RB1 – Aaron Jones
The Packers’ fifth-round draft pick back in 2017 has cemented himself at the top of the depth chart as the clear RB1, and due to his versatility, become one of the most valuable players on the entire offense. Despite the Packers’ “committee approach” that will very much feature more than one running back, his role at the top of the depth chart is unquestioned.
Last season, Aaron Jones led the team in rushing (1,104 yards) on an extraordinary 5.5 yards per carry. Not to mention, the UTEP product was third on the team in receptions with 47 and an additional 355 yards receiving for a total of 11 touchdowns. Simply put, he was/is integral to the Packers offense.
Production wise, expect more of the same from Jones, just expect it to come with a slightly reduced workload on the ground. Due to the team’s added depth, they would be wise to spread out the carries a little bit more to keep each back as fresh as possible.
Overall, I still think Jones gets a similar amount of touches, just more screens and short passes to get him the ball in space. Jones is going to continue to be vital to the team’s success so expect them to lighten his rushing load some to preserve him for late in the season.