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Friday Cheese Curds: Aaron Rodgers needs Aaron Jones

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Under Matt LaFleur’s offense, Jones could make Rodgers’ life much easier

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Aaron Rodgers used to crack jokes at Aaron Jones’ expense.

The quarterback is no longer laughing.

As players showed up this week for the start of the Green Bay Packers’ offseason program, Rodgers during his media availability singled out both Jones and Jamaal Williams when noting players who looked more fit than ever when they reported.

The two-time league MVP said he used to chide Jones for being “the most athletic, fast guy with a little bit of a belly.” That apparently is no longer the case as Jones has gotten more lean while working out on his own.

Rodgers can tease Jones (and Williams) all he wants, but in LaFleur’s offense he is going to need them. The head coach made it clear he wants to make Rodgers’ life easier by taking things off his plate and that means running the ball more often. LaFleur often spoke of “marrying the run with the pass” and while the offense will always tilt towards the pass with a talent like Rodgers under center, a more balanced attack should be music to the quarterback’s ears.

There’s more on Jones and Williams and what LaFleur and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett could do with them in today’s curds.

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