Welcome back to the fifth (already?!) installment of my Decoding Backfields series. If you are joining for the first time, I recommend going back and reading through my previous pieces to get an idea of where I am going.
All right, perfect. As we shift our attention to the Midwest, we are beginning to see a shift of philosophy within one of the league’s most historic franchises. Once known for its aerial attack that could run up the scoreboard and run teams off the field, the Green Bay Packers, under second-year head coach Matt LaFleur, are starting to show changes in their offensive approach.
As the Packers shift from a pass-heavy approach to a more run-centric focus, how will their backfield look this upcoming season?
The Aaron Jones breakout that so many have been asking for over the past few seasons finally happened. An efficient rusher during his first two years in Green Bay (topping five yards per carry during those two years), he exploded in his third season by topping 230 carries, garnering 68 targets, and scoring 19 total touchdowns.