Rodgers should get his wish without much question after Jones took 15 carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns while handling a 74 percent snap share in Sunday's 31-12 win over Miami. Jamaal Williams poached just three carries on 14 snaps and Tra Carson strictly played special teams. With his supremacy in the Green Bay backfield safely established, Jones is gearing up for Thursday's road game against a Seattle defense ranked 29th in yards allowed per carry (5.0) and t-18th in rushing yards allowed per game (118.6). To be fair, the Seahawks have already faced some impressive running backs, including Todd Gurley (twice), Melvin Gordon and Ezekiel Elliott.
Jones carried 15 times for 145 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Dolphins. He also caught three passes for 27 additional yards in the 31-12 win.
Jones gashed the opposition all day, finishing with an impressive average of 9.7 yards per carry thanks to his long gain of 67 yards. He scored on touchdown runs of two and 10 yards in the second and third quarters, respectively, giving him his first multi-touchdown effort of the season. Jones was the only running back with more than three carries in this one, so it appears the Packers are ready to hand him the workload of a featured back moving forward. He'll look to build on this effort Thursday against the Seahawks.
Jones ran for 76 yards on 14 carries and brought in two of four targets for 10 receiving yards in Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Patriots.
Jones did lose a costly fumble in the third quarter, but otherwise had an effective day on the ground. It took head coach Mike McCarthy a little longer than expected to make the 23-year-old the leading back in Green Bay, but it appears he has come to his senses over the past couple of weeks, giving Jones more carries than Jamaal Williams (seven carries for 34 yards) for the second straight game. Ty Montgomery's abrupt trade last week removed another mouth to feed in this backfield, and Jones immediately saw his highest target count of the year as a result. The hard-runner's stock is already on the rise, and an increase in usage in the passing game could lead to a strong second half.
Jones amassed 86 rushing yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, adding two receptions for zero yards during Sunday's 29-27 loss to the Rams.
Jones rewarded the Packers coaching staff for bestowing him with a season-high 12 carries, peeling off gains of seven or more yards on five of his attempts against the Rams, including a 33-yard touchdown burst to get Green Bay back to a field-goal deficit late in the third quarter. As once again demonstrated in Week 8, the second-year man has proven that with more work, he becomes more of an asset to the Packers ground attack. In six games since the start of 2017 in which Jones has garnered at least 11 carries, he is averaging 5.7 yards per carry with five rushing touchdowns. Week 9 brings a challenging matchup for Jones and the Green Bay stable of backs, facing a New England front seven that's allowed just one 100-yard rusher all season (Kerryon Johnson in Week 3).
Jones drew the starting assignment over Jamaal Williams and barely missed out on a touchdown on Green Bay's first drive of the game. The shifty tailback still led the Packers in carries and rushing yards, continuing to make his claim for a larger workload. While he didn't catch any passes Monday, Jones' ability should warrant consideration for more activity when Green Bay reconvenes from its Week 7 bye.
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|2017||Green Bay Packers||12||4||81||448||5.5||46||4||6||21|
|2018||Green Bay Packers||7||4||73||494||6.8||67||4||3||28|
|2017||Green Bay Packers||12||4||9||22||2.4||9||0||0||0||2|
|2018||Green Bay Packers||7||4||11||78||7.1||19||0||0||0||6|
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