Cory's Corner: Aaron Jones Is Easily A Top 10 Back

What does Aaron Jones have to do to get some respect?

Jones had career bests of 1,084 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns last year. He has one of the best wiggles by his 86 evaded tackles, which was fourth in the league. 

Yet, there's all that and ESPN didn't even include Jones in its Top 10 running back list. 

I can see 1. Saquon Barkley, 2. Christian McCaffrey, 3. Ezekiel Elliott, 4. Alvin Kamara and 5. Derrick Henry. However, after that it gets a little fuzzy. You could make an argument that Jones is better Dalvin Cook at No. 6 but he's definitely better than Nick Chubb and Joe Mixon. 

Many may not want to hear this, but Jones was the engine to the Packers' offense last year. He had 57 percent of the carries and he also netted 43 percent of Green Bay's rushing and receiving touchdowns.

Jones was the team MVP last year. He has proven that he can hit the home run, evade tacklers, he isn't afraid to run between the tackles and to showcase his versatility, his receptions have nearly doubled from 2018 to 2019. 

It could be that Jones' breakout season was last year, but a strong breakout season isn't a reason to keep someone from being the best in the league. If you're the best at your position, you're the best. No questions asked.

The problem is, this doesn't help Jones out whatsoever. He becomes a free agent in 2021. If 50 NFL executives don't think he's a Top 10 running back, that just means that he not only has to produce this season but he has to do it injury-free. If he doesn't produce or if he gets hurt, his value will take a sharp dive. 

My value of a running back's worth is what it means when he's not on the field. He is a legitimate three-down back. He doesn't get notoriety like Barkley or Elliott because he didn't come into the league with that kind of pedigree. However, he has proven his worth and then some. And to think, all of that production you see each week is the result of a fifth round pick. 

To keep him outside of the Top 10 is purely ridiculous. He will take Matt LaFleur's offense into the stratosphere this season. 

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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stockholder's picture

July 11, 2020 at 07:06 am

I love Jones. But he did serve a suspension. That might be the problem. (Respect and Talking contract.) I do believe the Packers want him. Jones must show Responsibility. Maybe he won't.

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fastmoving's picture

July 11, 2020 at 09:30 am

Just the weakest/dumbest do not take Responsibility and Jones is smart and strong. He does not even need to wear a wig or paint himself orange.......

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fastmoving's picture

July 11, 2020 at 09:27 am

I would arguee he is in the top 5 and the best receiving back at all.
Suspension was in 2018 (I believe) and for nothing. The police report was laughable.
He took always Responsibility and seems like a great person

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July 11, 2020 at 09:28 am

He had one very good season. I hope he's not one and done. Acquiring Dillon puts Jones as more of a receiver, imo, and he might do really well at that. He's very good at getting into the endzone.

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fastmoving's picture

July 11, 2020 at 09:49 am

He was very good in 2018 as well as everyone freaked out that MM did not use him more.....

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

July 11, 2020 at 10:40 am

Jones scored on 42% of his carries that originated in the red zone, tops in the NFL. Derrick Henry was a distant second at 31%.

Yes, Dillon is a big back. Looking at the actual results, Jones should be running the ball, especially in the red zone. Sure, Jones can catch passes as well.

Dillon needs to prove it, and he deserves the opportunity to show what he can do.

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fordguy's picture

July 11, 2020 at 03:47 pm

A. Rodgers casts a very large shadow versus looking at SOME of the QB play on other teams. Some of the RBs mentioned are basically the face of the franchise on the other teams. A. Jones not so much.

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Leatherhead's picture

July 11, 2020 at 04:11 pm

I definitely agree that you want Jones on the field a lot, especially the closer you get to the end zone because he really seems to have the knack of scoring. But I also think that Dillon, behind essentially six good offensive linemen, is going to demand an answer. And the defense still has to guard Rodgers to Adams.

Simple math tells me that our #2 TE, and our #2 WR, and anybody we put in the slot is going to be guarded by one guy. For me, Jones would get a lot of his snaps there and we’d see him on jet sweeps, reverses, quick screens, shovel passes more often than lining up behind the QB on first and ten.

I think that our best 5 man skill position group includes Adams, Jones, Lazard, Dillon and a TE. The thought of Dillon against a 7 man front makes me smile, and the thought of some nickel back trying to not get de-jocked by Jones is full of possibilities.

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PatrickGB's picture

July 11, 2020 at 10:06 am

The lower he is ranked, the higher the chances of the team being able to resign him.

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Turophile's picture

July 11, 2020 at 10:06 am

Few fans would argue against Aaron Jones being a good RB. The problem is the position he plays.

Any team can only afford a handful of players with big contracts. Packers players already earning $9+m per year, are A.Rodgers, Z.Smith, P.Smith, D.Adams, D.Bakhtiari, Corey Linsley and Adrian Amos. You will soon be adding Kenny Clark to that group and David Bakhtiari will be due another big payday before long.

If Aaron Rodgers is replaced in a couple of years with Jordan Love in 2022, THEN you would have more money to throw around, but as it stands the Packers, like any quality team, wants it's big money earners to be at premium positions if possible, like offensive tackles, pass rushers, QB, no.1 WR. Sadly, due to the short lifespan of good RBs and the (relative) ease with which you can get decent replacements, they are low on the list of big money earners.

I don't expect the Packers to pay $9m+ to A.Jones............. and their drafting Dillon suggests they think this way as well. Despite the fondness most of us have for A.J. I expect him to chase the money and go elsewhere for his second contract - why wouldn't he do that, the way he has played deserves a good payday from someone.

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Oppy's picture

July 11, 2020 at 10:14 am

Gotta call Aaron Jones, Aaron Jones now. There's another A.J. in the RB room now. :)

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Jonathan Spader's picture

July 11, 2020 at 11:09 am

Who cares where Aaron Jones ranks? It's a ranking system aka popularity contest just like the probowl. All that matters is what Jones does for the Packers amd that we as fans appreciate his explosiveness. Zadarius Smith was a probowl snubb as well. Rankings don't mean a thing Cory. If I ranked you as CHTV's worst author would you care?

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July 11, 2020 at 01:50 pm

Frankly, that is the pathetic reality of today's "hot take" sports journalism. It's rare that you actually learn something from the clickbait writers and doltish talking heads at ESPN or FS1 or wherever. They just like to start stupid arguments that I have no interest in joining.

I especially love it when they have juvenile arguments about words and terms that they have never defined.... like who is a "franchise quarterback" or who is a "shut down corner" or who "tilts the field" or who is "elite." If they would be sensible and actually define what they meant by these terms then that would lead to clarity. And that's why they don't do it. They don't want clarity. They want hot takes and arguments.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

July 11, 2020 at 02:42 pm

Hot takes, arguments, and household names. That's ok though marpag TGR breaks down salary caps, Al gives you his brain drain. CHTV had it's own star in Andy Hermann who chased FA money and why wouldn't he want to get paid for the work he did?

I've gotten some good insight from commentors in my time on CHTV. There's plenty of podcasts out there that are way more insightful than ESPN. It's no longer about quality of contest it's about the quantity of clicks.

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July 11, 2020 at 03:07 pm

A. Jones is a top 5 RB in the NFL and an overall top 2-3 dual threat offensive weapon. He's just so elusive with the ball in his hands either way. If we don't resign him we will be able to replace his TD production with 2 players, maybe 3. That is where we are at on this topic.

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oldpointer's picture

July 11, 2020 at 07:07 pm

Just hoping to see a season played. I couldn’t care less about who’s ranked where.

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July 11, 2020 at 10:16 pm

Everyone is hoping for that. We will be without multiple high end players next year. Author just pointing out the obvious. Jones play is rare to Green Bay. Hard to replace all that he is with one player if it comes to that.

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