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After the best performance in his NFL career, Bucs’ running back Ronald Jones II has been voted in as the FedEx Ground Player of The Week.

The NFL nominates three players each for the FedEx Air And Ground Players Of The Week, for those who had top performances for passing and rushing. This is Jones’ first time winning the award.

Despite fumbling on the first drive of the game against Carolina after making a reception, the coaches decided to stick with Jones and it paid huge dividends. Jones had a career high 192 rushing yards on 23 carries and a touchdown in Tampa Bay’s 46-23 win.

The highlight of his day came in the third quarter when Jones broke off a resounding 98-yard touchdown run from the Bucs’ own 2-yard line to help Tampa Bay go up 27-17 at the time. The big run tied a Bucs record for the longest touchdown scored in team history. It also gave Jones a new record as the longest rushing touchdown by a Buccaneer.

This was the fourth time that Jones has gone for over 100 yards on the season, which includes a stretch of three games in a row from Weeks 4-6. His 192-yard game also puts him tied for fifth all-time for the most single-game yards in Bucs’ history.

Jones defeated fellow running backs Nick Chubb of the Cleveland Browns and the Raiders’ Josh Jacobs to win the award.

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Buc stops here
10 months ago

Don’t look now, but Ronald Jones II is third in the NFL Rushing with 730 yards on the ground after 10 games. He is probably going to be the first Buc to run for over 1000 yards in a season since Warrick Dunn did it all the way back in 2000 with 1133 yards on the ground.

Last edited 10 months ago by Buc stops here
BucRy
Reply to  Buc stops here
10 months ago

Guess we just forget about Cadillac Williams, Blount, and Doug Martin.

Buc stops here
Reply to  BucRy
10 months ago

You are right – Cadillac Williams did achieve it for his first year (2005) before he hurt himself and never came close again. LaGareet Blout was not drafted by Tampa but in his first year gained 1007 in 2010 but never came close again. Doug Martin did it twice in 2012 and 2014 with over 1400 yards, he was the best of the three. Guess my memory is shot.

BucRy
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10 months ago

It’s all good buddy, was just trying to clear it up.

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