Packers Morning Buzz: How Aaron Jones plays bigger than his size
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
The Packers (4-4-1) have a quick turnaround this week for their next game, playing at Seattle (4-5) at 7:20 p.m. Thursday.
We'll start with Eric Baranczyk and Pete Dougherty writing about Packers running back Aaron Jones and how it's his vision that makes him exceptional.
Eric and Pete write:
What’s surprising about Jones is that he looks like an outside runner — his listed weight is 208 pounds, but he says he’s actually about 198. Backs that size usually are change-of-pace runners who try to outrun defenses to the corner.
But Jones is the rare small back who’s most effective running between the tackles because of his vision and cutback ability. That’s where he did all his damage Sunday. And we’re not talking about his 67-yard run up the middle late in the first quarter. That play was blocked exceptionally well. We’re talking about his other carries, where he picked up yards that many other backs would have missed, plays where he gained more than was blocked.
Like on his first carry of the game, at 10:54 of the first quarter. This was a typical play for him. It was designed as an outside zone to the left, meaning a run outside the left tackle. But a couple steps after taking the handoff, Jones hit a pile of players that made it tough to get outside.
Instead of just putting his head down and trying to push through for a couple yards, Jones in his peripheral vision saw the cutback lane behind center Corey Linsley, planted his foot and took the ball upfield. What probably would have been a couple-yard gain became a 12-yarder and a new set of downs.
You can read their entire analysis here:
Eric and Pete also hand down their position-by-position grades:
In his "4 Downs" column, Pete wrote about the Packers' use of two-tight-end sets:
Jones fills multiple spots on our list of top Packers rushing performances in the Aaron Rodgers era:
Tom Silverstein says to expect the revolving door in the Packers' secondary to continue this week due to injuries:
The injuries are starting to pile up at a bad time during a short week:
In their Packers Podcast, Silverstein and Jim Owczarski discuss how the Packers' performance in beating the Dolphins could have a lasting effect:
Packers tight end Jimmy Graham isn't known for his blocking but feels he helped play a role in the ground game's success Sunday:
Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark deflected credit for the defense's potent pass rush:
Ryan Wood fielded questions about Raven Greene and much more in his weekly chat:
Packers fans are looking at higher ticket prices for Bears and Vikings games, writes Richard Ryman:
The rest of the NFL is finding out quickly about Jones:
ESPN's Rob Demovsky writes about the Packers needing to take the Aaron Jones show on the road:
The Acme Packing Co. looks at how the Packers have fared in short weeks under Mike McCarthy:
The Packers will be wearing their all-white uniforms Thursday in Seattle:
And finally, here's the kind of havoc Khalil Mack (remember him from Week 1) could raise when the Packers visit the Bears next month: