After being drafted in the second round in 2020 by the Green Bay Packers, AJ Dillon has had his mission in mind from the very beginning. He vowed to give everything for his team, to be the one everyone can count on, and to remain consistent regardless of the down or quarter.
Last night’s throw down against Kansas City proved to the world how valuable AJ Dillon is to this to this Packers team as he remained a respected force through the entire game. Dillon has been a staple for this offense for a while now, particularly in the 3-game win streak against playoff challengers down the road.
AJ Dillon Boosts Packers Run Game From Start To Finish
Running backs may not always get the love they deserve in outstanding games like the Packers’ win over the Chiefs on Sunday Night Primetime, but AJ Dillon didn’t care one bit, keeping himself focused and narrowed in on his role as the workhorse of this offense. In the 19-27 victory, Dillon rushed for 73 yards on 18 carries and snagged a lone catch for 14 additional yards. Though his teammates on the perimeter found the end zone for each of the Packers’ TDs, Dillon’s average of over 4 yards per carry kept the Chiefs honest with their defense and added depth to the playbook.
Christian Watson caught 2 TD passes from Jordan Love against the Chiefs, but it was AJ’s consistent work ethic that gave the Packers time to develop plays downfield and keep more players in the box. Despite only having 1 rushing TD this season, Dillon leads the Packers in yards on the ground with 521, doubling fellow RB Aaron Jones’ 245.
AJ Dillon: “That's exactly what I said the night I got drafted and we had our message for the Green Bay fans. I said I wanna be somebody who, whether it's first quarter to OT, 1st or 4th down, everybody in the stadium, everybody watching … can count on me to get the job done.” pic.twitter.com/7oqwH0tjzY
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) December 4, 2023
AJ Dillon is a true team player, stating above how it doesn’t matter what his team needs from him. He’s ready to run, block, catch, and do anything else that’s required of him. The Packers have been able to ride Dillon’s consistency to a 6-6 record after starting off 2-5. The passing game has matured, Jordan Love has made solid connections with his young receivers, and the defense has been able to rest from the clock control Green Bay has been able to demonstrate.
With eyes set on the postseason, the Packers will need number 28’s success on the ground to continue. Luckily for AJ Dillon, he has help in the backfield with other targets for the defense to focus on, especially Jayden Reed on the outside sweeps Green Bay has started to utilize.