Matt LaFleur: I’ve never seen a back built like AJ Dillon

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After the Packers drafted running back AJ Dillon in the second round this April, General Manager Brian Gutekunst referenced Eddie Lacy as the last big back that the Packers featured in a prominent offensive role.

Lacy’s girth was a frequent talking point during his time in the NFL and Dillon’s size has people talking after his first few training camp practices. While the focus with Lacy was on whether he was overweight, it is Dillon’s muscles that are drawing attention.

Dillon has a pair of tree trunks for legs and Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said he’s never seen a back built quite like the rookie.

“He has got some massive legs,” LaFleur said, via ESPN.com. “That’s something we talked about with our staff, we have not seen a running back built like that — not in my career, that I’ve been around. He walks around pretty comfortably at 250 for a back and moves really well. Big legs, big calves. He’s a well-built guy. It’ll be exciting to see him get up to speed mentally. That’s going to be his biggest hurdle, especially with the guys in that room who have a pretty good comfort within the offense. But he’s a big boy.”

Dillon gives the Packers a very different look behind Aaron Jones and, with Jones in the final year of his contract, a quick transition to the NFL could lead to the big back becoming the lead back in Green Bay.

22 responses to “Matt LaFleur: I’ve never seen a back built like AJ Dillon

  1. Lol, what they’re saying is, not sure how he’ll hold up in the NFL, but look at his muscles!

  2. Dillon is a stud and I’ve watched him at BC. He has deceptive speed for such a big back and can run over people or can deek them as well. I think GB will be very happy with him as he breaks short yardage situations into long gains.

  3. “Lol, what they’re saying is, not sure how he’ll hold up in the NFL, but look at his muscles!”

    No,what he is saying is that the kid is very strong and powerful and the only thing that may hold him back is learning the playbook but his teammates will help him.going to be fun to see him steamroll over little safetys on his way to the endzone.

  4. Those mentioning Derrick Henry and Brandon Jacobs are not understanding what LaFleur said. Derrick Henry is great! Brandon Jacobs a beast as well but not built like AJ Dillon.

    If you look at AJ Dillon’s legs you will see that no back ever has had legs like that. He is head to toe all muscle. That is why he said he has “never seen a back built like AJ.” Yes, he coached Derrick Henry. He is a absolute beast, but not built like AJ.

  5. There’s a lot that goes into making a successful running back.
    From vision, shiftiness, speed, power and durability, RBs are built in a variety of ways.

    Dillon has drawn unfair comparisons to Lacy just by the weight factor and the team that drafted them.
    I saw the pics that were trending after practice yesterday, and let me tell you, the two couldn’t be more different.
    Dillon is a huge muscular kid, (Tree trunks for legs is an apt comparison.) but he’ll need a trait or two mentioned above to have any real long standing success in this league.
    I’m looking forward to finding out.

    Let’s hope he doesn’t flame out as quickly as Lacy, I certainly don’t expect him to.
    But you have to admit, for as short a time as it was, it was a joy to see Big Eddie run when he was healthy.

  6. That’s going to be his biggest hurdle
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    Actually his scouting report says his biggest hurdles will be his footwork, cuts, running in space, pass catching and blocking.

  7. Actually his scouting report says his biggest hurdles will be his footwork, cuts, running in space, pass catching and blocking.

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    Funny, I’ve never looked at the scouting report on a Viking player…ever. Don’t care. You obviously do. Thanks.

  8. freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 16, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    If you look at AJ Dillon’s legs you will see that no back ever has had legs like that.

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    freefromwhatyouare says:
    August 16, 2020 at 1:16 pm
    Those mentioning Derrick Henry and Brandon Jacobs are not understanding what LaFleur said. Derrick Henry is great! Brandon Jacobs a beast as well but not built like AJ Dillon.

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    “no back ever has had legs like that”

    You have seen every backs legs in the history of the NFL? Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  9. The Packers could go into the season with no changes from last year and still sweep the division, again. But, they made key additions anyway, like this guy. Everybody is focused on the receivers. The Packers have plenty of good receivers. When comparing the teams in the NFCN and their expectations for success, the biggest difference remains to be Aaron Rodgers. That undeniable fact hasn’t changed. At least the Packers aren’t missing seven starters and have to scramble to fit fifteen draft choices into the mix. That would be very tough to do. Most Packer players have the system locked down from last year. That’s not the case with other NFCN teams.

    Good luck with that.

  10. Dillon’s thighs look gigantic in the pictures I’ve seen but I don’t know if they’re “Earl Campbell gigantic.” Campbell’s thighs were 36″… each. That’s bigger than a lot of people’s waists.

  11. He looks like a 70s running back — Earl Campbell, Robert Newhouse — guys like that. Of course, defenders in the 70s were smaller than they are now, too. There was no one like Akiem Hicks in the NFL in the 1970s. Dillon will bring the hammer, but he will get his share of punishment, too.

  12. pkrlvr says:
    August 16, 2020 at 8:24 pm
    Actually his scouting report says his biggest hurdles will be his footwork, cuts, running in space, pass catching and blocking.

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    Funny, I’ve never looked at the scouting report on a Viking player…ever. Don’t care. You obviously do. Thanks.

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    Packer Fanboy, he’s kinda hard to miss with 8 bazillion pictures all over the internet of him and his legs. Packer fans have a leg fetish? Thing is yeah he looks great…but can he pick up the blitz, can he catch the ball outta the backfield, can he block when needed, does he have the mental toughness to handle the playbook that constantly changes. Does he have good ball security, heard he was a bigger fumbler. Its kinda like when you see the hot individual of the opposite sex at the club, they look great until they open their mouth to engage in conversation. Trust me on this….he wont’ be taking any carries away from Jones. But I guess its another thing Packers rubes can brag about that they have a RB with big legs….hahahahaha

  13. Too bad he won’t know what to do with him. He’ll be too busy trying to find someone that AR can throw to other than DA. Ha ha ha.

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