Coach Matt LaFleur said Wednesday that the Packers would "like to even out those touches a little bit" between Jones and Jamaal Williams, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
LaFleur's comments come on the heels of Jones receiving a career-high 27 touches, which he turned into 150 yards from scrimmage and one TD run. However, Jones' usage was static from the season opener (59 percent of the snaps on offense) to Week 2 (61), and Williams' workload actually increased as well from 41 to 49 percent of those plays. Despite having a slight lead in work, Jones has more than doubled Williams' touch count (41-19) to date. Considering Jones is averaging 4.3 YPC to Williams' 2.0, LaFleur doesn't have much impetus to change what's been working, health aside. Notably, Jones ended both of his first two campaigns on IR, so upping Williams' number of snaps/touches could help the former stay fresh throughout the season and potentially into the playoffs.
Jones carried 23 times for 116 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Vikings. He also made four catches for 34 yards in the 21-16 win.
After averaging just 3.0 yards per carry in the season opener, Jones averaged 5.0 per tote in this one as he repeatedly gashed the Vikings run defense. He scored a two-yard touchdown in the second quarter and rounded out his performance by finishing second on the team in receiving yardage. Jones' big game was an excellent sign for the Packers, who secured a divisional win with Aaron Rodgers throwing for just 209 yards. He will have the opportunity to build on this effort next Sunday against the Broncos at home.
Jones rushed 13 times for 39 yards and brought in his only target for no gain in the Packers' 10-3 win over the Bears on Thursday.
Like all of the running backs on either squad, Jones put together an inefficient performance on the ground overall. However, the third-year pro did find a couple of lanes in the second half, gaining 15 of his yards on the night on back-to-back carries to open a third-quarter series. Otherwise, Jones' quiet effort was a microcosm of the generally poor offensive environment during the contest, and he'll look to boost his production in a Week 2 battle against Vikings a week from Sunday.
Due to less than ideal field conditions, Jones and the rest of the Packers' starters will not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Raiders.
Jones was slated to make his preseason debut and play to play a series in the contest, but he won't suit up after all due to issue with the field in Winnipeg. Jamaal Williams will also sit out, likely leading to plenty of Dexter Williams and Tre Carson reps.
Jones (hamstring) will make his preseason debut Thursday against the Raiders, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports. He's slated to play a series during the contest.
As far as daily purposes go, Jones likely won't be of much use if he only takes the field for one series Thursday, but it's a true sign the hamstring issue that plagues him early in camp is no longer lingering. He should serve as Green Bay's primary back again in 2019 and could see marked improvement on his 133 carries for 728 yards and eight touchdowns from a season ago if he can stay healthy for the full 16 games.
Jones won't suit up for Thursday's preseason game in Baltimore.
Jones missed a good portion of training camp and the Packers' first exhibition due to a tight hamstring. However, the third-year back has been practicing since Saturday, participated in 11-on-11 drills at Tuesday's session and warmed up in pads before Thursday's contest. Along with Aaron Rodgers (back), Jones is the other high-profile skill-position player on the sidelines. Jones' next chance to suit up arrives next Thursday against the Raiders in Winnipeg.
Jones took part in 11-on-11 drills Tuesday, the first time he's done so since missing some action due to hamstring tightness, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Jones, who sits atop the Packers' running back depth chart, is thus getting back into gear, while top backup Jamaal Williams continues to deal with a hamstring issue of his own. It's unclear if Jones will see action in Thursday's preseason game against the Ravens, but if he sits that contest out, we'd expect him to see some reps in Green Bay's third exhibition tilt, barring any setbacks.
Jones (hamstring) is back at practice Saturday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Jones hasn't participated in practice since last week Wednesday due to a hamstring issue, eventually missing the team's opening preseason contest, so this is certainly good news. Projected backup Jamaal Williams has also been out for a similar amount of time with a hamstring injury, which has allowed for Dexter Williams to emerge as a training camp standout, a possibility that could continue if the Packers choose to ease their starting RB back into the rotation.
Jones (hamstring) did not play in Thursday's preseason opener.
Jones is not believed to be dealing with an injury that will affect him long-term, but he has not practiced in over a week and was unable to suit up for the Packers' first preseason game. The Packers could just be taking the cautious route with Jones, but the longer he remains sidelined, the more the concern about his status grows. The Packers will not practice Friday, but it seems likely either the team or head coach Matt LaFleur will release some sort of official update on his status in the near future.
Jones (hamstring) sat out Wednesday's session due to precautionary reasons according to head coach Matt LaFleur, Stu Courtney of USA Today reports.
Jones has had a history of leg injuries that resulted in the back missing eight games over the last two seasons, so it's understandable that the team is playing it safe. "He's going to be an important part of our football team, so we need him to be fresh and healthy and so we were a little cautious with him (Wednesday)," LaFleur added when speaking with the media. It's unclear what this means as far as a potential return to practice for Jones, but at this time, it doesn't appear any lingering injury effects will have consequences that carry into the regular season.
Jones won't practice Wednesday due to hamstring tightness, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
The extent of Jones' injury is uncertain, but the report notes it is "not expected to be anything long term." With that in mind, Jones may be withheld from action for a few more days, but the hamstring issue doesn't look like anything that will affect his status for Week 1. With both Jones and Jamaal Williams -- also dealing with a hamstring injury -- banged up, rookie Dexter Williams will have an opportunity to see more snaps with the first team.
Jones reduced his body fat from more than 11 percent last season to 5.3 percent this offseason, adding muscle to maintain his playing weight of 205 pounds, ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky reports.
These stories are a dime a dozen every spring, but we can at least give Jones credit for putting specific numbers to the "best shape of my life" narrative. Packers GM Brian Gutekunst and QB Aaron Rodgers both commented on the running back's questionable conditioning earlier this offseason, with Rodgers referring to Jones as "the most athletic, fast guy with a little bit of a belly." The 24-year-old apparently got the message and cut candy out of his diet, hoping to improve his durability after suffering three MCL sprains in two seasons. Jones also mentioned that he expects to catch more passes and run more outside zone under new coach Matt LaFleur, who rose up the NFL ranks under Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay. The Packers intend to create more chances for their backfield this season, though actual execution of the plan partially depends on the success of an offseason overhaul on defense. The team dropped back to pass on a league-high 71.5 percent of snaps last season, often choosing to abandon the run while playing from behind.
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 (knee) said he will focus on improving his pass-catching skills during the offseason, Mike Spofford of Packers.com reports.
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.
Jones (knee) won't return to Sunday's game in Chicago.
Jones left near the end of the first quarter with four carries for eight yards on the ledger. The severity of the knee injury is unknown, but Jamaal Williams is the only healthy and active running back on the roster at the moment.
Jones is questionable to return to Sunday's game at Chicago due to a knee injury.
Jones entered the blue medical tent late in the first quarter to have his knee examined. If Jones is unable to return, Jamaal Williams will be the sole healthy running back available to the Packers offense.
Jones had 17 carries for 78 yards and a touchdown while catching all three targets for 28 yards in Sunday's win over the Falcons.
Jones was a non-factor in the first half with three carries for seven yards, but he erupted out of the gate after halftime. The big play for the second-year running back came on 29-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that pushed the Packers' lead to 34-7. Jones' first-half usage remains a slight cause for concern, but his heavy touches in the second half -- as he tied his highest carry total of the season -- led to a productive day overall. The 24-year-old has a difficult matchup against the Chicago defense next week, which entered Week 14 ranked second in YPC (3.7) and yardage allowed per game (85.8).
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