News: 5 days agoJones (hamstring) rushed five times for 18 yards and secured one of two targets for minus-4 yards in the Packers' 34-20 loss to the Lions on Thursday night.
Spin: Making his first appearance since Week 1 due to a hamstring strain, Jones didn't have to worry about testing his previously ailing leg too stringently. A game script that saw Green Bay already down 14-3 after one quarter and 27-3 at the half essentially nullified the viability of the Packers' ground attack, leaving Jones tied with AJ Dillon for the team lead in rush attempts. Jones will now have plenty of extra time to get back to full health if he isn't already, as the Packers don't retake the field until Monday night, Oct. 9 against the Raiders.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Jones enters 2023 looking for his fifth consecutive top-10 fantasy campaign. The 2017 fifth-round pick has been as reliable as they come, finishing inside the top 15 at RB in targets, receptions and scrimmage yards each of the past four seasons. His rushing efficiency has been nothing short of elite -- he sits second in yards per carry (5.1) among 40 RBs with 550-plus carries since he was drafted in 2017. Jones has 11 receiving TDs over the past two seasons, though his goal line work has been trending down (two carries inside the 5-yard line last season) and helps explain why he produced only three top-10 fantasy weeks in 2022. The 28-year-old will continue to share the backfield with AJ Dillon and the offense figures to lose some steam with Aaron Rodgers gone, so Jones is best viewed as a good RB2.