It has been a few years since the Packers had a 1,000-yard rusher. Four years to be exact. Eddie Lacy was the last player to accomplish this feat for the Packers, yet since Lacy left, there has been a hole at the RB position.
However, this year, the emergence of rookie RB Aaron Jones should have fans excited.
Jones has already totaled 720 rushing yards and has three more games to get to the touted 1,000-yard mark.
The countdown to 1,000 is on for #Packers RB Aaron Jones. He has 720 rushing yards. Needs to average 94 over the final 3 games to reach the milestone. Will he get enough carries? It could be close.— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) December 10, 2018
The Packers will face off against the Bears, the Jets, and the Lions over the next three weeks, with the team looking to find an identity after firing head coach Mike McCarthy recently.
The team is still in the hunt at 5-7-1, but a spark is needed if the Packers have any hope of competing for a playoff spot. Jones will look to be that spark. In a new offense, Jones should look to receive more carries than before.
Over the season, Jones has averaged 11.7 carries per game, which may not be enough for him to reach 1,000 yards. But, with Aaron Rodgers and the rest of the offense under scrutiny, the team will look to hand the ball off to their promising back more often.
In the first game since Mike McCarthy's firing, Aaron Jones out-snapped Jamaal Williams 42-24 and out-touched him 20-4.— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) December 10, 2018
In this new offense, Jones seems to be the bell-cow RB, so look for him to get more and more attention over the next few weeks as he gets closer to eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark.