Last season, Green Bay Packers running backs Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon combined for 2,306 yards and 17 total touchdowns with both netting over 1,000 scrimmage yards.
Jones has recorded over 4,000 total yards and 40 touchdowns in the last three seasons combined.
Dillon, nicknamed “Quadzilla”, led the Packers in rushing in 2021 despite it being only his second season. The Packers have arguably the most dynamic backfield in all of the NFL.
With receivers Davante Adams now in Las Vegas and Marquez Valdes-Scantling now in Kansas City, head coach Matt LaFleur will be looking for more production.
With the receiving skills of Jones, who finished second on the team in receptions in 2021, and the thundering ability of Dillon on the ground, could the Packers be interested in using them both on the field at the same time?
According to Andy Herman of 247Sports, both Jones and Dillon were on the field with the No. 1 offense at the first practice of mandatory minicamp last Tuesday.
This should be a scary proposition for any defense that goes up against Green Bay. It’s not just the versatility of Jones and Dillon that is elite. It’s the unpredictability of the offense as a whole.
Over the last few seasons, the Packers offense was designed for Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, along with a little Aaron Jones.
Now, they have a thunder-and-lightning duo in the backfield that can line up anywhere on the field as a threat. Then, they have a host of receivers that have their own specific jobs.
In the NFL game, it’s not necessarily about how many receptions a receiver gets. It’s about if they did their job or not.
The Packers don’t necessarily have some all-time great receiver on the roster currently. But that’s why they could very well be better and go deeper this season.
With Jones, Dillon, and the host of receivers who are all doing their own unique jobs on every play, they will not be as easy to figure out like they were when they were forcing the ball to Adams.
Oh, they also have some undisputed, first-ballot Hall-of-Fame quarterback named Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball to these options too. It is definitely fair to say that this offense will look different but will perform even better, especially in January and early February.