Packers Morning Buzz: Aaron Jones ranks as third-toughest NFL running back to tackle
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with Green Bay's Aaron Jones being rated as the third-toughest NFL running back to tackle, according to ESPN's Next Gen Stats, which measure "yards gained after close-in" (defined as yards gained by a ball carrier after the first defender gets within one yard of him):
3. Aaron Jones, Green Bay Packers
4.5 yards gained after close-in per carry, 2017-18
No one had a better yards per carry number in 2018 than Jones' 5.5 pace. He had only 133 carries, but was efficient, picking up 728 yards and eight touchdowns. He was second in the NFL in yards gained per carry on runs up the middle (5.8).
According NFL Next Gen Stats, Jones had a successful run 54.9% of the time (running plays resulting in an offensive successful play based on the yards to go by down). But unlike Derrick Henry, he won mostly before first contact, averaging 3.7 in that area (fourth best in the NFL). It's a sign that Jones likely gets a good deal of help from his offensive line, too. No matter how he did it, Jones was stuffed just 15% of the time, per NFL Next Gen Stats.
The only two runners ranked ahead of Jones were Derrick Henry of the Titans and Saquon Barkley of the Giants. Asked if he had a go-to move to avoid tackles, Jones told ESPN's Rob Demovsky:
"It depends on the position I'm in. I like to use the stiff arm. Or just a little head-and-shoulders wiggle to get past you. Those are my two favorites."
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