Packers 2021 training camp preview: Running backs

Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

The Green Bay Packers‘ run game has been a strength under head coach Matt LaFleur.

We’ve seen a couple of changes to the backfield this past offseason, but number one running back Aaron Jones returns on a new deal.

What should we know about the Packers’ running back depth chart ahead of training camp?

Who’s here?

Both Jones and Jamaal Williams, the top two running backs on the depth chart last season, were set to hit free agency in March. The Packers worked out a new deal with Jones just before free agency started, but Williams went onto sign with the Detroit Lions.

Jones will lead the way again, but second-year AJ Dillon will be the frontrunner to step into Williams’ role.

To add some depth in the draft, the Packers selected Kylin Hill in the seventh round. He has a great opportunity in front of him to make the 53-man roster and secure the third spot on the depth chart.

Dexter Williams and Patrick Taylor both return and will provide competition with Hill for a roster spot.


Even without Williams, expectations should again be high for the Packers’ running backs. Green Bay’s rushing attack ranked eighth in the NFL last season, averaging 132.4 yards on the ground per game.

Jones’ Pro Bowl season was key to the Packers’ success on the ground. While they will miss Williams and his ability to play on all three downs, Dillon showed more than enough in his rookie season to believe he can see an increased role this year.

Don’t be surprised if Hill also gets some opportunities in the regular season. Matt LaFleur likes to rotate his running backs where possible and Hill is a good player. If he impresses over the summer, he could earn a backup role behind Jones and Dillon.