New Packers head coach Matt LaFleur wants to get the team’s running backs more involved in the passing game according to an interview on packers.com.
Green Bay’s backfield finished 24th in total receptions last season, and the unit’s 17 percent target share was well below league average. It sounds like they will rank a bit better in those numbers under the new coaching staff. “I love it when we can give [running backs] the ball in the passing game,” LaFleur said. “That’s one more eligible that the defense really has to focus on.”
The biggest beneficiary of the new emphasis on catching passes out of the backfield will likely be third-year back Aaron Jones. Originally a fifth-round pick out of UTEP in 2017, Jones took a step forward in the passing game in 2018 with 26 receptions for 206 yards in 12 games.