Yet again, AJ Dillon was a key player on offense for the Green Bay Packers in 2022.
Was Dillon able to back up an excellent 2021 season?
And could the former second-round pick become the Packers’ number one running back next year?
2022 season review
Statistically, Dillon’s 2022 season looked pretty similar to last year. Here is the comparison:
- Dillon in 2021: 187 carries, 803 yards, five touchdowns, 4.3 yards per attempt
- Dillon in 2022: 186 carries, 770 yards, seven touchdowns, 4.1 yards per attempt
Dillon had one fewer carry and 33 less yards than the season prior, but he scored two more rushing touchdowns.
His best work came in the final six games of the season, and that’s where he’s needed the most. As the weather gets colder, Dillon can dominate. Tackling him at a frozen Lambeau Field is not an easy task.
In the final six games of the season, Dillon had 69 attempts for 303 yards and six touchdowns. Six of his seven rushing touchdowns of the year came in the final six games.
However, there were some areas where Dillon was unable to match his 2021 production.
The former second-round pick was slightly less involved in the receiving game, making 28 catches for 206 yards.
According to Pro Football Reference, Dillon only broke six tackles, compared to 17 last season.
Still, it was another good season for Dillon, who continues to play a key role on offense for the Packers.
AJ Dillon enters the final year of his rookie contract in 2023.
Aaron Jones remains under contract next season, but due to his cap hit, there’s a possibility the Packers could consider moving on. That would lead to an increased role for Dillon.
Dillon will again have an important role to play next season, especially when the weather gets colder at Lambeau Field. And he could be playing for a new long-term deal in 2024.