Posted: 6/10/2020 12:18 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones drew raves from the coaching staff for how he played near the end of the 2019 season, and beat writer Mark Cook believes that he doesn't 'think there is any question at this point that (Jones) is the starting running back ... unless he completely melts down in (training) camp - or gets injured.'
Huddle Up: While Cook notes that the team does like Ke'Shawn Vaughn, the absence of any pre-camp work for rookies should have been a fairly clear indication that the odds were going to be stacked against him in 2020. Cook also noted that he believes Jones will become the team's first 1,000-yard rusher since Doug Martin in 2015 if he can stay healthy. If his ADP continues to hang around the sixth or seventh round in drafts, Jones could easily end up becoming one of the best value picks in fantasy this season.
Posted: 5/15/2020 2:14 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones' limitations in the passing game have cost him playing time at various points throughout his two-year NFL career, but he is focusing his offseason work on running sharper routes and being more consistent with his hands. In addition, his workout coach also stated that Jones is 225 pounds.
Huddle Up: The overwhelming majority of fantasy owners seem to believe the lead role is rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn's for the taking. While it is possible the third-rounder overtakes Jones at some point, it appears many folks are unwilling to appreciate the strides the second-year back made last season. It's just as likely Jones takes over the backfield in 2020 as it is that he splits time with Vaughn, but the veteran would have to fall on his face in order to be cast aside. Jones boasts significant fantasy RB3 upside as a result.
Posted: 4/09/2020 6:10 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones was given an endorsement from general manager Jason Licht on Thursday, April 9. 'We have a lot of faith in Ronald. We have more faith in him than we ever have,' Licht said.
Huddle Up: While this doesn't say much, and it could easily be construed as "GM speak," the fact Tampa has yet to bring in a running back this offseason says something to Jones' credit. The NFL draft will be interesting for a team with few other glaring needs and a prized new quarterback to help. Jones has RB2 potential if all goes well, but there's also a great deal of concern through uncertainty and his lack of consistently capable play to date.
Posted: 4/01/2020 3:54 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones averaged a broken tackle once every 7.5 rushing attempts in 2019 - good for the fourth-best mark among qualified rushers in the league. His 23 total broken tackles ranked 11th among all players.
Posted: 3/30/2020 1:35 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones could face new competition for snaps on third down next season, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'We'd love to have a pass-catching back,' Arians said.
Huddle Up: Jones rebounded in 2019 after a dreadful rookie campaign, tallying 1,031 yards from scrimmage and catching 31 passes. He should still handle most of the work on early downs, but if Jones isn't on the field in passing situations, it is going to limit his ceiling, especially with Tom Brady now under center. He's best viewed as a flex option for the time being.
Posted: 12/21/2019 9:46 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones rushed for 77 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries against the Houston Texans in Week 16. He also caught three passes for 32 yards during the game.
Huddle Up: Jones has received at least 10 carries in four of the last five games and had one of his better games this week. He can be at least a flex option in fantasy leagues next week.
Posted: 12/15/2019 9:34 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones rushed 11 times for 23 yards in Week 15 against the Detroit Lions and he had a catch for 26 years on three targets.
Huddle Up: The Lions bottled up both Jones and Peyton Barber, but they couldn't stop the pass. Jones will look for more running room in Week 16 against the Houston Texans, but he should be treated as nothing more than a RB4 in most formats at this point.
Posted: 12/09/2019 1:49 am UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones rushed 11 times for 36 yards in Week 14 against the Indianapolis Colts and he had four grabs for 23 yards on five targets.
Huddle Up: Jones is more of a danger in the pass game than on the ground. He remains a decent low-end RB3 or flex fantasy play in PPR leagues heading into Week 15 in Detroit with lesser appeal in standard formats.
Posted: 12/04/2019 8:38 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones is still the team's starter, according to head coach Bruce Arians Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Huddle Up: Jones rushed just six times for eight yards and didn't have a single ball thrown his way against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13, as Peyton Barber rushed 17 times for 44 yards and two touchdowns. Jones has been up and down all year and has often disappointed fantasy managers who start him as an RB2 or flex option. He's likely too volatile to trust in playoff matchups.
Posted: 12/01/2019 11:00 pm UTC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones rushed for eight yards on six carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 13.
Huddle Up: Jones entered the game with a touchdown in three of the previous four games but was not a big part of the offense this week. He should have a bigger role next week and has a chance to be a flex option.