Aaron Rodgers had plenty of good things to say about A.J. Dillon.
The Green Bay Packers not only thrashed the Tennessee Titans on a snowy Lambeau Field in primetime, but they did so with a balanced attack, as four Aaron Rodgers touchdowns were complimented by a dominant game on the ground from both Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon, who was called into action after an injury to Jones.
While the 250-pound bulldozer in Dillon hasn’t seen much playing time, he certainly answered the bell, running for 124 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Rodgers was very complimentary, claiming that he “liked his attitude” before correctly observing that Dillon was “finishing runs the way that he really hasn’t up until this point.”
A.J. Dillon showed why he was such a hot commodity in the draft
Dillon ran for 4,382 yards and 38 touchdowns in three years of college ball at Boston College, but his selection by Green Bay near the end of the second round really raised some eyebrows. Not only was Dillon considered a below-average athlete, but he joined a team that already had Jones and Jamaal Williams ready to take up touches.
Dillon’s time in the spotlight finally came, and he massacred a weak Titans defense, using his power to pick up extra yards in the frigid Wisconsin winter. Even if Jones ends up playing at less than 100 percent in the playoffs, Green Bay can trust Dillon to touch the ball 20 times.
While Brian Gutekunst was flamed post-draft for picking Dillon and a backup quarterback in Jordan Love over a wide receiver in the draft, the Dillon pick proved to be quite the savvy move, as it helped the Packers plant their flag and secure the NFC’s top seed. This won’t be the last time in his Packers career Dillon takes over a game.