GREEN BAY - Whether it leads to more carries this week remains to be seen, but Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones made a good first impression on offensive coordinator Joe Philbin.
With Jones returning from his two-game suspension, Sunday's game in Washington was the first time Philbin was able to see the offense with its complete backfield. Jones, arguably the most talented, pure runner on the Packers' roster, had 42 yards on six carries.
“Yeah, that was really my first legitimate exposure (to him) in a regular game,” Philbin said. “Really liked some of the things he did. He’s definitely got some explosiveness, some twitch, some playmaking ability. A couple of runs where he made some things happen just on his own. That’s something that you need as an offense.
“You certainly devise, design plays and hope that they work and get your playmakers in some spaces with some opportunities, and certainly you have some of those, but man it really helps if the players can make a guy miss. Make a couple guys miss like he did.”
'Go man go'
Despite struggles early in his career, rookie long snapper Hunter Bradley retains the support of special teams coordinator Ron Zook.
A seventh-round draft pick, Bradley has been inconsistent through his first three games. His struggles came to a head at the end of Sunday’s first half in Washington. The Packers had to abort a 61-yard field goal attempt when Bradley’s snap was too low for rookie holder JK Scott to handle.
Bradley also nearly bounced a snap to Scott on a punt in the fourth quarter.
“He’s a rookie. He’s fine,” Zook said. “Those things are going to happen with rookies, but you just have to keep getting better. You have to put it out of your mind and go man go.”