Green Bay Packers fans were left with a familiar question during the team's ugly loss to the Minnesota Vikings: Where is Aaron Jones?
Jones is still working his way back from a hamstring issue, but he had only seven carries in Week 8. His lack of usage is baffling.
When he did get opportunities, Jones made them count. He rushed for 29 yards from seven attempts at 4.1 yards per carry. In comparison, AJ Dillon managed just 11 yards from six carries, an average of 1.8 yards per attempt.
Matt LaFleur's refusal to use his star running back still makes no sense, and even Jones' brother wants answers.
Packers coach Matt LaFleur under fire for Aaron Jones' lack of carries
Jones' twin brother and former NFL linebacker, Alvin, took a shot at LaFleur following the game.
It's a fair question. Giving Jones seven carries isn't going to help this offense. If Jones isn't healthy enough to play more snaps, he shouldn't be active. Give him time to get to 100 percent. If he's playing, he needs more opportunities.
The Packers' poor run blocking is a major issue, but Jones is the only running back on the roster capable of making plays regardless. AJ Dillon is consistently met behind the line of scrimmage. It's not his fault, but he lacks the explosiveness Jones has to pick up positive yardage even when the blocking isn't great.
Green Bay went three-and-out on its opening four possessions. Jones had two carries for eight yards. A third attempt went for another five yards, but a penalty wiped it out.
The Packers are struggling to find any offensive rhythm, especially early in games. Jones should be part of the solution. Give him the ball early and often, and he will help the Packers move the chains, creating opportunities for Jordan Love.
Alvin Jones is just as frustrated as the rest of us. Why does Matt LaFleur refuse to get the ball to his best player?
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