Amid an unsteady season riddled with injuries, Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones is making headlines as the team approaches a critical Week 10 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Despite a rocky start to the season, with missed games and wavering performances, Jones shows signs of a possible resurgence.
In the season opener, Jones dazzled fans with a 127-yard, two-touchdown performance that harked back to his peak potential. Since then, his on-field production has declined, leaving fans and fantasy football owners questioning if Week 10 will mark his return as a formidable backfield force.
As the Packers gear up for their next game, all eyes are on Jones's recovery trajectory. The Packers' latest injury report casts uncertainty over Jones's status, as he's been a sporadic participant in practice sessions leading up to the Steelers game.
Classified as questionable, his limited practice engagement suggests a cautious optimism about his readiness for Sunday's gridiron battle.
Jones's Gradual Comeback
Jones's journey back to form has been gradual. After a bye in Week 6, he returned to moderate yardage against the Broncos and Vikings, before rallying to 99 yards and a scoring run against the Rams, signaling a potential upturn.
The Packers' versatile back demonstrated his value, contributing 19.9 fantasy points to owners' rosters in Week 8, reminding fans of his scoring ability that was on full display last season. The hamstring injury, which has plagued Jones since Week 2, continues to be a source of concern.
While his participation in practices might herald his presence on the field against the Steelers, it's uncertain whether he can replicate the high-level performances of his previous outings. Analytics from Sportskeeda's Start/Sit Optimizer project modest gains for Jones in the upcoming game, with expectations set at four receptions and a combined 73 yards on the ground.
These projections, however, are subject to change, given the dynamic nature of NFL play and Jones's condition. The Steelers' defense could play to Jones's advantage, as their record for the season shows vulnerabilities against the run, conceding an average of 21.7 fantasy points to opposing running backs.
With Pittsburgh allowing over 133 rushing yards per game, the stage is set for Jones to potentially exploit these defensive gaps and revive his reputation as a key player in the Packers' offense.