It’s been a brutal start to the season for Bucs running back Ronald Jones through three weeks, and not much changed on Sunday. In Los Angeles, Jones ran just five times for 11 yards. On the season, Jones has rushed 15 times for 52 yards, averaging 3.5 yards per carry. His longest run of the year is 10 yards.
“RoJo” ran really well,” Arians said after the game. “And especially in that one drive. But then when you get down, you got to go to the two minutes and speed it up and throw it. So, it wasn’t a game where you could, ‘hey, let’s stay in the running game for a while.’”
Jones longest run of the game was a five-yard carry in the first half. Quarterback Tom Brady led the team in rushing with three carries for 14 yards. For the second game this season, Jones was out-snapped significantly by the rest of the running back room.
Because Jones isn’t a factor on passing downs, the Bucs have become predictable when he’s on the field. Few backs across the league have struggled to the degree Jones has as a receiver and pass protector. In games where the Bucs are trailing, don’t expect to see him much, regardless of how Arians feels about his 2.2 yard per carry average.
Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft
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