After being activated from the league’s reserve/COVID-19 list prior to the Bucs’ match-up with Washington last Saturday, running back Ronald Jones II was looking primed to make his first career playoff start until a quad injury ruled him questionable and ultimately held him out of the contest.

Head coach Bruce Arians gave an update on Jones’ injury on Friday, stating that the third-year back will be a game-time decision for the Bucs’ NFC Divisional Round game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, before naming Leonard Fournette the starter.

“[Jones] got better today, he’ll be a game-time decision, but Leonard will start the game,” Arians said. “We’ll see how [Jones] is in full speed and he’ll get his normal reps.”

Fournette dominated the Bucs’ carries against Washington with Jones sidelined and veteran LeSean McCoy inactive due to illness, taking 19 carries for 93 rushing yards and a touchdown.

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DT25
6 months ago

It’s the right call…Fournette is 100% and ran well last week, plus his presence makes the offense a little more multiple…especially considering RoJo’s hand injury on top of the quad. Still hope Jones is healthy enough to suit up, though…because if we get in a situation where we absolutely need to run the ball, he should be the guy getting the hand-off.

eaustinyoung
6 months ago

Fournette is a good RB. This is the best call for the game.

Dave
Reply to  eaustinyoung
6 months ago

Yeah, since when? Outside of last week, he was completely miserable and useless for the entirety of the regular season. If you take away week 2 versus Carolina, LF finished the regular season with 264 yards on 85 carries(3.1 YPC). As a pass catcher he ended up with 233 yards receiving on 36 rec(6.5 YPR). Both of those averages are putrid. Rojo is better in every way shape and form

ScottC543
6 months ago

Fournette has been running better than he was earlier in the season but he’s no Rojo.

Naplesfan
Reply to  ScottC543
6 months ago

Leonard Fournette is a better runner between the tackles in short yardage, and he is a better receiver than Ronald Jones. Also no fumbles, unlike RoJo.
RoJo’s main skill advantage is outside the tackle box running.
It’s best to have both kinds of running backs on your team roster.

eaustinyoung
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

Agreed Naples. I think if the Bucs can sign Fournette to another team-friendly deal and get Vaughn a real training camp and off-season, the Bucs will have one of the best RB combos in the league next year. Send McCoy packing.

Last edited 6 months ago by eaustinyoung
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RW
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

Fournette is not a better runner between the tackles especially in short yardage. All independent stats support that. He is a better receiver.
And I agree it’s better to have both of them playing.

Eddie
Reply to  RW
6 months ago

I thought RoJo was the better receiver out of the backfield.

ScottC543
Reply to  Naplesfan
6 months ago

I will take Rojo over Fournette on any running play, inside or outside. Maybe Fournette on runs inside the two yard line, but anywhere else give me Rojo. Jones is a threat to break the big one every time he touches the ball, and he’s better after first contact.

Fournette may be the better receiver, but after the catch Rojo is twice the threat of Fournette.

Dave
Reply to  ScottC543
6 months ago

Completely agree. I don’t think there’s a single area of football, that Fournette is better than Rojo in. Except maybe hands. I’ll take Rojo on inside runs, outside runs, short yardage, and goal line. I’d also take his less reliable hands knowing he’s much more explosive with the ball in his hands than Fournette is. Not having Rojo will be a killer. We’re not playing Washington this week

Eddie
6 months ago

Being the former first rounder and man of the campus, I think Fournette is those can rise high when the stage gets big. He may be the surprise offense top performer come this Sunday

Buc76
6 months ago

I guess I missed it but when did he injure the quad? I still haven’t read about how it happened.

eaustinyoung
Reply to  Buc76
6 months ago

Pre-game warmup for the Washington game I believe. As sad as that is to say.

Buc76
6 months ago

Also this is Fournette’s backyard. He wants to impress the hometown folks

thewbacca
6 months ago

There is coaching chicanery at times with the injury reporting. That was my first thought when I saw Taysom Hill listed yesterday. Glad Bruce a muddying the waters!

surferdudes
6 months ago

I’ll take both of them over one of them. This is good news for the game, not a who’s better. Now of course it won’t matter who starts if we only rush the ball five times like we did in our last blow out loss to them. If Jones, and Fournette can give us a buck forty on the ground, with a TD, or two, we win.