It took almost a full season, but AJ Dillon showed on Sunday night that the Packers took him to the second round of this year’s draft.
Dillon played only 54 offensive snaps in the game against the Titans, but led all backs with 38 snaps in a 40–14 victory. Dillon performed 21 times for 124 yards and two second half touchdowns, showing a great mix of speed and power.
After the game, Dillon said he felt like he could “sneak up on people” because he did not expect his size to go up. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers looked like what happened to him.
“It was a surprise,” Rodgers said through PackersNews.com’s Ryan Wood. “It’s not that we didn’t think he could do it, but we hadn’t seen it. I remember I liked his attitude, I liked that you’d start seeing his swag, confidence. It’s a back. It’s fun to watch, and he was bringing it. He was scoring in a way that he really wasn’t up to this point. “
In addition to finishing third on the depth chart, a bout with COVID-19 has also been interrupted in Dillon’s rookie season. It remains to be seen what the depth chart will look like when Jamal Williams returns to action, but Sunday night there was a hint that Dillon could help the postersman make the most of his journey.