Ronald Jones hasn’t taken this offseason lightly as he looks to rebound from a poor rookie year with the Bucs.

Compiling just 44 rush yards and one touchdown while averaging less than two yards per carry, Jones, a second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, comes into 2019 with no guarantee that he’ll be in the rotation of running backs this season. He will have competition with Andre Ellington, Bruce Anderson, Dare Ogunbowale for the second- and third-string positions.

In a story from Charean Williams on ProFootballTalk.com, Jones discussed that part of the work he has put in during the offseason included adding more weight, increasing from 208 pounds to 221 this offseason.

“I’ve put on a lot of pounds of muscle,” Jones said. “I’ve been training with my guy, eating four or five meals a day, protein shakes right after workouts. I’m bigger.”

Jones also reflected on his rookie season in Williams’ article followed by stating his goals for 2019. It sounds like he has a whole new outlook coming into this training camp.

“I’m a playmaker,” Jones said. “I just want the opportunity.”

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EastEndBoy

So was the reason he only touched the ball 30 times last year because he was too small?

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Alldaway 2.0

ROJO having more confidence is a plus.

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Captain Sly

Listen to what he’s saying EastEndBoy:” I’m a playmaker” “I just want an opportunity”. Koetter never trusted him that’s why he only got 30 touches. Koetter was a Joke and I’m glad he’s gone.

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Bucco63

He needs to be able to catch the ball out of the backfield, block blitzes, etc. to get opportunities to be a “playmaker”. Koetter a joke or not, the film don’t lie.

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BUC-ASS-BOB

I think it is move in right direction gaining some weight. Last year he was to thin.

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Captain Sly

I agree Bucco63 but player development is done on the field not on the sidelines. The kid was only 20 years old and many want to label him a bust after 30 touches. Yes “the film does Lie”

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Bucco63

c’mon, if you don’t practice well you don’t get to play, period. He was given a few shots and didn’t take advantage. I’m not calling him a bust and I’m sure size will help, but he didn’t do anything to warrant more touches. He’s on my team, so obviously I am hopeful and support him and optimistic, but not blind. No, the film doesn’t lie. Be real.

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Captain Sly

So you know Koetter also coached a young rookie named DeVante Freeman maybe you’ve heard of him, he is one of the best RB’s in the league. He was labeled a bust under Koetter because of a terrible scheme. He didn’t blossom until some guy named Shannahan coached to his strengths. Coaching Matters

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Bucco63

I’ve heard of DeVonte Freeman. A 4th round pick you think was labeled a bust after 1 year?? LOL Who labels a 4th rounder deep on the depth chart a bust after 1 year? You’re talking to the wrong people.
If you’re right, I guess we can expect DeVonte to never come back from injury and be a bust ‘again’ now that Dirk is his OC again.

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DT25

@Bucco63 I don’t completely disagree, but if you’re going to say the film don’t lie, you at least need to mention how bad the OL was on the limited carries RoJo got. He was consistently being hit at or behind the line of scrimmage with no way to escape the wave of defenders. The film definitely shows that much. There were a few plays he had a chance to break say a 2 yard run into something slightly longer…but most of the film of RoJo carrying the football shows him getting pummeled due to someone missing a blocking assignment, so… Read more »

Captain Sly

You’re missing the point completely, so do me a favor. Name me one young RB that Koetter has had success with. He’s been been coaching for over twenty years so I’m sure it won’t be that hard.

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Bucco63

Completely agree with everything you said. I would just add, if he was a reliable receiver to dump off to when the OL gets their asses handed to them, it would have helped him tremendously.

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Bucco63

MJD, not hard at all.

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EastEndBoy

Took the words out of my mouth @bucco63…MJD was pretty awesome!

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Captain Sly

MJD was already an established RB in the league when Koetter was hired. Koetter never developed MJD where are you getting your information from. Koetter is not a good coach no matter how you spin it.

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Bucco63

I get it. You hate it him. You are blind to anything positive he may have done. Everything that was wrong with the team will magically be corrected now that he’s gone. The Super Bowl is a lock! ROJO will be the NFL’s rushing leader! This year is going to be effing awesome!

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Captain Sly

Don’t go all Nuclear on me Bucco63! Lol I’m just saying Koetter was not a good coach. He never gave the young RB a chance to succeed, He coached scared all three years he was here, and he ran a bad scheme. The one thing I can say about BA is that he’s had two young RB’s in his system and both have thrived in his offense Vick Ballard & David Johnson. That’s not to say Rojo will suddenly make a Pro Bowl but one can at least set high expectations based off of the precedent that was set. I’m… Read more »

DT25

@Bucco63 for sure his hands needed work, but I also don’t think that issue was as big as everyone made it out to be either. In preseason he easily caught a go-route down the sideline for a huge gain. During the regular season, he dropped 2 passes that I can think of…one with a LB riding his back. The other was a pretty bad drop on a wide open swing pass which he could’ve taken and run with had he caught it. That one was easily his worst and seemingly killed people’s perception of him as a pass catcher…even though… Read more »

DT25

Coach McNair, not Spencer. Lol thinking of the last staff.

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Spitfire

I really don’t know exactly what happened with Koetter, he lit it up with winston as his OC the first couple of years and he seemed to be the next success story from OC to HC and then all of a sudden he couldn’t call plays anymore. So much so that when he took back Play Calling Duties it was our worst game of the year. I think it speaks volumes to A Coordinator being good but not as a Head Coach, or a position coach being good but not as a Coordinator. The Defense suffered for a couple years… Read more »

Captain Sly

Koetter’s incompetence was on full display every time he trotted Bennanoch out there at RG. He should have been fired after admitting to taking over play calling duties in the Redskins lost 16-3. An embarrassment considering Monken had the offense humming prior to that game. Everybody knew that he was calling the plays since it was so predictable and no imagination. His quote afterwards when a reporter called him out on it was “I have my own reasons” what a Joke!

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bucianco

Jones putting on weight is definitely going to help his blocking game, and pounding through the tiny cracks the Oline might muster up. But over the long term will the extra 13# affect his speed or breakaway ability? I just hope he’s not sacrificing explosiveness for power. But hey, if power gets him the job, so be it. Can you imagine defenders consistently having to tackle Barber (235#) and Jones (221#) over the course of an entire game? Throw a TE in there as a fullback every now and then to really punch it through. Pound that rock! Rate this… Read more »

Robert Ethan

Jones was faster than every top running back on last season’s NFL stat list in HS, as a sprinter. They all ran track, and the only one who’s personal best 100m time was close was Sony Michel. RJII ran much faster times than Phillip Lindsey or Chris McCaffrey to name a couple of “speed” backs. So even with the extra weight he should be good.

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scubog

I wonder if it was the new trainer or ROJO himself who initiated the weight gain. In my view, Koetter and perhaps Spencer, totally destroyed the youngster’s confidence starting in Training Camp. It is fact that ROJO was hit in the backfield almost before he even took the hand-off. I’m not savvy enough see if something was being telegraphed. I found it interesting that when BA showed up his first order of business was to raise the confidence level of the entire team and maybe a bit more focus on #27. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit Rating00 No votes yet.… Read more »

yohohoandabottleofrum

he didnt show his speed last year at all, he looked slow to me when he did play. I will reserve judgement but he really needs to shine this year.

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EastEndBoy

Ok – personally I think Koetter was not nearly as bad as he’s being made out to be. I recall with great clarity the joy on this site and others when Lovie was pushed aside to give the opportunity to the best rising coaching star in the league. But whatever – that’s mostly just opinions (mine and others). However, did someone above discredit Koetter for his work with Maurice Jones Drew??? Saying “MJD was already an established RB in the league when Koetter was hired”??? Come on – give the guy some credit, he surely deserves it. When Koetter was… Read more »

surferdudes

Who gives a shit about Koetter? He’s gone, his record speaks for itself.

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SenileSenior

I don’t hate Koetter. I was pulling for him to succeed. Finally, about mid-season last year I accepted that he had failed at the NFL head coaching level. It was time for us to move on from him. I wish him continued success (except not against us) in his proven role as Offensive Coordinator. He is a great guy. There is nothing shabby about being successful as some kind of assistant coach in the NFL. That is also high achievement in the football world. Just check out Norv Turner’s career. He is back as Offensive Coordinator for another of our… Read more »

EastEndBoy

Let me try and help surfer: this post isn’t about Koetter…it’s about RoJo. It’s about why whatever the issue was/is with RoJo (I guess the latest thought is that he was too small last year???), the issue(s) is/was NOT Koetter, as some folks seem to want to conclude basically about everything that was wrong with our team and led to two straight 5-win seasons. Koetter made mistakes for sure – and I think it’s hard to argue against his best place in the league being OC – but all of our problems were not coaching. Rate this item:Thumb UpThumb DownSubmit… Read more »

Ron Gibson

Good. He’ll sink fast when thrown in the Bay.

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