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.
Rookie running back Aaron Jones quickly impressed Aaron Rodgers
Wisconsin State Journal | Oct 3