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Thursday Cheese Curds: AJ Dillon is primed for a breakout year

You want to bet against those quads? Good luck.

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When Jamaal Williams left in free agency, fans felt a mix of sadness in losing Williams as well as excitement in seeing what AJ Dillon could do.

Dillon and his infamous quads are now second on the running back depth chart behind Aaron Jones and the duo will form a potentially even more lethal combination that Jones and Williams did the past two seasons.

Dillon’s potential was on full display against the Tennessee Titans last December as he ran for 124 yards in a cold, snowy blowout victory. We can’t say for certain that was the game that made the Packers decide they could live without Williams but it at least made them think about it/

Dillon’s presence will give head coach Matt LaFleur the option to move Jones around even more than he has in the past. When you have a big bruising back like Dillon, it opens things up for the more elusive players like Jones.

Coaches often talk of the leap players make in their second year and Dillon is a prime candidate to make a huge jump. Despite a long bout with COVID-19 last season, he still showed steady improvement and acknowledged at OTAs he is much more confident in himself knowing the offense and not being as nervous in the huddle.

Comparing their body types, one might label Jones and Dillon as thunder and lightning and regardless of who ultimately lines up under center for Green Bay, this running back tandem looks ready to take the league by storm.

‘Quadzilla’ alert: Packers’ AJ Dillon ready to put the squeeze on opposing defenses—PackersNews.com (subscription)

The video that went viral of Dillon destroying a watermelon with his quads could be an analogy for what he could do to opposing defenses this season.

AJ Dillon looking to form ‘best running back tandem in the NFL’ with Aaron Jones—Packers.com

Thunder and Lightning, Quadzilla and The Sombrero, whatever you want to call them the Packers will again have a two-headed monster at running back and that should help keep the offense as potent as it was last year.

Matt LaFleur wants to ‘feature’ Packers TE Robert Tonyan more in 2021—Packers Wire

Big Bob had a big season a year ago and now that he has signed his RFA tender, Tonyan can work on building on his breakout 2020 season to truly become one of the league’s elite tight ends.

NFL’s most underappreciated players: Deion Jones, Allen Robinson, Dallas Goedert among NFC picks—NFL.com

We would hope Adrian Amos is appreciated a lot more than he seems to be as he’s a reliable presence at safety and has been a huge upgrade over HaHa Clinton-Dix.

Wisconsin sheriff thanks ‘Bovine Unit’ after cows confront car police had chased for 13 miles—USA Today

An udderly wild ending to this chase gives way to a legen-dairy moment for these 13 cows.