Before the Green Bay Packers selected AJ Dillon in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, there was a narrative going around about the former Boston College running back that simply wasn’t true.

Draft experts didn’t believe Dillon could be a capable receiver out of the backfield in the NFL.

That belief was mostly due to the fact that Dillon only had 21 receptions during his three seasons at Boston College (compared to 845 carries).

It turns out that Dillon is a more than capable pass catcher, he just wasn’t used in the passing game at Boston College. That entire narrative was inaccurate.

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Aug 4, 2022; Ashwaubenon, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and running back AJ Dillon (28) participate in training camp on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at Ray Nitschke Field in Ashwaubenon, Wis. Mandatory Credit: Samantha Madar-USA TODAY Sports

If you bought the narrative that Dillon wasn’t a good pass catcher, don’t feel bad — so did a lot of folks in the Green Bay organization.

Fellow running back Aaron Jones, in fact, was surprised by Dillon’s pass-catching abilities.

And when he asked Dillon about the narrative that he wasn’t a capable pass catcher, Dillon brushed it off simply pointing out that he never caught the ball in college because they never asked him to.

From The Athletic:

Dillon had been asked only to run a flat or swing route. but he quickly learned far more was required to grasp an NFL passing game. He knew he actually had to understand where other receivers would be in relation to him and not just what route he was running, that he couldn’t just drift off if the ball didn’t come his way because it might mess up the whole concept, that specific hand placements were required when catching certain passes.

He didn’t want to give coaches a reason to not put him on the field, and it didn’t take long for Dillon to fine-tune the biggest unknown in his arsenal that would be the key ingredient for the future of the Packers’ backfield.

“When he came in catching the ball, I was like, ‘AJ, why was there a narrative that you couldn’t catch the ball?’” Jones says. “He was like, ‘Because they just didn’t throw it to me.’”

You have to love that Dillon didn’t dwell on the narrative. Instead, he just went to work. That’s part of what makes him such a great player.

Speaking of work, because Dillon wasn’t asked to catch the ball at Boston College, it meant he didn’t have much experience running various routes.

That’s the one thing he had to learn how to do once he was drafted by the Packers.

It didn’t take long for Dillon to figure it out. As a rookie, Dillon caught just two passes for 21 yards while playing in 11 games.

This past season, however, saw Dillon catch 34 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns. Not bad considering he was splitting time with Aaron Jones (who caught 52 passes for 391 yards and six touchdowns).

Green Bay might have the best one-two punch in the NFL at running back. And a big reason for that is the duo’s ability to catch the ball out of the backfield.

The bad news for the rest of the NFL is that Dillon is still perfecting his abilities in the passing game. With another year of experience under his belt, the man known as Quadzilla should be even more dangerous in the passing game in 2022.

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