Aaron Jones’ Running Style Draws Zeke Comparisons
Everyone is excited about Aaron Jones. It’s hard not to be as a Packers fan. He will likely be the conversation topic for the nationally televised Thursday night game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley both had solid games versus Seattle, and while you might not think Jones is at their level, he’s drawing comparisons that make you think otherwise. Packers right guard Byron Bell compared his running style to Ezekiel Elliott. Yes, you read that right. The former Cowboys guard drew high praise for the second-year runner.
I asked Byron Bell if he's ever seen another running back hit the line of scrimmage with as much speed as Aaron Jones. This is some serious praise from Bell. #Packers found a gem: pic.twitter.com/UkPcm12e8u
— Michael Cohen (@Michael_Cohen13) November 12, 2018
Jones is a beast. We spoke his platitudes on the blog yesterday then on the podcast as well. It’s clear that his teammates see it as well. Mike Daniels compared to him to Adrian Peterson. Davante Adams said he’s always been a ‘Jones guy’ since the first time he practiced with the team. These guys all have his back. Jones appears to be the lead back. The snap counts were more what Packers fans had been hoping for in the last few weeks. He had 74% of the snaps compared to Jamaal Williams. As noted, he is becoming a star before our very eyes. Can he be established as one of the best runners by the end of the year? The jury is still out.
Green Bay will obviously need to support Jones on his quest to be great. 70% of the snaps or more is a good start. Hopefully, that trend continues against Seattle then Minnesota. And Green Bay should look to adopt the New Orleans system of relying on a run-first style and short passes with a soon-to-be Hall of Fame quarterback then spreading it deep when needed. That would be a fundamental shift for Mike McCarthy, and who knows if he would ever go for it yet this would win ball games.