3 moves Packers must make after Week 1 loss to Vikings

Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones
Green Bay Packers, Aaron Jones (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) /

2. Get AJ Dillon and Aaron Jones more involved

When the Packers leaned on their two running backs, they were able to move the football.

AJ Dillon led the team in receiving, making five catches for 46 yards. He also ran the ball 10 times for 45 yards and a touchdown.

Aaron Jones’ usage was more surprising. He only had eight touches in total — five carries and three receptions — for a total of 76 yards. Jones looked good when he had the ball, but the Packers didn’t use him often enough.

Dillon and Jones can carry a far bigger workload, both running the ball and in the receiving game. Jones is an excellent pass catcher, while Dillon continues to prove how underrated he is as a receiver.

With Davante Adams gone, it’s going to take the Packers a bit of time in the passing game. Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs both showed potential in Week 1 but also made some key mistakes. That’s to be expected.

In the meantime, Matt LaFleur needs to lean on his running backs. Dillon and Jones are two of the Packers’ best offensive weapons, but they weren’t given enough opportunities.

Once Green Bay fell behind by multiple scores, they too often abandoned the ground game, even when there was plenty of time remaining.

Dillon and Jones need more opportunities moving forward.