Aaron Jones will be in Green Bay for four more years after his recent re-signing with the Packers (Click Here for contract details). He has earned every bit of his new contract. Aaron Jones has excelled in Coach Matt Lafleur’s offensive system, and will look to do more of the same this coming season.
Aaron Jones adds so much value to this offense. Green Bay had the number one offense in the NFL last season and will want to improve again this season.
Let’s take a look at what Aaron Jones does to help this offense and how to take it to the next level in 2021.
Thunder And Lightning
Last week it seemed that the only packers running back to return for the 2021 season would be AJ Dillon.
But with the surprise re-signing of Aaron Jones, it looks the packers are primed to have one of the best and most exciting backfields in the league.
AJ Dillon (247 pounds) and Aaron Jones (208 pounds) are very different backs. It doesn’t take an NFL expert to say that. But their contrast from each other gives the Packers’ offense endless possibilities.
Dillon projects to be the power back who gets stronger as the game goes on and gets more carries. He wears down the opponent. He’s the “thunder” of the running game.
Jones brings the “lightning” to the backfield. Aaron’s ability to break any run and turn it into a touchdown is extraordinary, and his skill as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.
The Packers also use a lot of “21 personal” (Two running back sets) with Dillion and Jones and found great success with it last season. Look for that to be a significant part of the 2021 offense, especially in the red zone area.
Look for big numbers in the backfield this coming season from those two.
Aaron Jones The Wide Receiver?
In the 2020 season, Jones was third on the team in receptions with 47, behind only Davante Adams (115 receptions) and Robert Tonyan (52 receptions)
Jones has proven he is not a one-trick pony. He does everything at an exceptional level, whether that’s running the ball, catching passes out of the backfield, or lining up as a wide receiver. He is the team’s swiss army knife.
His production, catching passes lined up as a wide receiver, is unique in the NFL. There are not many offensive minds thinking to put their top back in a wide receiver spot.
His open-field ability gives the Packers many options on where to line him up at because he is a matchup nightmare for defenses.
Look for his reception total to be even higher in 2021.
Aaron Jones: The Red Zone weapon
The Packers had one of the best red zone offenses in NFL history last season. That being said, how do you improve what seemed to be perfect?
In the 2019 season, Aaron Jones had 19 total touchdowns and seemed to be a red zone scoring machine. He also played in all 16 games in 2019. In 2020, he had a total of 11 touchdowns, and the Packers’ red zone offense seemed to spread the ball more evenly to their playmakers.
But you can help but think what it would look like for Jones to get more opportunities in the red zone, like in 2019. His quick cut ability and vision to find the open hole is such a deadly combo to have in the red zone.
I believe the coaching staff might have a case to make Jones the centerpiece of next year’s Redzone offense. Causing his total touchdown number to go up from last year.
Aaron Jones, Davante Adams, and Aaron Rodgers might be the best Offensive combo in the NFL. All their abilities work so well together.
Jones made it clear he wanted to stay a Packer, and his wish was granted.
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