Green Bay Packers running back AJ Dillon had a breakout second season.
With changes made at wide receiver this offseason, the Packers may need to lean on their ground game more than ever.
That is good news for Dillon, who could be set for another huge season.
Dillon didn’t miss a single game in the regular season. He had 187 attempts for 803 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. He also made 34 catches for 313 yards and two touchdowns. That’s over 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns from scrimmage.
2021 season review
The Packers re-signed Aaron Jones but lost Jamaal Williams in free agency last season. It was the exact reason why they drafted Dillon in the first place. They knew they would need him in year two.
And Dillon delivered.
With his powerful running and ability to break tackles, Dillon became a nightmare for opposing defenders.
According to Pro Football Reference, Dillon forced 17 missed tackles on rushes, which ranked 11th in the NFL. Of his 187 carries, an impressive 50 went for first downs.
Dillon showed his impressive rushing ability, but also his pass-catching. He caught 34 of 37 targets and didn’t have a single drop.
According to Pro Football Focus, Dillon’s 90.1 rushing grade led all running backs with a minimum of 400 snaps.
A fantastic season.
Will he make the roster?
What to expect in 2022
Dillon and Jones split the carries almost exactly in half last season. We could see more of the same in 2022.
The duo could see more touches. With a new-look wide receiver room, the Packers may need to lean on their ground game more frequently.
The good news is that they have two running backs capable of taking on a bigger role.
Dillon improved in every area of his game last season. Entering year three, Dillon is set for another great season with the Packers.