Green Bay – First defender hit AJ Dillon at the 5-yard line. Matt Dickerson, the defending party to the Tennessee Titans, paid the price for the mistake. Dickerson bounced back a few yards. He was weightless, on a trip. Like a bullfighter who just hit a bull.
As Dillon continued their descent towards the goal line late in the Packers ’14-40 win Sunday night, the Titans’ defense converged. Safety Kevin Bayard wrapped his arms around Dillon’s waist at the 2-yard line, but slid down his legs. Defending full-back Amani Hooker trapped Dillon in 1. Dickerson remained below Dillon, a 300-pound speed bump.
This was Giannis Antetokounmpo abandoning two or three defenders at the edge. When Dillon took the delivery from Aaron Rodgers on the 11-yard line, 6 yards behind the melee line, he had no work to reach the finish area. To get there, he had to sail through a minefield of defenders of the giants.
The 250-pound tail tail ran through them as if they weren’t there.
Willpower, determination, whatever, Dillon said. “I don’t want to be too dramatic, but we’re on the goal line, we’re in the gold zone, and I saw a crease.
“At that point, it would take something to stop me. I just wanted to go in there and get another traction.”
You’ve been wondering what Dillon might look like while holding a soccer ball from the moment I saw his measurements on the night the players drafted him. How big is it? How fast is it? They don’t make much of a sprinting appearance like the 4.53 speed bus.
Finally, on Sunday night I saw what tempted the Packers to use a second-round casting in a center that was already featuring Aaron Jones, Jamal Williams. Vision General Manager Brian Gottkunst had to add strength to the strength. Yes, Dillon’s roof is really that tall. On Sunday night, on the first extended playing time of his career, Dillon showed what irresistible potential looks like.
Dillon had a 124-yard game height on 21 stands, including two touchdowns. One point was strength, as Dillon ran over defense of titans like The Incredible Hulk running through a wall. The other was amazing speed.
In fourth inches in the third quarter, Dillon deceived the Defense Titans. They took confused corners, convinced that a back-to-back run of this size couldn’t run that fast. Except for Dillon. He stepped out of Adoree ‘Jackson’s corner to dive into the melee line, barely touching. Safety Kenny Vaccaro came flying from all over the field, but as he rushed to wrap his arms around Dillon, he was catching air.
Dillon was already over it, and there was nothing between it and a 30-yard landing.
Dillon said, “I feel like I’m kind of sneaking around people, because I have a little bit of speed, because I’m big like me. So you always play – every impression, pretty much – you make the first guy miss. Don’t come off at first contact. So when I made the guy … The first misses, and I saw one face against safety, all I could think of was, “Score the goal.” And it ended up in my favor. ”
The whole night ended in favor of Dillon. Not lost on the rookie was that his NFL debut came against the standard of big and powerful back-end footballers in the NFL. Across the field, Derek Henry stood on the other side. For years, Dillon has been compared to Henry. There are very few ball carriers for its size. He saw Henry’s movie trying to emulate it.
On Sunday, Dillon outdid Henry in the same field.
Because of the more adorable Henry bottles from the Packers, the Titans star finished off from 98 yards on 23 wagons. It did not reach the end zone.
“It was a surprise,” said midfielder Aaron Rodgers. “Not that we didn’t think he could do this, but we didn’t see it. I remember liked his stance, I liked that you started to see his booty show, confidence. It’s fun to see noon, and he was bringing it in. He was ending the run the way he did.” He has not reached her until this moment. ”
It was also a surprise because just a few weeks ago, it wasn’t clear if Dillon would play again this season. The day after sprinting five 21 yards against the Minnesota Vikings in November, Dillon learned that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
He won’t return to the stadium until last week, as he missed six matches with a tough issue. For weeks, Delon was not allowed into the team’s facilities. Rodgers said he wasn’t sure he would see the rookie again this season until he met him randomly at Lampo Field’s fairway. Until then, it took another two weeks of working with coach Brian Engel and strength and conditioning coordinator Chris Geese to regain his strength.
Coach Matt LaFleur said: “There is a lot of unknown with COVID.” “It was a bit amazing how long it took, but it affects everyone a little differently. We’re just grateful, first of all that he’s healthy and able to fight through it. I know there were some scary moments, for sure, for him.” In terms of just fighting through it. ”
Said Dillon: “I’m going to be the poster boy for COVID is the real deal.”
Dillon returned last week against the Carolina Panthers, but was cut short. His blast flashed at a distance of 18 yards, but it was his only campaign. With Williams inactive Sunday due to a quadriceps injury, the Packers were determined to use Dillon more.
He didn’t have a perfect start. I gained my first pregnancy one yard. His second campaign gained 1 yard. But the firmness kept giving it to him.
“I just stuck with it, and in the end a couple stood out for me,” Dillon said.
My running is finally getting longer. And heavier. decline. Dillon took to the Defense of the Titans, the way huge beams should run in the snow.
It was a long way for Dillon to reach his escape. He had to wait behind for perhaps the deepest background in the NFL. Pandemic has passed. His team mates wondered when he would be back. Fans wondered if they would see the brilliance of Round Two.
On Sunday, all the patience was worth it.
Receiver Davante Adams said, “AJ has done exactly what I’ve been waiting for all this time.” “Obviously I saw what he could do in practice, but coming out – and he had flashes – but to get a strong match like that, to beat Derek Henry when he didn’t even start, I mean, just a great performance.
“AJ is a monster. So I think you’ll see more of that in the future.”