Packers have A.J. Dillon at third-string running back

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The Packers’ second-round draft pick is on the third string.

Green Bay’s first depth chart of the season lists A.J. Dillon as a co-third team running back, alongside Tyler Ervin and behind both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams.

That’s not a big surprise. Jones was the clear No. 1 after gaining 1,084 yards rushing and 474 yards receiving last year. Williams also contributed a lot during the 2019 season, rushing for 460 yards and adding 253 receiving yards.

Dillon is a powerful runner but doesn’t have great speed and never did much in the passing game in college, and it was a bit of a surprise when the Packers chose him in the second round. They surely want to see him develop as a receiver and in pass protection before they give him a lot of playing time.

The 247-pound Dillon may, however, get some short yardage and goal line work early in the season. It will likely be a small role, but it’s what he did best in college and what made the Packers take him in the second round.

32 responses to “Packers have A.J. Dillon at third-string running back

  1. If Mike McCarthy was still here, he’d introduce an innovative new 4-RB ‘Jumbo’ package to account for all the amazing runners the Packers have! 3 yards and a cloud of dust baby!

  2. Dillon is a powerful runner but doesn’t have great speed

    +++++

    Dillon ran a 4.53 40 at the combine. Nick Chubb ran a 4.52. Aaron Jones ran a 4.56, as did Alvin Kamara. Neither of those guys are slow.

    Dillon has better hands than he is being given credit for. You will see. He won’t surpass Williams’ role until he proves he can pass protect, or next season – whichever comes first.

  3. Fullbacks aren’t typically drafted at all, let alone in the second round – lol . QBs that need at least a couple years to develop aren’t first round picks either. Somebody better clue in Gute before he blows a second round pick on a long snapper.

  4. AJ Dillon will be a big reason the Packers get TDs instead of FGs this season.I can see them handing him the ball on fourth and short at the goal line instead of going for three.

  5. So we came out of the first two rounds of the draft with a third string QB and a co-third string running back… Keep up the great work, Gutekunst.

  6. Crazy Packer fan here, and I don’t care if the players kneel for the anthem, in addition to the patches on uniforms ect. Won’t matter to me because I will not be watching.

  7. Just proves the Packers wasted a draft when the team needed immediate help to contend for a Super Bowl . Instead they drafted like a team transitioning to the future wasting what possibly is their last chance for Rodgers to bring the Lombardi Trophy to Green Bay .

  8. Depth charts have never meant very much, not in today’s NFL where complex offenses are using a variety of personnel groups and packages to create mismatches.
    They’re an antiquated league mandated policy anyway.

    Matt LaFleur has stated since day 1 of his arrival that he wanted to use multiple backs that were capable of doing a variety of things.
    And AJ Dillon is going to be his hammer.
    Also, just because he didn’t catch the ball very much out of the backfield in BC doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll be a blind spot for him in Green Bay.

    The one thing that could deter him from getting on the field early will be his ability to pick up audibles and perform adequately in pass protection.
    Without the proper game situations a preseason usually gives a young player this may pose a problem early on.
    But, if he’s smart and been coached properly there’s no reason this should be a major stumbling block.

    I’m definitely looking forward to watching this young man run Sunday.
    I’m expecting quite a few holes to exploit in that revamped Viking defense. 😉

  9. All I know is Aaron Rogers was the 16th QB taken in my FFL. Packers not getting him receiver help was the biggest failure of any team in the draft. You can defend the Dillon pick all you want, but that was a joke just like drafting a QB in the 1st. Enjoy the decline Packer fans.

  10. All I know is Aaron Rogers was the 16th QB taken in my FFL.
    ——
    Oh no, did anyone tell him yet? Is he still planning on playing this weekend?

  11. Just proves the Packers wasted a draft when the team needed immediate help to contend for a Super Bowl
    ——
    So a rookie wr would have put us over the top? Let’s see how that goes for you guys this year. We are returning two pretty good guys who were on IR last season that I think will be more prepared to help than any rookie.

  12. Didn’t run well? Low 4.5s 40 at almost 250 pounds? A goal line back in college? I’m guessing MDS has never seen Dillon play at Boston College. He was their entire offense. Defenses would stack the box on 3rd and 8 and they’d still hand the ball to Dillon. He ran over, around, and through my Wolfpack D several times in college, and those were some pretty good defenses. The only thing keeping him third string is pass protection. But speed is not an issue.

  13. I’d be willing to bet Dillon will get plenty of playing time, especially in short yardage and goal line situations. If the Packers are smart, they’ll pair Jones and Dillon together a lot in those situations, too.

  14. packerlies says:
    September 8, 2020 at 5:49 am
    Dillon is a powerful runner but doesn’t have great speed

    +++++

    Dillon ran a 4.53 40 at the combine. Nick Chubb ran a 4.52. Aaron Jones ran a 4.56, as did Alvin Kamara. Neither of those guys are slow.
    _____________

    Aside from Chubb, none of them are running away from anyone, either.

  15. Listening to the Barneys mock the Packers’ organization, their draft, their roster and their overall team has become an offseason rite of passage since as far back as I can remember.
    It’s as sure as death and taxes.

    Then when real tackle football begins, they inevitably end up with those stupid, goofy looks on their faces wondering what in the Hell happened.
    And no amount of lazy jumping jack chants will change that.

    In the last decade:
    GB Packers: 102 wins, 6 NFC North Titles, 1 NFL Championship.
    Minn. Vikings: 81 wins, 2 NFC North Titles, 0 NFL Championships.

    By all means, keep on chirping.
    Enjoy your delusional rants while you still can.
    Because in just 5 days real football begins.

  16. Dillon ran a 4.53 at 247 pounds… Making his size and speed combination ridiculous. Surely you need to take that into account when you say “he doesn’t have great speed” Once he breaks through, what kind of DB is bringing that kind of behemoth down? I’ll chalk his depth chart position due to typical rookie RB issues like pass protection, but I still think he makes am i,pact this year at some point.

  17. ^^^Wow! All these geniuses of football. There MUST be a GM job for them out there, somewhere. The NFL needs them! (Only not in Green Bay, please.)

  18. Does the “depth chart” tell you who is starting at RT for the Packers on Sunday? Nope. LaFleur won’t be releasing that info until Sunday. If you went by the “depth chart”, you would say Billy Turner will start at RT Sunday. We know though that it will most likely be Ricky Wagner at RT and Lane Taylor at RG. “Depth Charts” are meaningless on game weeks.

    I am so looking forward to Sunday at noon. Time to prove once again, on the field, who is the far superior roster, coaching staff, and franchise.

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackerNation!✊👏🏈

  19. pkrlvr says:
    September 8, 2020 at 9:01 am
    Just proves the Packers wasted a draft when the team needed immediate help to contend for a Super Bowl
    ——
    So a rookie wr would have put us over the top? Let’s see how that goes for you guys this year. We are returning two pretty good guys who were on IR last season that I think will be more prepared to help than any rookie.
    ——————————————————————————————–
    Never said they should draft a WR . My point is this team needed to get players who could contribute right away so your beloved Packers decided to take a QB who isn’t going to play and took a RB when they already had good depth . You get the cheese out of eyes and you will see what everybody but delusional Packer fans see , the management botched this draft and along with it Rodgers last chance to lead the team to the Super Bowl .

  20. MNfaninIL says:
    September 8, 2020 at 8:36 am
    Enjoy the decline Packer fans.
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    ………says Viking Fan, every season, every year since 1991.

  21. @aa1829

    Won’t matter to me because I won’t be watching

    —-

    Cool. Feel free to stop commenting about the stuff you won’t be watching. Show everybody.

  22. Bragging about 40 times to justify a draft pick. Lol. 4.5 40 times no less. 🤡
    What a dopey fan base.

  23. cheeseisfattening says:
    September 8, 2020 at 11:57 am
    Bragging about 40 times to justify a draft pick. Lol. 4.5 40 times no less. What a dopey fan base.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    ….and you can’t tune us out or ignore us, always coming back for more. Who’s the dope.

  24. Unless this is smoke and mirrors, this is a waste of a 2nd round pick.

    So who are the packers gonna blame now then? Thompson isn’t there any more, and was always the one who copped stick for drafting poorly, but he has been gone 2 years gone, what excuses are left?

  25. I get a big kick out of so many of these Vikings fans obsessing over the Packers. But I get it, 60 years of futility has to weigh heavy on a fan. COVID-19 safety tip: If you’re looking for a good place for social distancing, I’d recommend the Vikings trophy case. Plenty of spare room there to isolate.

  26. ggtth1875 says:
    September 8, 2020 at 12:24 pm
    Unless this is smoke and mirrors, this is a waste of a 2nd round pick.

    So who are the packers gonna blame now then? Thompson isn’t there any more, and was always the one who copped stick for drafting poorly, but he has been gone 2 years gone, what excuses are left?

    ——–

    they were in the championship game last year in a coaches 1st year. Who is making excuses? And why would anyone make excuses? 28 other teams in the league would have wanted to be where the Packers were!

  27. cheeseisfattening says:
    September 8, 2020 at 11:57 am
    Bragging about 40 times to justify a draft pick. Lol. 4.5 40 times no less. 🤡
    What a dopey fan base.
    ~~~~~~~~
    As another dimwitted Viking fan, I completely understand why you’d have such a difficult time understanding the weight, speed combination and how it pertains to this particular running back.
    I think you just may find out a little bit more come Sunday.
    Listen, why don’t you just grab a nice balloon or something and enjoy the rest of your day. 😊

  28. pkrlvr says:
    September 8, 2020 at 9:01 am
    Just proves the Packers wasted a draft when the team needed immediate help to contend for a Super Bowl
    ——
    So a rookie wr would have put us over the top? Let’s see how that goes for you guys this year. We are returning two pretty good guys who were on IR last season that I think will be more prepared to help than any rookie.
    ——-/
    I’what are you talking about? We just cut a potential HOF candidate in Jake K and then we are bringing back EQ who is typically hurt or suspended for his cheap shot tactics.

  29. bkinacti0n says:
    September 8, 2020 at 9:36 am

    Dillon ran a 4.53 40 at the combine. Nick Chubb ran a 4.52. Aaron Jones ran a 4.56, as did Alvin Kamara. Neither of those guys are slow.
    _____________

    Aside from Chubb, none of them are running away from anyone, either.

    +++++

    According to NextGen stats Aaron Jones was recorded in the top 20 fastest speeds in the entire NFL (including wr’s) during 5 different weeks of the 2019 season.

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