Packers Snap Counts: Green Bay finally unleashes RB Jones
Jones was on the field for 57% of the Packers’ offensive plays Sunday, right around the 59% clip from last week. However, his usage went way up.
For the first time in his career, Jones saw over 20 carries. He turned 23 rushing attempts into 116 yards and a touchdown while also catching four of his six targets for 34 yards.
It could’ve been an even bigger day, too. On a second-and-10 in the fourth quarter, Jones had a one-on-one mismatch with Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks on a deep wheel route. But quarterback Aaron Rodgers underthrew Jones, the ball fell incomplete, and the Packers were forced to punt two plays later.
The good news is Jones’ involvement in the passing game. Through two weeks, Jones has been targeted on 25.8% of his routes, which ranks sixth among running backs that have run 20+ routes.
Jones has seen 17+ rushing attempts just five times out of 26 career games. In those contests, he’s averaging 104.4 yards on the ground and has scored a touchdown in all of them.
Hopefully, head coach Matt LaFleur continues to give Jones the ball.
Other notes from Sunday’s snap counts:
— Za’Darius Smith left the field for a bit in the second half after suffering an ankle injury, but he was back in towards the end of the game. Smith was on the field for 56 of the Packers’ 65 defensive snaps.
— Wide receiver Jake Kumerow was on the field for six snaps and hauled in his first reception of the season, a 12-yard connection in the fourth quarter.
— Tight end Jimmy Graham was on the field for 54 snaps but didn’t haul in a reception. He was targeted twice.