to see more of AJ Dillon, who is coming off an impressive rookie season despite only having a limited role. Dillon averaged 5.3 yards per carry. If he can take on a bigger role in the receiving game, there will be plenty of opportunities for Dillon in 2021.

Kylin Hill, selected in the seventh round of this year’s draft, is my choice for the Packers’ number three spot ahead of Dexter Williams. Like the other two running backs, Hill can contribute as a receiver, and that versatility should help him get snaps on offense in his first season.

LaFleur’s offense needs good depth at the running back position, which should mean all three running backs are involved. Jones will take the majority of the work, but Dillon should also see a big increase on his snap counts from last year.

A case can be made for the Packers keeping a fourth running back. Dexter Williams would be my choice in that scenario, and he will compete with Hill for a spot on the 53-man roster.