Predicting what the Green Bay Packers depth chart at running back could look like heading into training camp of the 2020 season.
The running back position might be one of the Green Bay Packers‘ greatest strengths heading into their 2020 training camp. Not only do they have a stud at the top, but they have three quality players behind him.
Aaron Jones is the obvious starter next season, as he heads into the final year of his rookie contract. After racking up over 1500 total yards and 19 touchdowns in 2019, he’s looking to post huge numbers once again and secure a big contract in the offseason.
There projects to be a huge battle for the RB2 spot behind him. The Packers weren’t nearly as good with Jamaal Williams on the field last season. Partly due to Jones’s greatness, but also because of Williams’ lack of burst. Williams is also a free agent in 2021 and will be looking to prove himself worthy of a starting job somewhere in the NFL.
His primary competition comes in the form of the rookie A.J. Dillon. Dillon is a bruising runner selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft out of Boston College. He may be the long-term starter in Green Bay and will be given every opportunity to earn reps in his rookie campaign.
Tyler Ervin was a nice pickup for the Packers in the middle of last year and will almost assuredly make the final roster. He was a huge boost in the return game and the coaching staff even schemed a way to get the ball into his hands once or twice every game. He may not be a true running back like the other three guys ahead of him, but he’s a worthy player nonetheless.
RB1: Aaron Jones
RB2: Jamaal Williams
RB3: A.J. Dillon
RB4: Tyler Ervin
RB5: Dexter Williams
RB6: Damarea Crockett
RB7: Patrick Taylor
It gets murky after Ervin. Dexter Williams, a sixth round pick in last year’s draft, Damarea Crockett, who spent most of last year on the Packers’ practice squad and Patrick Taylor, a great running back in his own right at Memphis, are likely all vying for a spot on the practice squad. It’s highly unlikely Green Bay would carry five running backs on their active roster considering the talent in spots 1-3.
It’s no secret head coach Matt LaFleur wants to focus more heavily on the run game this season. He certainly has the running backs to do so. How he splits up the carries when the games count will be extremely intriguing. For now, the Packers have one of the deepest running back rooms in the NFL.