The Green Bay Packers’ most explosive running back has returned.
Second-year pro Aaron Jones has been activated from the reserve/suspended list and is back on the active 53-man roster as of Wednesday, the Packers announced. Jones served a two-game suspension for a marijuana-related traffic stop last fall, with the Packers going 1-0-1 against NFC North opponents in those two games. Green Bay ran for an average of just 83.5 rushing yards per game in those two contests, with Jamaal Williams leading the way with 106 yards on 31 carries.
Jones, who played extensively in the Packers’ preseason finale, provides burst and explosiveness that neither Williams nor Ty Montgomery possesses. While those two backs each averaged fewer than four yards per carry in 2017, Jones averaged 5.5, with 448 yards and four touchdowns on just 81 carries.
The Detroit Lions may be getting their full starting offensive line back together this week. Wednesday’s injury report indicated that starting guard T.J. Lang, who missed last week’s game with a back injury, was a limited participant on Wednesday. This is a good sign that Lang will be good to go for “Sunday Night Football” against the New England Patriots, because last week he missed every practice. However, nothing is for certain due to his limited designation.
If he isn’t able to go, Kenny Wiggins is expected to take his place. Wiggins started last week against the 49ers and actually ended up as one of the highest rated players in a Lions uniform on Sunday, per Pro Football Focus:
The Week 2 Grades have now been finalized…Here are the Top Graded Lions Offensive Players from Week 2 (min 10 snaps)1. WR – Kenny Golladay, 77.22. T- Ricky Wagner, 74.93.
Rookie first game jitters are out of the way now. Another week offered another chance to show improvement, but we’re still in the early stages of a long road for these rookies. Here’s what they brought to the table in week two.
After being the lone bright spot among the rookie crop in the season opener, Miller held his own again in week two. At least he did from a pass protection standpoint. He has yet to give up a sack this season. That’s impressive for a rookie, and he gets a lot of credit for that. Though there are potential reasons why that might be over these first two games.
The Rams don’t have much in the way of outside pass rushers. They strength is the defensive interior. The Broncos have elite pass rusher Von Miller and the top drafted rookie pass rusher, Bradley Chubb.
Green Bay Packers new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine wants to play a controlled type of aggressive defense. That should be a welcome sight for Packers fans, who too often saw their defense of recent years sit back on their heels and allow the play to come to them. This past Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, Pettine showed us his controlled aggressive scheme, particularly on third downs. Let’s take a look.
In the first quarter, the Vikings were facing third down and ten to go. There are two receivers and a tight end to Kirk Cousins’ right, Cook in the backfield to his left, and Laquon Treadwell split out wide to his left.