With Aaron Rodgers settling down in New York with the Jets, the Green Bay Packers offense will have a new quarterback calling the plays. As Green Bay's organized team activities begin on May 23, Packers quarterback Jordan Love is set to start his first full season as the team's starting signal-caller.
Love has a dependable veteran presence in running back Aaron Jones, who is entering his seventh NFL season. Jones has made notable moves as Packers running backs coach Ben Sirmans watches during the team's recent practice sessions.
"We're flying through drills, having those guys go full speed and (Steven Jackson's) like, 'Oh wait a minute now, I've been in this league for a while, I don't have the same legs as these young bucks,'" Sirmans said this week, comparing working with Jackson later in the RB's career to monitoring Jones in Year 7. "So, sometimes I got to try to be a little bit conscious of that, but it really hasn't affected him. He's still going as fast and hard as anybody out there. I just try from a physical standpoint; I try to be more conscious of that. That, you know, he's going into his seventh year. But it hasn't really, he hasn't missed a beat. He's flying around faster than anybody in that room."
During the 2022 season, the 28-year-old running back played 17 games for Green Bay and carried the ball 213 times, resulting in 1,121 yards and two touchdowns. Jones also continued to be a dual-threat with 59 receptions for 395 yards and five touchdowns. The Packers' backfield boasts another talented running back in AJ Dillon, whose ability to evade tackles and excel in short-yardage situations creates a dynamic and formidable one-two punch. Jones and Dillon make up one of the top running back duos in the league.
Green Bay will have to adjust by entrusting Love with the offensive keys. Love, a third-year QB, only has one official start to his name, which was during his second season in 2021. He played in four games last year, completing 14 of 21 passes for 195 yards and one touchdown.
As Jones remains steady entering his seventh season with the Packers, Green Bay eagerly anticipates how Love's game will benefit with Jones and Dillon in the quarterback's first season starting in Lambeau.