Aaron Jones

Aaron Jones

27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Green Bay Packers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Jones entered last season firmly atop the depth chart in Green Bay ahead of AJ Dillon, but by the end of 2021 the duo found themselves locked in a timeshare. It was a productive arrangement, as both backs finished with more than 1,100 scrimmage yards and combined for 17 total touchdowns, but in Jones' case those numbers represented a big step back from his prior two campaigns. The 27-year-old offers a different athletic package than Dillon, as his main assets are elusiveness and speed rather than pure power and size, but they both possess three-down skill sets which makes them fairly interchangeable in the Packers' scheme. Jones also wasn't quite as dangerous with the ball in his hands. After finishing second in the league in yards after contact per carry in 2020 at 2.9, he fell back to 12th at 2.3 yards per carry. While the two backs aren't likely to see different roles in 2022 with offensive line coach Adam Stenovich taking over as offensive coordinator from Nathaniel Hackett, there is reason to think both RBs could see their volume increase. With Green Bay losing Davante Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, replacing them with Sammy Watkins and second-round pick Christian Watson, Aaron Rodgers could shift more of his targets to his backfield, something that would bode well for Jones after he set career highs in receptions and TD catches last year. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Packers in March of 2021.
Agrees to contract restructure
RBGreen Bay Packers
February 24, 2022
Jones restructured his contract with the Packers on Thursday to create roughly $3 million in cap space for the 2022 season, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Green Bay converted $3.85 million of Jones' salary for 2022 into a signing bonus and added two voidable years to the deal. The news comes one day after Kenny Clark agreed to a similarly significant restructure, moves which may signal the team's intention to keep its current roster relatively intact and target another playoff run. Looking ahead to the 2022 campaign, Jones once again stands to be deployed as one of the Packers' top offensive playmakers while sharing backfield work with teammate AJ Dillon.
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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 %
17.5%
 
Positive Run %
84.2%
 
% Yds After Contact
62.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.9
 
Rushing TD %
2.3%
 
Touches Per Game
14.9
 
% Snaps w/Touch
40.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.9
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.05
 
% Team Air Yards
0.7%
 
% Team Targets
11.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.4 Yds
 
Catch Rate
80.0%
 
Drop Rate
6.2%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.2
 
% Targeted On Route
20.4%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.23
 
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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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122 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Paces pass catchers in loss
RBGreen Bay Packers
January 22, 2022
Jones rushed 12 times for 41 yards and brought in nine of 10 targets for 129 yards during the Packers' 13-10 loss to the 49ers in their NFC divisional-round matchup on Saturday night.
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Opens week with full practice
RBGreen Bay Packers
January 18, 2022
Jones (knee) practiced fully Tuesday.
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Returns to practice
RBGreen Bay Packers
Knee
January 12, 2022
Jones (knee) practiced Wednesday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
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Taking seat in Week 18
RBGreen Bay Packers
Knee
January 9, 2022
Jones (knee) is listed as inactive Sunday at Detroit, Mike Spofford of the Packers official site reports.
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Listed as questionable
RBGreen Bay Packers
Knee
January 7, 2022
Jones (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
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