General manager Brian Gutekunst said he wants Jones "on the field as much as possible" in 2019, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
This comment is interesting because head coach Matt LaFleur recently said he believes a committee approach is the most effective way to go, per Michael Cohen of the Athletic, which seems like the more realistic statement. While it's true that in an ideal world the Packers could have Jones on the field every single snap, as Gutekunst suggested, the 5-foot-9 runner has missed four games in each of his first two seasons in the league and has yet to show he can truly handle a workhorse role. While we'd still expect Jones to significantly out-snap Williams in 2019 anyway, Williams could siphon enough of the workload away to keep Jones from reaching the uppermost tiers of fantasy running backs.
Jones proved capable of handling passing downs in 2018, hauling in 26 of 35 targets for 206 yards and a touchdown while also taking a big step forward as a blocker. He now hopes to become a true three-down weapon, though he also acknowledged that Jamaal Williams has a place in the Green Bay backfield. Jones doesn't sound too worried about his season-ending knee injury, which is believed to be the third MCL sprain of his young career. With his explosiveness as a runner now well established, Jones can focus his offseason work on durability and receiving skills once he recovers from the aforementioned injury. The typical rehab timeline for an MCL sprain would see him return to full health long before the start of Green Bay's offseason program.
Jones (knee) has been placed on injured reserve, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.
Interim coach Joe Philbin didn't disclose any information regarding Jones' knee injury Monday, but his placement on injured reserve indicates it's a multi-week issue. The second-year back -- who carved out the lead role in the backfield following a two-week suspension to begin the season -- finishes the year with 728 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 133 carries, good for a 5.5 yards per carry average. With Jones out of commission the last two weeks, Jamaal Williams will presumably step into the lead back role for the Packers. Kapri Bibbs remains the only other healthy running back on the 53-man roster, though the Packers could look to add another to shore up the position before Sunday's game against the Jets. Fullback Danny Vitale could also serve as an emergency option should Williams and Bibbs be unavailable.
Interim coach Joe Philbin didn't provide an update on Jones' knee injury Monday, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
During Sunday's 24-17 defeat at Chicago, Jones was removed late the first quarter and ruled out just after halftime. Speaking at a post-game media session, he told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he thought he picked up a sprained MCL in his right knee, which kept him sidelined for two games last season. While not overtly addressing the situation, the Packers claimed Kapri Bibbs off waivers Monday, likely covering their bases in the event Jones' injury is serious. Jamaal Williams was the primary back for most of Sunday's contest, totaling 97 yards from scrimmage and a TD run on 16 touches.
Jones believes he suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee during Sunday's 24-17 loss in Chicago, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Jones missed two games due to a similar injury to his right knee last season, so he may be in danger of missing the rest of the campaign with as many contests left on the Packers' slate. The team should clarify his status in the coming days, but Jamaal Williams nonetheless is poised for an uptick in touches with Jones hobbled.
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