Aaron Rodgers liked Aaron Jones right away.

While the Green Bay Packers quarterback usually takes a wait-and-see approach when it comes to talking about rookies — including the three running backs the Packers drafted this spring — he’s always observing, always critiquing, always making mental notes about each of them. Why? Because after 13 years around here, he knows that at some point, his draft-and-develop Packers will need them to contribute.

And so, while some might have been surprised by the way Jones performed in last Thursday night’s 35-14 victory over the Chicago Bears — he ran 13 times for 49 yards and a touchdown (3.8-yard average) after injuries knocked starter Ty Montgomery (chest) and backup Jamaal Williams (knee) out of the game — Rodgers was not.

In fact, everything Jones did — except for on one play call, on which he wasn’t sure where to go when he went in motion — confirmed what Rodgers already thought about the rookie fifth-round pick from Texas-El Paso.

“I’ve been a big fan of his since the beginning,” Rodgers said. “I think he’s a very natural runner with the football. He knows what he’s doing. There wasn’t any hesitation. He asked me one time to repeat which side he was motioning to.