Can Aaron Jones Shoulder the Load?

The Green Bay Packers are finally going to have a new offense in the works for the 2019 NFL season. With the hiring of former Titans offensive coordinator Matt LeFleur, the Packers will look to establish the run similar to how Tennessee relied on the likes of Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis this past season. However, with future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers under center, there will always be the possibility for the Packers to drop back pass for about 70% of their offensive snaps. Since 2016, the Packers have been top-8 in the NFL in passing play percentage(teamranking.com). But, with emerging talent in the backfield such as year-3 back Aaron Jones, will the Packers run the ball more often? Also, can they trust Aaron Jones to carry the load for the entire season?

Jones has all the talent in the world, as shown by his league-leading yards per attempt of 5.5yds in his 24 career games (pro-football-reference.com). But, he’s yet to play a full season thanks to a suspension and nagging injuries that even forced him onto the IR last December. Jones has only toted the rock 15+ times in a game 5 times over the course of 2 NFL seasons; so, we have yet to see Jones handle a full workload. But it’s not all worrisome! In those 5 games that Jones rushed 15+ times, he had at least 125 yards in 3 of them.

We can see that Jones can be a problem for opposing defenses when given the opportunity. Will he get said opportunity now that there is a new regime in Green Bay? Are the Packers going to continue being one of the most pass-happy teams simply because Aaron Rodgers is still leading the offense? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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