Let’s Slow Down the Aaron Jones Hype
Aaron Jones is the most popular player on the Green Bay Packers at this moment. Why? He looked like the one player that could save this offense and keep them humming at a nice whilst their star quarterback was out with an injury. Jones looked really good in his two starts against Dallas and New Orleans rushing for over 100 yards in both those games. But should we all slow down a little bit when it comes to thinking Jones can save this team? He isn’t exactly doing this against the best front sevens in the NFL.
Jones is taking advantage of playing against some of the worst run defenses in football. It’s a great way to snatch an opportunity away from Ty Montgomery who only saw seven snaps in Sunday’s loss. Per Football Outsiders through Week 6, Dallas is 32nd in the league against the run using DVOA, and New Orleans isn’t much better at 24th. These are not powerhouse front sevens that we’ve seen from either team. Jones still could be really good, but it’s fair to wonder if the lanes are more open for him considering the opponents.
All being said, it’s hard not to get excited about Jones’ potential because you can see it against bad rushing defenses. He powers through the second level, break tackles, elusive on first contact which are all things that great running backs do on a regular basis. The other thing that could propel Jones the rest of the way is a focused run-first attack by the Packers with one of the better offensive lines in football. If the line stays healthy, they could be a huge factor in keeping the season afloat the rest of the way.
The fact Green Bay has a legitimate option at running back is enough to be excited about considering what’s been on this roster for the last several years. Therefore, I feel fans want to anoint Jones as the next great one, but we’re not there yet with him.