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By the end of the NFL season, no one is fully healthy. If you want to go all the way and win a Super Bowl, you might have to play through tough injuries as well, which is what Ronald Jones II did when he played through a broken finger and quad injury during the Bucs’ Championship run.

Per Rick Stroud, Jones will have a pin removed from his pinky finger on Tuesday that he broke in the Bucs’ Week 14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. The injury occurred during the middle of the game and he was able to finish it. Jones had a surgical procedure done the next day to put a pin in his finger.

He did not miss time due to this specific injury, but did miss games in Weeks 15 and 16 after he was placed on the COVID list.

Jones had the best season of his three-year career so far, rushing for 978 yards and seven touchdowns for an average of 5.1 yards per attempt. The highlight for him came from a 98-yard touchdown run in a 46-23 win at Carolina, where he ran for a career high 192 yards.

It was a bumpy road for Jones at the end of the season in which he broke his finger, missed two games while on the COVID-19 list, and suffered a quad injury that kept him out of the Super wildcard round match-up. This opened the door for Leonard Fournette to become an important focal point of the Bucs’ offense in the playoffs. Jones did have a solid game in Super Bowl LV going for 61 yards on 12 rushes.

It’s uncertain if Fournette will be back with the Bucs for the 2021 season, and even after free agency and the NFL draft, Jones should resume his role as the lead back for the Bucs this year as they defend their Super Bowl championship.

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RW
RW
7 months ago

RoJo will return as the #1 back in 2021 season. Playoff Lenny will get his deserved money, but elsewhere, and the Bucs will sign an experienced 3rd down pass catching back to replace him.

Last edited 7 months ago by RW
sunshineben
7 months ago

after watching the last few games i don’t think RoJo is the best running back and Lenny is the best pass catcher between the two . Could the bucs cut RoJo to save on cap and pay Lenny to keep him ?

inspecto
Reply to  sunshineben
7 months ago

 RoJo is the best running back ! I think ROJO will really have a 1500 yd year in21.

bucballer
Reply to  sunshineben
7 months ago

RoJo has more upside. Playoff Lenny really came through for the Bucs when they needed it. He can make a bigger paycheck elsewhere as the Bucs r limited for money that they can spend at the RB position. To say Fournette is better than RoJo is a little bit of a stretch. RoJo is RB 1 for the Bucs.RB 1A was Fournette. They complemented each other well. I believe Brady will greatly assist his replacement should he bolt to another team. White? Anderson, AP as a role player? Gonna be interesting.

Last edited 7 months ago by bucballer
FLBoy84
Reply to  bucballer
7 months ago

Big fan of Mike Davis if Carolina lets him get to the market. 4th in the league for RB receptions (59), would be a great compliment to Jones, as he was for McCaffrey.

GrayBalls
Reply to  FLBoy84
7 months ago

A Mike Davis addition would be huge. Not sure the Pussy Cats would let him walk, though

drdneast
Reply to  GrayBalls
7 months ago

Completely agree with both of you. Rojo and Davis in the backfield would be huge.

Jed
Jed
Reply to  bucballer
7 months ago

Playoff Lenny was this playoffs/Super Bowl version of Playoff Michael Pittman.

BDOG
7 months ago

Rojo needs to be driven hard, and expected to over perform! 2021 should have fire in his belly, and he should be catching 1000 balls a day!!!!! Lite the inner fire and burn baby! Prove he can catch, or yup then turn the page. Lots of mouths to feed before Fournette eats, but Lenny showed up for playoffs! TY! Gotta get in line… SB, LVD, RS, CG, RG, then Suh or Watt, followed by AB and Lenny?!

GrayBalls
Reply to  BDOG
7 months ago

Damn, now that’s one hell of a wish list. Good luck with that. It’d be nice, but I won’t hold my breath

drdneast
7 months ago

Rojo is by far the better runner. In every game they played Rojo always had the better average yards per carry except for the one Panther game. Even in the SB his average was better. Jones just needs to continue to work extra hard on his pass catching. That TD run he had against KC after the catch was a thing of beauty.

Buc76
7 months ago

we don’t need a rookie running back. there is no way he would be super bowl ready to block and pick up blitzes. with the lower salary cap there might be a lot surprises. Fournette comes back to defend the title. Its his 5th year. he’s in his prime.

^^mtn^^
^^mtn^^
7 months ago

*yawn*
And the sky’s blue Matt.
Seriously tho, Rojo’s not ready to be top dog in that room …. need to sign a “Brady Effect” vet.
Oh, and please, no RB early in the draft, if at all. *face palm*.
^^mtn^^
since ’76

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