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Cheese Curds, 6/1: Keeping up with the Packers’ Joneses

Second-year pros Aaron and Josh Jones are taking different approaches in how they’ll make a jump in year two.

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The second-year jump is a common topic of discussion for Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy. He often says that players take their biggest leaps in physical ability, productivity, and knowledge of football between their first and second NFL seasons. And as always, that will be a focus for a Packers squad that saw a varying level of production from its 2017 rookie class.

Two players in that group who received significant playing time as rookies are second-round safety Josh Jones and fifth-round running back Aaron Jones. Both are looking to make that big leap in their sophomore seasons, but they’re going about making it happen in very different ways.

One of them is focusing on a single position after bouncing around in a variety of roles last season, and he said he is already seeing benefits. The other is reshaping his body to add some bulk while still maintaining his burst and speed. For each of these players, as well as the rest of the Packers’ 2017 draftees, opportunity is knocking. Hopefully everyone has put in the work in the weight room and the classroom to take that big jump for 2018.

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