3 standouts and 2 duds from Packers stunning win vs. Saints in Week 3

Which players stepped up for the Packers in Week 3?

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Dud: AJ Dillon

Against the Saints, Dillon touched the ball 11 times, only producing 33 yards. With his 3.3 yards per carry against the Saints, he now sits at an average of 2.7 yards per attempt through three games.

Dillon currently holds the third-lowest yards per carry among all players with at least 30 carries, and his runs are hardly packing the thunder that the Packers were expecting or saw in his first three seasons as a pro.

More often than not, against the Saints and other opponents, Dillon is coming down on first contact and not taking the holes opened up by his linemen.

With Aaron Jones tending to an early-season injury, Dillon has not lived up to expectations as the fill-in top choice at running back.

Against the Saints, the Packers instead turned to a committee approach, featuring both Patrick Taylor and Emanuel Wilson.

Rather than Dillon, Taylor was the top choice at running back during the Packers' fourth-quarter comeback. To make matters worse, Dillon found himself on the sideline with the ball on the 2-yard line, a situation he's previously excelled at.

Dud: Guards

Due to Elgton Jenkins nursing an injury, Royce Newman stepped in at left guard while Jon Runyan Jr. filled his normal duties at right guard.

In his first start of the season, Newman is picking up where he left off in preseason: average run blocking with concerning pass blocking. He allowed four pressures against the Saints, more than Zach Tom, Rasheed Walker, and Josh Myers combined to allow (3).

After showing promise last season, 2023 has yet to be kind to Runyan Jr.

With the Packers already being the most penalized team in football, the team opened their first drive against the Saints with a holding penalty on Runyan and false start penalty on Newman on back-to-back plays.

With their current play, either player is in jeopardy of being replaced by fellow guard Sean Rhyan until Jenkins is ready to return.

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