In the absence of Aaron Rodgers, it seems that the Green Bay Packers' offense will change dramatically with Jordan Love at quarterback.
Without the ability to rely on Rodgers and his playmaking abilities, the Packers are going to have to rely on someone else, Aaron Jones. How can the Packers effectively utilize Jones in 2023?
Over his tenure in Green Bay, Jones has been consistent bright spot on the offense. Despite some of his issues with holding onto the football, Jones has rushed for 5,284 rushing yards and scored 43 rushing touchdowns.
But what he doesn't get done the ground, he can get done in the air, combining for 1,843 receiving yards and 17 receiving touchdowns in his Packers career. Jones has established himself as a key player on the offense since being drafted to the team in 2017.
Packers need to rely on Aaron Jones in 2023
In order to maximize offensive output, something which struggled last season, the Packers will need to rely more heavily on Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon in the running game, while using Jones as an Alvin Kamara type receiving back to push the ball down the field.
Over his career, Jones has had an average of a 75.4% catch rate, and although those numbers are a little inflated due to him being a halfback, he has made some impressive plays down the field.
With his catch-and-run ability, Aaron Jones can be a threat down the flat or across the middle of the field. If he shares rushing snaps with AJ Dillon, then he can keep some of his energy and be another reliable receiver for Jordan Love.
His veteran presence in the locker room will also help a majority of the receivers on the offense, considering the entire wide receiving corps is all second-year players or rookies.