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Tuesday Cheese Curds: Aaron Jones comes up big when Packers need it most

The 29-year-old running back put together one of the best three-game stretches of his career to close out the season.

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The Packers’ young players are the headline, but as far as their playoff push is concerned, it’s their oldest offensive player that might be the biggest story.

After spending most of the year in and out of the lineup with an assortment of injuries, Aaron Jones has returned to the field at full strength, putting up his biggest performances of the season when it’s mattered most.

Jones rushed for 358 yards on 63 carries over the Packers’ final three games, more than half of his total rushing output for the season. He hasn’t found the end zone, but he’s been explosive and consistent, a crucial factor with fellow back AJ Dillon also banged up.

That he’s doing this having just turned 29 is all the more impressive. Age isn’t just a number for most NFL running backs, and that Jones is a bit long in the tooth stands out all the more among the kindergarten that is the Packers’ offense. But even if the youth movement has grabbed the attention of fans and media alike, Jones, the elder statesman on that side of the ball, still has a big role to play.

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