The Green Bay Packers are coming off of an impressive 2019 season that saw them finish the regular season with a 13-3 record. They then made a run to the NFC Championship Game, where they promptly were dominated by the San Francisco 49ers by a final score of 37-20.
Offensively, the Packers showed promise under first-year head coach Matt LaFleur. He appeared to have a great working relationship with Aaron Rodgers and there is a lot of excitement about that moving forward.
Aaron Jones was one of the biggest breakout players in the NFL in 2019. He carried the football 236 times for 1,084 yards and 16 touchdowns. In addition to his rushing numbers, Jones also caught 49 passes for 474 yards and three touchdowns.
While those numbers are amazing, LaFleur seems interested in cutting some of the workload for Jones. He was asked at the NFL Draft Combine about Jones being a workhorse, but his answer may shock some people.
ESPN’s Matthew Berry shared more on LaFleur’s stance about Jones and the Packers’ ground game.
Matt LaFleur was asked whether Aaron Jones showed something this past season, especially when Jamaal Williams went down with an injury, and whether Jones could handle a bigger workload. Could Jones be a workhorse? LaFleur said not only did they need “both guys” (meaning Jones and Williams) but that ideally they’d add a third.
Green Bay could be in the market for a running back this offseason. That’s right, the Packers could be looking to spread even more carries between Jones, Williams, and a third back.
Fans won’t like to hear this bit of news. They have been clamoring for Jones to be utilized as a workhorse. Now, there is a chance that he will receive even fewer touches?
Things are going to be interesting in Green Bay this offseason. If the Packers are in the market for a running back, there are a few quality options in free agency, or they could look for a young talent in the 2020 NFL Draft.