Packers expect a more explosive AJ Dillon in 2022

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Packers running back AJ Dillon took a step forward in his second NFL season.

After playing sparingly as a rookie in 2020, Dillon appeared in every game last year and ran the ball 187 times while sharing backfield duty with Aaron Jones. Dillon picked up 803 yards on those carries, which made him a useful part of the Packers offense.

Packers coaches are looking to see even more out of him in 2022. Dillon had nine runs of 10 or more yards, including a season-best 36-yard run against the Bears. Running backs coach Ben Sirmans said the team wants to see more of those kinds of gains from Dillon this fall.

“He’s got that type of ability. He can make you miss in the open field. You think about the plays like the Chicago run that he had,” Sirmans said, via Zach Kruse of USAToday.com. “He’s faster than what most people think. He’s got the ability to put a little juke on you, even for a guy his size. So really it’s just putting all those facets to his game and putting them together. I do think he’ll have more explosive runs this year.”

Dillon outgained Jones, who missed two games, by four yards on the ground last season. If he hits more home runs in the coming months, the changing of the guard might be a permanent one in Green Bay.

11 responses to “Packers expect a more explosive AJ Dillon in 2022

  1. Well it’s safe to say he’ll be feasting on the Bears, Vikings and hopefully the Lions. As to his success against the rest of the league, get back to me when we know David Baktiari is healthy and we get All Pro Elgton Jenkins back in October. That running game is the key to diversifying the offense without Davante Adams.

  2. With the Green Bay WR room decimated, opposing teams won’t have to honor the pass quite so much. That means Dillon and Jones will be facing a lot more stacked boxes than they have in the past. They’ll definitely be missing Jenkins on the O-line to start the year, and who knows if/when Bakhtiari gets back.

    The Packers will be leaning more heavily on the run game–because they have to–but in this case, past performance is definitely not indicative of future results.

  3. Also caught 34 of 37 passes thrown his way for 313 yards and 2 scores. For a man his size, he has good hands.

  4. And the so called draft experts were very critical of Gutekunst for drafting AJ Dillon in round 2. Everyone of them were bellering for a WR.
    Not only is he a beast,…. he’s a really nice kid and a asset to the community.

  5. Hey, the more snaps he takes away from Jones, the more dangerous and versatile RB, is fine with this Vikings fan.

  6. the more snaps he takes away from Jones, the more dangerous and versatile RB, is fine with this Vikings fan.
    +++++
    ever hear of diminishing returns?

  7. Because of his blazing 4.5+ 40 time packer fans said he’d be an all pro by now. How that working out?

  8. Dillon picked up 803 yards
    ___
    800 yards!!! He is ready for the packers hall of fame

  9. Those Packers need a running back like our iron man, Dalvin, who never misses a game. Oh wait . . .

  10. cheeseisfattening says:
    July 5, 2022 at 3:01 pm

    Because of his blazing 4.5+ 40 time packer fans said he’d be an all pro by now.
    +++++
    And you said he’d be a bust. Packer fans are closer to the hole.

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