Ronald Jones
RB TB (13)
Wed 7/17/19 1:09 AM10 Comments

Jones is up to 221 pounds after playing at approximately 208 pounds during his rookie season last year, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The added weight is by design, with Jones emphasizing he's been working with a personal trainer this offseason and following a nutritional regimen designed to add lean muscle. While getting stronger year to year is typically advisable in the NFL, it can sometimes have the unintended detrimental effect of making skill position players a bit less fleet of foot. That said, the decision to add extra pounds in any form is somewhat interesting for Jones, whose speed was one of the main factors that attracted the Buccaneers' previous regime to select him with the 38th overall pick of the 2018 draft. Jones does appear to have received a legitimate clean slate with the new coaching staff headed by Bruce Arians and has received strong reviews for his work in non-contact practices throughout the offseason; however, it remains to be seen whether he'll continue demonstrating improvement once the pads come in training camp.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (13)
Fri 6/28/19 12:05 PM

The Buccaneers are excited about the progress Jones displayed during their offseason program, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Actions speak louder than words, and the Bucs certainly made a statement with their lack of offseason additions to the backfield. Everything points to a fantastic opportunity for Jones, a 2018 second-round pick who averaged 1.9 yards on 23 carries and 4.7 yards on seven catches in nine games during his rookie season. He'll likely open training camp sharing first-team snaps with Peyton Barber, while the rest of the depth chart holds Dare Ogunbowale, 30-year-old Andre Ellington and undrafted rookie Bruce Anderson. New coach Bruce Arians must be a believer in Jones and/or Barber.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (13)
Mon 5/27/19 1:13 PM1 Comment

Jones has been impressive as both a runner and receiver during the first two weeks of OTAs, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Perhaps no player on the offense has more to prove than Jones, who fell disastrously short of expectations as a 2018 second-round selection. His offseason got off to a positive start off the field with an early endorsement from new coach Bruce Arians, and the second-year back has validated the vote of confidence over the first two weeks of on-field work. On Thursday, Jones looked particularly elusive after bringing in passes, according to Vitali. Plus, Jones also earned praise from Arians after last Tuesday's session. While Peyton Barber still sits atop the depth chart and there's talk of getting him more involved in the passing game as well, Jones possesses a much more dynamic skill set that could potentially earn him significant playing time if it translates to the regular season.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (13)
Tue 4/16/19 12:57 PM4 Comments

General manager Jason Licht said Jones has impressed the new coaching staff more than any other player so far this spring, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 2018 second-round pick barely played as a rookie and struggled with his rare opportunities, but coach Bruce Arians made it clear Jones would have a chance to prove himself in a new system. While he could face more competition after the 2019 NFL Draft, the 21-year-old currently finds himself in an underwhelming backfield alongside Peyton Barber, Shaun Wilson, Andre Ellington and Dare Ogunbowale. The Buccaneers do seem to be fond of Barber, who managed just 3.7 yards per carry and 4.6 per catch as a 16-game starter in 2018, finishing with 963 scrimmage yards and six touchdowns on 616 snaps (254 touches).

Ronald Jones
RB TB (13)
Wed 2/27/19 2:47 PM

Coach Bruce Arians said he's excited to see if Jones can do some of the things David Johnson did in the same offensive scheme for the Cardinals, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's hard to make a serious comparison between the two players, with Johnson at a clear advantage in nearly every aspect besides straight-line speed. To be fair, Jones didn't have much chance to succeed as a rookie second-round pick in 2018, seeing just 23 carries and nine targets in nine games behind a bad offensive line. While he still offers some promise as a big-play threat, the USC product hasn't displayed much aptitude in the passing game, which is a serious obstacle to earning playing time. Arians is hoping Jones can take advantage of a full, healthy offseason to develop some of those skills. Regardless of what happens with the Tampa Bay backfield this offseason, the 21-year-old Jones will enter training camp with a lot to prove.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (13)
Wed 1/2/19 4:37 PM

Jones played only one offensive snap Sunday in the Buccaneers' 34-32 loss to the Falcons.

EDGE Analysis

For the final quarter of his rookie season, Jones earned only one touch on offense while being mostly relegated to a special-teams role. It amounts to a disappointing conclusion for Jones, who was expected to vie for the starting role when he was selected with a second-round pick back in April. Instead, Peyton Barber served as the top ballcarrier throughout the season while Jacquizz Rodgers handled much of the passing-down work, even though neither player was particularly efficient with his opportunities. The Buccaneers' overhaul of their coaching staff this offseason should give Jones a clean slate, but the 21-year-old will still need to impress in spring workouts, training camp and the preseason to secure a meaningful role heading into 2019.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (13)
Mon 12/17/18 11:09 AM

Jones brought in one of two targets for minus-2 yards in the Buccaneers' 20-12 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Just another forgettable game for the rookie, who's seen his first year in the NFL become a total washout. Jones' sole touch Sunday was his only one of the past two games, and he logged a meager four snaps from scrimmage for the second straight week. With his primary usage coming on coverage units, Jones' has next to no fantasy value in any format.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (13)
Mon 12/10/18 8:43 PM

Jones logged only four snaps on offense in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Saints but didn't log any touches.

EDGE Analysis

The rookie's complete lack of involvement on offense speaks to his spot in the current pecking order. He does continue to put in time on return units, as he logged a total of 14 plays in that capacity Sunday. Given that veteran Jacquizz Rodgers has been a much more productive complementary option to starter Peyton Barber, Jones' fantasy outlook remains bleak.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (13)
Mon 12/3/18 7:34 AM

Jones rushed four times for two yards in the Buccaneers' 24-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Making his return after a four-game absence, Jones essentially picked up where he'd left off, not a positive by any means in his case. The rookie's production was as middling as it was prior to his injury, and he's yet to top 3.0 yards per carry in any of the five regular-season games he's suited up for. Jones appears destined to remain firmly behind Peyton Barber in the backfield pecking order for the last four games of the regular season.

Ronald Jones
RB TB (13)
Fri 11/30/18 12:45 PM

Coach Dirk Koetter said Jones will play in Sunday's game against the Panthers, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Previously bothered by a hamstring injury, Jones was essentially a healthy scratch for last week's 27-9 win over San Francisco, landing on the inactive list after logging full participation in every practice. It's unclear if the rookie's upcoming active status is related to Peyton Barber's ankle issue, but there hasn't been any indication Barber is in danger of missing the game. While it would be unwise to count on Jones for any significant level of involvement this week, the Buccaneers do have clear incentive to get their second-round pick some touches during the final month of a lost season.