OVERVIEW Aaron and his twin brother, Alvin, were El Paso kids that weren't highly rated, so staying around home made sense. It's worked out well for UTEP, as Alvin has led the team in tackles the past two years while Aaron amassed over 4,000 rushing yards during his career. Aaron led the Miners with 811 yards as a freshman, scoring four times, even though he missed three games due to a broken rib. Healthy throughout 2014, he earned second-team All-Conference USA honors with 1,321 yards (5.5...
These last two picks are head scratchers. 7th rnd/UDFA types. They may work out but I don't see upside from these 5th round picks. A Mug Shot and unreliable pass blocker? Undersized? Fifth round, Really?
H5 you’d probably be able to comment on this as well with you having the all22 access but both Jones and Williams missed a few cut backs and could have had massive yards. Tough thing for rookies in their first major game action. Again just like the defense I like were these guys could take the team later in the year.
Aaron Jones is a very natural fit for GB offense. He's a pure shotgun RB. It's not a total surprise he looks as good as he does. I think Williams is a better pure RB. But Jones is well ahead of the curve because he's doing exactly what he did in college. Well, maybe running behind 5 guards is new. It's going to be fun watching these kids develop.
Jones may be the only runner on the roster that has the ability to prevent the negative play when blocking falls apart. It's the same talent that allows him to find the void on 3rd and short. He's gotta nose for gaps.
Whitehair is highly thought of by scouts and coaches....Kenny Clark abused him on Thursday. Fun to watch. Clark showed great promise last year as a rookie, he's worked his butt off and has taken a jump to another level this year. Draft and develop with a player who wants to be his best.
GB D has sunk a little in run D stats but doing better in pass D; thanks NitroDomUs. I think once the whole DL is back and healthy their run numbers will improve too. Hard to not be excited about the DL.
I'll say it cuz I believe my eyes - Aaron Jones is the best RB on the team. I thought he was the best rookie in TC and can only guess that his pass pro is what kept him back. he's quicker and shiftier than the others, it jumps right out at ya.
1st half: 7 for 33, 4.7 avg, and the TD 2nd half: 12 for 92, 7.7 avg, and some big runs The confidence McCarthy and Rodgers had/have in him should make Packers fan excited for the future of the running game.
What will make him more dangerous is getting him involved more in the passing game. He was very good at that in college and has the ability. He and MM are still working him into the offense/playbook. I've only been able to see highlights so far but it is very exciting to see a RB in this offense that finds daylight as quickly as he does. Some of those runs, I couldn't even see the crease until he was already through it. Can't wait to see how he does vs. MIN D.
At the very least, Jones has shown that once Montgomery is back, he doesn't need to handle the full workload. One thing that has been pretty obvious since Montgomery has moved to RB is that he can get knocked out of games a little bit easier than some other starting RBs in the league. A top backup is necessary and Jones looks more than capable so far.
Jones and Monty. Both are needed. It seems pretty clear to me Monty is trying to "think like a RB" instead of just ripping off runs like he was last year. I'm sure there is a bunch of technique he is trying to implement and he will need work but the guy is a baller. As others have stated, Jones is used to the position. The two of them in tandem will make the run game a constant contributor.
Maybe not the right thread, but I'd like to see Mays get carries over Williams. Williams hasn't done anything with his opportunities. Obviously we are talking 3rd string here at this point, but if Monty isn't ready for MIN, lets see Mays as 2nd string.
I agree, Tdog . I try to keep in mind that although we have seen very little of Williams, even during the pre-season, the coaches see him every day, etc. etc., and I should trust their judgement. But he has done next to nothing when he has played, with largely the same blocking as Jones. The OL certainly haven't been road graders, but Jones is able to find enough of a hole to make some good runs. I think there is a lesson in there somewhere.
He's getting as many touches in the last several weeks as 88 was getting before he injured himself out of the lineup. 33 doesn't need more touches. They just need to keep his involvement more regular throughout the game, not feast or famine. Keep pounding him and he'll be done by Dec. and we'll be talking about Mays/Montgomery. Kareem Hunt is getting 20 touches a game and it'll be interesting to see if Reid continues with that through 16wks. What do you do with 88? move him around more like...
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