The Green Bay Packers have added another running back to their roster heading into their Week 2 matchup against the rival Chicago Bears.

The Packers have elevated RB Patrick Taylor to their 53-man roster after going with just two backs (Aaron Jones and A.J. Dillon) in their Week 1 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Dillon and Jones combined for 15 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown last week, with Jones averaging 9.8 yards per carry and Dillon averaging 4.5 yards each time he toted the rock.

Despite tearing it up when he got the ball against Minnesota, Jones had just eight touches all game (five rushes, three receptions). Packers coach Matt LaFleur admitted he’s planning on utilizing the running game — and Jones — quite a bit more moving forward.

“We need to get them the ball more, especially in the run game,” LaFleur said on September 12. “I thought we were running the ball pretty efficiently. We had a couple of explosive runs. I thought our backs, I really love how they competed. I mean, they were fighting for every inch out there.”

Taylor Could See Action vs. Bears

An undrafted free agent out of Memphis, Taylor appeared in nine games for Green Bay last season, carrying the ball 23 times for 89 yards (3.9 yards per carry) and a score. In his 45 collegiate games with the Tigers, Taylor amassed 2,884 rushing yards and 36 touchdowns on 536 carries.

At 6’2″ and 217 pounds, Taylor isn’t a speedster, but he’s a big-bodied back who could be a nice plug-and-play option when Dillon sits.

Taylor had over 3.0 yards after contact per rush last year according to Pro Football Focus, and he had two explosive runs of 20 yards or more in his 23 carries, so he showed flashes in limited opportunities.

It’s also not likely that the Bears will have prepared much for him, as their focus heading into the game will have been mostly on Dillon and Jones. Thus, Patrick could have a few chances to make plays against a Bears defense that allowed 176 yards rushing to the San Francisco 49ers Week 1.

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