Everything Josh Jacobs said in first Packers press conference

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Josh Jacobs is officially a Green Bay Packers player. It's still hard to believe.

It has been quite the week for the Packers. From the pain of losing a franchise legend in Aaron Jones to the joy of landing one of the league's best running backs, it has been a rollercoaster ride.

Green Bay's new-look running back room is beginning to take shape. The Packers surprisingly re-signed AJ Dillon to a team-friendly contract. Dillon holds the backup job unless Brian Gutekunst adds competition in the draft, which remains a possibility, considering the risk-free deal the Packers offered Dillon.

Jacobs leads the way and is a perfect fit for Matt LaFleur's offense. His arrival puts defenses in a tough spot. Do they stack the box to limit Jacobs on the ground? Doing so will create passing lanes for Jordan Love and Green Bay's deep receiving group. However, if teams are more worried about dropping into coverage, the Packers have a running back who can make them pay.

On Friday, the Packers introduced new signings, Jacobs and Xavier McKinney, who both spoke to reporters.

Jacobs answered questions about why he chose the Packers, getting to play with Jordan Love, and reuniting with McKinney and Rich Bisaccia.

Everything Josh Jacobs said in opening press conference with Packers

Why did he choose the Packers?

"I had a few to choose from. Ultimately, it came down to what I've seen and what I felt like I believed in this team, the history of this organization, and feeling like I'm wanted by an organization," said Jacobs.

"Young quarterback, young skill guys, good offensive line. For a running back, you can't load the box. And when you do, you've still got guys that can move people around. That's the thing that excited me the most."

On Jordan Love

"I was telling people when we were scouting them from playing them last year, I've seen him make some throws a lot of people can't do. Running backwards on one foot and slinging it on a dime. That kind of got me excited," Jacobs said.

"To see the way he throws the ball effortlessly and the grit he plays with. I'm very excited to play with him."

On reuniting with former Alabama teammate Xavier McKinney

"We still talk all the time. For me to be able to come here with him, we were talking about it last night—this is special," said Jacobs.

On reuniting with Packers special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia

"Man, Coach Bisaccia. Not going to lie, he was one of the main reasons that I wanted to come here, too," Jacobs said. "We've always had a tight relationship. That year he was head coach, we had a lot of real conversations. We sat down and talked about life and everything. To be able to be around him and that energy he has every day, I think it's going to be fun."

On replacing Aaron Jones

"I actually know Aaron, so I already know what kind of guy he is—a great dude, and he's a legend around here," said Jacobs. "I don't really consider myself coming in and replacing what he's done. I just want to hold that standard."

Will Josh Jacobs wear the No. 8 jersey, which belongs to Sean Clifford?

"It's still in the works," said Jacobs. "If I can get 8, I'll make it worth it for [Sean Clifford]. If not, I'm good either way."

Jacobs is a big-time addition to the Packers' offense, and it was great to hear him speak about the organization, Love, and what it means to play in Green Bay. He will quickly become a fan favorite and can help the offense reach an even higher level in 2024.

While Jacobs is a strong runner who can wear down defenses, his pass-catching is an underrated part of his game. The former first-round pick has 1,448 career receiving yards and could reach new heights in Green Bay. Jacobs said he told LaFleur he wants to be more involved in the receiving game, and there's a good chance he will get that opportunity in this offense, especially with Aaron Jones gone.

Listening to Jacobs was great, but it only made us wish September would come around sooner. He is going to be fun to watch in Green Bay.

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