Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Green Bay Packers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Jones put together another excellent season in 2020 despite missing a couple games with a calf strain, setting a career high in rushing yards while hitting 5.5 yards per carry for the third time in four years. Strong in all areas of the game, the 26-year-old runs with power and purpose and possesses the agility and speed to turn any opening into a big gain, or simply create his own yards (he finished second among RBs in average yards after contact). Jones is also a solid pass catcher and pass protector, which has earned him Aaron Rodgers' trust. After signing a four-year deal this offseason to return to Green Bay, Jones could be poised to take on a larger role in the backfield, as fellow free-agent Jamaal Williams joined the Lions. Williams was a jack-of-all-trades who could handle snaps in every situation, while Jones' new backup, 2020 second-round pick AJ Dillon, is better suited for early downs and short-yardage work. That change in the Packers' backfield mix, plus Rodgers' tendency to look for Davante Adams at the goal line, puts one more obstacle in the way of Jones returning to double-digit rushing touchdowns, but it could also mean more work in the passing game. Read Past Outlooks
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#10.25
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$Signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Packers in March of 2021.
Ten carries in return
RBGreen Bay Packers
November 28, 2021
Jones rushed the ball 10 times for 23 yards in Sunday's 36-28 win over the Rams. He was also targeted once but did not record a reception.
ANALYSIS
Jones returned from a one-game absence after suffering an MCL sprain in Week 10. He received the first carry of the game for the Packers and saw eight carries in the first half as opposed to six for AJ Dillon. However, Dillon was used extensively in the second half as the Packers tried to run out the clock, and Dillon ultimately earned 20 carries compared to 10 for Jones. When given the opportunity, Jones wasn't particularly effective as he averaged only 2.3 yards per carry, with his longest rush going for eight yards. When asked about the running back situation after the game, head coach Matt LaFleur called the backfield a "1A and 1B" situation," Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.
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How do Aaron Jones' 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
13.5%
 
Positive Run %
82.7%
 
% Yds After Contact
61.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.6
 
Rushing TD %
2.3%
 
Touches Per Game
15.5
 
% Snaps w/Touch
40.1%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.03
 
% Team Air Yards
0.4%
 
% Team Targets
12.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
77.1%
 
Drop Rate
6.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.4
 
% Targeted On Route
0.7%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.04
 
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42435%
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30626%
8131%
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161%
145%
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Overall QB Rating Against
94.1
 
Cornerbacks
95.6
 
Safeties
111.5
 
Linebackers
68.2
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Aaron Jones' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 9"
 
Weight
208 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.56 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.20 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.82 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.5 in
 
Broad Jump
127 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
32.50 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Jones finally avoided the injury bug in 2019, and the result was a breakout campaign that saw him tie Derrick Henry for the league lead in rushing TDs with 16. At 5-9, 208, Jones doesn't have truly elite traits as a runner, but his power, speed and balance are above average and allow him to survive first contact and keep going. Last year, Jones ranked second in broken tackle rate (one for every 7.4 carries), a huge increase from 2018 (41st, one for every 22.2 carries). He's also become an asset as a receiver, setting career highs in targets, catches and receiving yards last year, with his 7.0 YPT ranking fifth among 19 running backs with at least 50 targets. With Aaron Rodgers still efficient but slipping into the twilight of his career, Matt LaFleur's offense will continue to find ways to get the ball out of the quarterback's hand quickly while also prioritizing the run game. Jones remains the clear centerpiece of that rushing attack, but the Packers also seem to be fond of Jamaal Williams, and they just used a second-round pick on 247-pound bruiser AJ Dillon. Already a leading candidate for negative TD regression, Jones could take an especially huge hit if Dillon gets some of the goal-line carries.
Jones missed four games for a second consecutive season last year, once again looking like the Packers' most dangerous runner when he was healthy. The seven-game stretch after Green Bay's Week 7 bye highlighted his potential. Despite not getting more than 17 carries in any of those games as part of an offense still firmly in Aaron Rodgers' hands, Jones produced 5.5 YPC and scored seven rushing TDs while averaging 76 yards per game. His most impressive trait as a runner might be sheer stubbornness. The Texas-El Paso product has enough power and balance to survive first contact and enough speed to exploit the space he finds on the other side of it. Jones rarely dances around when he senses there are yards to be gained --- his rushing efficiency (the percentage of his running that was actually forward rather than sideline-to-sideline or backward) ranked sixth in the league. He'll head into the season firmly atop the Packers' depth chart, and while new coach Matt LaFleur has a quarterback-friendly reputation, his resume includes systems that made stars of running backs as well. Assuming he doesn't miss a quarter of the season again, Jones should see a significant workload as the team tries to keep its aging franchise quarterback upright
The Packers backfield was a merry-go-round in 2017, with one player after another getting a shot at the lead role before disappearing around the bend. Jones got his chance Week 4 and seemed to be the answer, rushing for 346 yards and three TDs with 5.6 YPC over the next four games. Aaron Rodgers' broken clavicle during that stretch brought the entire offense to a grinding halt, and Jones suffered a knee injury Week 10 that limited him in the second half. At 5-9, 208, the UTEP product doesn't have breakaway speed (4.56 40), but his low center of gravity and balance make him difficult to bring down. Just as he did in college, he showed a penchant for big plays last season, with six runs of 20 yards or more on 81 carries. He also drew some praise for his pass blocking but didn't get many chances as a receiver. An October arrest led to a two-game suspension to start this season, so Jamaal Williams and Ty Montgomery will fight for touches Weeks 1 and 2. Jones will be available Week 3, but there's no guarantee he returns to a sizable role.
Jones joins a Packers backfield in need of depth behind Ty Montgomery after both Eddie Lacy and James Starks left in the offseason. The 5-9, 208-pound spark plug put together an impressive athletic performance at the Combine that backed up his reputation as a big-play threat for Texas-El Paso after he broke a run of 40-plus yards in eight different games last season. Jones was also used heavily in the passing game, catching 67 balls in 26 games over his final three years, although he doesn't appear to be an instinctive receiver. A physical runner, he's more inclined to try and break tackles than avoid defenders, a trait that could serve him well as a short-yardage and goal-line complement to Montgomery and allow him to thrive in a Packers system that got the most out of players like Starks.
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Back in action Sunday
RBGreen Bay Packers
November 28, 2021
Jones (knee) is listed as active Sunday against the Rams, Mike Spofford of the Packers' official site reports.
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Being treated as game-time call
RBGreen Bay Packers
Knee - MCL
November 28, 2021
The Packers are continuing to view Jones (knee) as a true game-time decision leading up to Sunday's game against the Rams, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Will likely be game-time decision
RBGreen Bay Packers
Knee - MCL
November 27, 2021
Jones' (knee) availability for Sunday's contest against the Rams is expected to be a game-time decision, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Listed as questionable
RBGreen Bay Packers
Knee - MCL
November 26, 2021
Jones (knee) will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.
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Remains limited Thursday
RBGreen Bay Packers
Knee - MCL
November 25, 2021
Jones (knee) was listed as limited on Thursday's injury report, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.
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