Ronald Jones
RB TB (7)
1 week ago2 Comments

Coach Bruce Arians said the Bucs would "love to have a pass-catching back" to complement Jones in the backfield, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

This might be taken as a hint that the Bucs are comfortable with Jones as their lead runner, but it also could be interpreted as a critique of his blocking and receiving skills. The offseason priorities in Tampa Bay were to add Tom Brady and re-sign key players in the defensive front seven, while RB Peyton Barber and WR Breshad Perriman were permitted to leave without much of a challenge. The backfield depth chart now looks paper-thin behind Jones, featuring Dare Ogunbowale, T.J. Logan (thumb) and Aca'Cedric Ware -- a trio with 16 combined NFL carries. Tampa figures to add running backs in the coming weeks, and while that may include an early draft pick, Arians doesn't seem too worried about the position.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (7)
1 month ago

General manager Jason Licht said the Buccaneers expect Jones to be even better in 2020, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

While far from spectacular this past season, Jones undoubtedly took a big step forward from his washout rookie campaign, leading the Tampa backfield in rushing yards (724), yards per carry (4.2), receiving yards (309) and yards per target (7.7). There's potential for a larger workload with Peyton Barber scheduled to become a free agent on the heels of an underwhelming season, but it won't come as any surprise if the Bucs replace the veteran with an early draft pick or superior free agent. Jones likely will have competition for carries in one form or another, plus the Bucs still have passing-down specialist Dare Ogunbowale.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (7)
3 months ago

Jones rushed 11 times for 106 yards and secured both of his targets for 10 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-22 overtime loss to the Falcons on Sunday. He also committed two fumbles, losing one.

EDGE Analysis

Jones' pair of fumbles were naturally a blemish, but he did help make up for it with a career-high rushing yardage total that was partly comprised of a 33-yard run. It was a positive finish to the season for Jones, who posted 183 total rushing yards over his last pair of games and was exponentially better than during an utterly forgettable 2018 rookie campaign. Head coach Bruce Arians never quite committed fully to either Jones or backfield mate Peyton Barber as a feature back this season, which makes Jones' final total of 724 rushing yards a respectable one given the circumstances.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (7)
4 months ago

Jones rushed 14 times for 77 yards and a touchdown while adding three catches for 32 yards on four targets in Saturday's 23-20 loss to Houston.

EDGE Analysis

With quarterback Jameis Winston struggling to the tune of three first-half interceptions, the Buccaneers relied on the ground game to get them back in it. Jones turned seven first-half carries into 69 yards and a touchdown, scoring from four yards out right at the two-minute warning. The 22-year-old running back went quiet after halftime but has clearly established himself as the lead back over Peyton Barber, who rushed five times for 13 yards and lost a fumble. Locked in as the top option in Tampa Bay's backfield, Jones will look to finish strong when the Falcons come to town in Week 17.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (7)
4 months ago

Jones rushed 11 times for 23 yards and brought in one of three targets for 26 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-17 win over the Lions on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Jones showed off his playmaking ability on his one reception, but his work on the ground was once again significantly underwhelming. The second-year back has rushed for 36 yards or fewer in three straight games, and he's only eclipsed the 50-yard mark on the ground on five occasions this season. Jones and Peyton Barber also continue in a nearly even time split in the backfield, which leaves Tampa's ground game a virtual stay-away situation for fantasy title games in Week 16.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (7)
4 months ago

Jones rushed 11 times for 36 yards and brought in four of five targets for 23 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-35 win over the Colts on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Jones and backfield mate Peyton Barber each logged 11 carries, keeping the Buccaneers' backfield situation as confusing as ever in the thick of the fantasy postseason. Jones was solid as a receiver, although he couldn't do much with what were mostly dump-off targets. The second-year back heads into a Week 15 interconference clash with the porous Lions defense having rushed for 51 yards or fewer in five straight games, but having seen multiple targets in six of his last seven contests overall.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (7)
4 months ago

Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that Jones is still the Buccaneers' starting running back, Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Arians' vote of confidence comes after Jones was benched during the third quarter of the Week 13 win over the Jaguars after the running back failed to pick up a blitz. Though Jones retains the top spot on the depth chart, the task of predicting whether he or Peyton Barber will receive the bulk of carries in a given week has proven confounding for fantasy managers all season. The 2018 second-round pick could realistically garner a more sizable workload Sunday versus the Colts, but his ability to lose significant carries due to a single mistake makes him difficult to completely trust for fantasy purposes.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (7)
4 months ago

Jones rushed just six times for eight yards in the Buccaneers' 28-11 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Jones ended up 11 carries behind backfield Peyton Barber in yet another confounding week of running back usage courtesy of coach Bruce Arians. The Buccaneers' head man explained in his postgame press conference that the disparity in the division of labor was due both to Barber finding success more consistently on the ground and Jones missing a blitz pickup at one point, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Therefore, it's difficult to draw too many lasting conclusions from Sunday's numbers, and Jones could well be back to a larger role in a Week 14 interconference battle versus the Colts.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (7)
4 months ago

Jones rushed 12 times for 51 yards and a touchdown and secured all three targets for 16 yards in the Buccaneers' 35-22 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Jones split run-game work almost evenly with Peyton Barber, who logged 11 carries himself. However, it was Jones who got a touchdown opportunity and made good with it, powering his way into the end zone from four yards out to cap off the opening drive of the second half for the Buccaneers. The score was Jones' fifth of the season, all of which have come on the ground. The second-year back will look to follow up his solid performance when he faces the vulnerable Jaguars run defense Week 13.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (7)
5 months ago

Jones rushed just four times for 13 yards and brought in two of four targets for one yard in the Buccaneers' 34-17 loss to the Saints on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

The final numbers say it all in terms of type of day it was for Jones, whose current "lead back" designation equated to zero fantasy relevance Sunday. Game script blew up any chance the Buccaneers had of sticking with the ground attaack, but due to the fact the team's defense frequently puts them in a hole, that's at risk of happening on any given week. Jones will look to boost his production significantly when he faces the Falcons' suddenly resurgent defense Week 12.