The Green Bay Packers and Aaron Jones seem to have mutual interest in reaching a deal.
Jones is set to be a free agent after the 2020 season, and Green Bay selected a running back in the second round of April’s draft. That seems to be an ominous combination regarding Jones’ future with the team, but that might not be the case.
In an article published during the week, ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported that Jones’ agent has had contract talks with Green Bay. The agent said they would continue to talk.
Jones also spoke with reporters via a Zoom call and said he wants to be a Packer for life.
“Whether it’s my first year or my last year on a deal, I’m going to be just as motivated,” Jones told reporters Wednesday in a Zoom call, per ESPN. “It doesn’t change just because a contract is on the line for me. I mean, I’m going to continue to work and do everything in my power. I trust my agency and the Packers. With that, I would love to be a lifelong Packer. That’s my take on that.”
Jones was a fifth-round pick by the Packers out of UTEP in 2017. In 2019, he had 1,084 rushing yards, 474 receiving yards, and 19 total touchdowns, which tied for the league lead. The Packers still took Boston College product A.J. Dillon in the second round to work in the mix.
Aaron Jones had a huge game in the Green Bay Packers’ Week 5 win over the Dallas Cowboys, but he didn’t exactly carry that over into Week 6.
Jones had an absolutely ugly drop on a perfect pass from Aaron Rodgers that should have resulted in a touchdown for the Packers in the second quarter Monday night against the Detroit Lions. Take a look at this horrible drop:
That should have been a 33-yard touchdown catch for Jones. The Packers continued to possess the ball and probably should have been limited to three points, but a dumb penalty by the Lions helped them extend the drive. They ended up scoring a touchdown anyhow.
Jones had scored in four straight games entering Monday night, including a 4-touchdown outburst against Dallas where Jones did some taunting on the way into the end zone.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones received a fine for taunting Dallas Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones during his huge game last week. While it may not have been worth it, he does seem to have enjoyed it.
The running back mockingly waved to Byron Jones as he headed into the end zone on Sunday, and the NFL fined him $10,527 for his actions. While he didn’t exactly think it was worth the cost, he did get something beneficial out of it.
Jones ran for 107 yards and scored four touchdowns against the Cowboys. A few more performances like that and he won’t be missing $10,000.
Aaron Jones didn’t just put up a huge game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday. He decided to rub it in as well.
Jones scored three touchdowns in the first 2.5 quarters of the game to give his Green Bay Packers a 24-0 lead midway through the third quarter. As the Packers running back turned the corner for a 5-yard touchdown in the third, he trolled Cowboys cornerback Byron Jones with a wave:
That’s impressive. The guy can turn the corner and wave at the same time — and he didn’t even fumble.
Jones had 10 carries for 71 yards and three touchdowns on the ground to that point, as well as six catches for 68 yards.
Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones suffered an MCL injury Sunday against the Chicago Bears, but it does not appear serious.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Jones, who left Sunday’s game and did not return, suffered an MCL sprain that is not considered major.
That’s a relief for the Packers, as Jones clearly has a bright future and has won the faith of his quarterback. He has 728 rushing yards on the season, a tally that could be much higher had his day not been cut short against Chicago. His status for Week 16 is unclear, but with the Packers eliminated from playoff contention, they probably won’t push him more than they need to.
The NFL season is already halfway complete, which means the margin for error is getting slimmer by the day for teams teetering on the cusp of playoff contention. Many of those teams will need one or more players to step up if they want to reach the postseason.
With the exception of the NFC West, where the Los Angeles Rams and their 9-1 record have a comfortable lead over the Seattle Seahawks, most divisions are up for grabs. Here are 10 players who can help carry their teams to a postseason berth over the second half of the season:
Marcus Mariota, QB, Titans
Mariota played poorly for a stretch earlier this season, but it seems obvious that his struggles were a product of his elbow injury. Over Tennessee’s past two games, Mariota has a passer rating of 122.5 and has thrown for 468 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. His accuracy has improved with his health, and the Titans won back-to-back games because of it. Sunday’s win over the Patriots was a statement victory, and it was one of Mariota’s best games of the season. Fans have been waiting patiently for the former No. 2 overall pick to make the leap, and we may finally be witnessing him doing just that.
The lack of a consistent running game has contributed to some of the struggles the Green Bay Packers have had on offense over the last two seasons, but Aaron Jones may be well on his way to solving that problem. His MVP quarterback certainly seems to think so.
On the heels of Jones rushing for 145 yards and two touchdowns in a win over the Miami Dolphins, Rodgers spoke about the important role the running back has played in moving the chains and in red zone situations.
Jones, who was suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, is averaging 6.8 yards per carry on the season. His touches have significantly increased over the past four games, and he’s making the most of them. Jamaal Williams, who began the season as the starter, has all but been phased out of the running game.
Green Bay’s offense is nowhere near as explosive as it used to be, and Jones can help change that if he continues to play at a high level.