Jones’ Injury Opens Door For Williams And Monty
Aaron Jones had a decent rookie season heading into Sunday’s game against Chicago. Jones sprained his MCL, and he will miss three to six weeks which puts him at least out until mid-December and quite possibly the season. This changes what Green Bay will be doing on the ground. Ty Montgomery also got hurt in the game, but he will get another chance to be the lead back if Monty’s ribs are doing okay. If not, Jaamal Williams and Devante Mays will be the two running backs this Sunday. Could it be time for Williams’ moment during the season on Sunday? After a strong performance against Chicago, I wouldn’t bet against it.
Many assumed that if one player would take Montgomery’s starting role, it would be Williams, not Jones. When the four-round pick went down with a knee injury in Week 4, that paved the way for Jones. Much like the former BYU standout, he had a big game in the second half against the Chicago Bears. Williams deserves to get 10 carries if Monty ends up playing because the guy showed a bruising running style that adds an element to the Packers’ rushing attack. You could even make the argument that Williams should be the lead running back no matter what Monty’s status is on Sunday.
There will be some opportunities to run the ball against Baltimore as they come in with an average rush defense rating 16th in DVOA. Green Bay will likely lean heavy on their run game too with Baltimore having one of the best pass defenses in the league. Ravens have shown some struggles stopping the run. I’m interested to see more of Williams. I thought highly of him prior to the season and believe a major moment is coming for the young kid.