AJ Dillon

AJ Dillon

24-Year-Old Running BackRB
Green Bay Packers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Through three games in 2021, it looked like Dillon was stuck in the same role he had as a rookie, getting just a handful of touches a week behind Aaron Jones. That all changed in Week 4 against the Steelers, as the two backs posted nearly identical workloads and production. From that point on, Dillon and Jones were in a clear timeshare, and while both players posted solid numbers, neither was able to pull away from the other. Dillon's high-water mark on the season came in Week 10, as he racked up 128 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns. The bruising back out of Boston College carries the same listed weight as Derrick Henry, but at three inches shorter, Dillon looks more like a traditional fullback. He doesn't play like one though, as he has the speed and agility to do more than just thunder through defenders. Dillon has also shown tremendous skill growth since entering the NFL, and he emerged as a pass-catching asset last year. Jones is still in town for at least one more season, and Green Bay promoted from within to replace offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett after his departure for Denver, so there's no reason to think the backfield arrangement will see any big changes. Barring a serious injury to one or the other, Dillon and Jones will likely put a firm ceiling on each other's upside once again in 2022. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a four-year, $5.29 million contract with the Packers in July of 2020.
Expected to split work in 2022
RBGreen Bay Packers
May 6, 2022
Dillon (ribs) and Aaron Jones could split the work "50-50" in the Packers' backfield in 2022, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic suggests.
ANALYSIS
Jones played 52 percent of the snaps to Dillon's 43 percent in 2021, but with Dillon ascending, Schneidman believes those numbers will be even closer in the season ahead. Dillon's 2021 campaign was cut a couple quarters short by a broken rib, but no issues have been reported since, so he should be ready to go when the Packers begin offseason team activities later this month.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do AJ Dillon's 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
12.8%
 
Positive Run %
88.8%
 
% Yds After Contact
66.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.8
 
Rushing TD %
2.7%
 
Touches Per Game
13.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
47.9%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.2
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.01
 
% Team Air Yards
0.1%
 
% Team Targets
6.5%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
91.9%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.4
 
% Targeted On Route
18.7%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
1.58
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do AJ Dillon's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 0"
 
Weight
247 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.53 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.19 sec
 
Vertical Jump
41.0 in
 
Broad Jump
131 in
 
Bench Press
23 reps
 
Hand Length
9.63 in
 
Arm Length
31.63 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2021
2020
A second-round pick in the 2020 draft, Dillon spent most of the season getting scraps in the Packers backfield behind Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams. When he did get an opportunity at a bigger role in Week 16, the rookie erupted for 124 yards and two touchdowns in a blowout win, giving the Titans defense a taste of what their opposition has to face from Derrick Henry every week. Like Henry, Dillon bulldozes through defenders at nearly 250 pounds while showing enough speed and balance through contact to be more than just a short-yardage option, but he has yet to show he has much to offer as a receiver, likely limiting him to early downs. With Williams now in Detroit, Dillon will move into the No. 2 spot, albeit with usage that's likely to be different from Williams, who often handled third downs and other passing situations. And while Dillon's massive frame might seem to hint at goal-line usage, the Packers have enjoyed an awful lot of success leaning on Jones and Davante Adams in the red zone, even if both are average size for their positions. That's not to say Dillon won't get some goal-line work, but Jones also figures to remain involved in the red zone, and his superior receiving skills give him a clear advantage between the 20s. The upside for Dillon likely entails Jones missing time with an injury.
While Dillon going in the second round of the 2020 draft wasn't necessarily a big surprise, the fact that he went to a Green Bay squad that already has Aaron Jones certainly was. Built in the mold of LeGarrette Blount, Dillon has enough speed (4.53 40) to make his bulk (6-0, 247) even more terrifying for would-be tacklers, and he has the patience and vision to let his blocks develop rather than simply jamming the line and trying to bull his way through traffic. He doesn't have much elusiveness, but he didn't need it during his college career given how difficult he was to bring down, and he has the frame to withstand the punishment his bludgeoning running style brings with it. Dillon could provide the thunder in a very effective backfield tandem, and Jones' league-leading 10 touchdowns from inside the 5-yard line last season could be up for grabs if Dillon takes the short-yardage role. The short-term upside does appear limited, as Jamaal Williams likely would share work with Dillon if Jones were to miss time.
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Suffers fractured rib Saturday
RBGreen Bay Packers
Ribs
January 23, 2022
Dillon sustained a broken rib during Saturday's divisional-round loss to the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Scores TD in playoff loss
RBGreen Bay Packers
Chest
January 22, 2022
Dillon (chest) rushed seven times for 25 yards and a touchdown during the Packers' 13-10 loss to the 49ers in their NFC divisional-round matchup Saturday night. He exited the game for good due to his injury late in the first half.
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Dealing with chest injury
RBGreen Bay Packers
Chest
January 22, 2022
Dillon is questionable to return to Saturday's playoff game against San Francisco due to a chest injury.
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Quiet start
RBGreen Bay Packers
January 9, 2022
Dillon ran for 63 yards on 14 carries and caught a four-yard pass on one target against Detroit on Sunday.
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May be featured with Jones out
RBGreen Bay Packers
January 9, 2022
Dillon and Patrick Taylor are the running backs available to the Packers offense Sunday in Detroit with Aaron Jones (knee) inactive, Mike Spofford of the team's official site reports.
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