As the Bucs’ second-round draft pick in 2018, brought in with the expectation of providing that explosive threat out of the Tampa Bay backfield, to say Ronald Jones II disappointed would be an understatement.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones II - Photo by: Mary Holt/PR
Bucs RB Ronald Jones II – Photo by: Mary Holt/PR

A disappearing act would really be a more appropriate description, other than a blowout in Chicago where he saw a career-high 10 rushing attempts. Jones was active for nine games last season, taking carries in only five of those contests and totaling 44 yards on 23 carries for just 1.9 yards per carry.

With that said, quarterback Jameis Winston has noted the improvement he’s seen from Jones while the Bucs’ coaching staff has been singing his praises all offseason, but it isn’t just those within the organization taking notice now.

In today’s segment of a four-part series, NFL.com’s Terrell Davis selected Jones as one of his three young running backs expected to break out during the 2019 season, projecting 750 yards and six rushing touchdowns from the 21-year-old back.

“Jones’ rookie campaign was a disappointing one, as he was a healthy scratch for the first three games of last season and then was sidelined with a hamstring injury later on. Thankfully, it’s a new season. Bucs running backs coach Todd McNair said during minicamp earlier this month that Jones looks more like the player the Bucs took in the second round than the one on the field last fall. This is an encouraging report heading into next month’s training camp. He’s talented, explosive and is going to get his opportunities to win the starting job over Peyton Barber. If he performs to his ability, Jones could lock up the RB1 gig before too long. Jones and the ground game should also benefit from Jameis Winston’s development under first-year Bucs head coach Bruce Arians. And let’s not forget what David Johnson did under Arians’ direction as well.”

Read Davis’ full segment here

 

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23 COMMENTS

  1. yeah…not gonna happen. ROJO was a terrible, wasted pick. Draft a guy top of the second who is scared to get hit and can’t catch? Not to mention undersized.

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  2. Dirk Koetter was a disaster, It was not ROJO’s fault that he only got 23 carries for the season. I dare you to let someone named Benannoch to lead block for you. How about getting a competent Oline before calling our RB a “Bust”.

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  3. I’m glad to see this. I don’t think he is a bust, like Scott Reynolds thinks he is.

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  4. Total mystery – I never heard a very good explanation either….30 total touches? It’s not like he was playing behind some all-pro RB (I like Barber BTW). It just doesn’t really add-up with what we know.

    I’m not willing to raise my expectations for him to 750 yards and 6 TDs off the back of that mystery. At the same time, I am not willing to write him off either. He’s firmly in the “show-me” bucket….along with a lot of other guys like Noah Spence, the entire secondary, Vita Vea….there’s something there in all of them, but they need to “show-me” first.

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  5. There were some issues in his Scouting Report that Jason seem to want to ignore one of them that he never caught any passes in college.
    Other Scouting Report knock was he was tall and thin which usually works well in college but doesn’t work so well in Pros. Still I think he can make it as a pro running back he just needs time and the pressure of being a second pick off of him. The line had nothing to do with it was the way they handled him. If it was the line then Peyton Barber wouldn’t have been able to get any yardage either. I personally like Ro Jo and want to see him have some success most likely will probably be with another team.

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  6. He needs to improve pass catching but 95% of his carries there was nowhere to go and defender in backfield period. So anyone saying he’s a bust is a moron. This O line sucked run blocking last year. I don’t know if he will ice up to second rd status but don’t see him being a bust. Will see….

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  7. It was the O line Blob go back and watch film. Barber is a bigger back and got hell lot more carries. Barber had games where he couldn’t do shit last year too and his overall yards per carry and total wasn’t great at all but I believe he’s more than capable of 1200 yards or so if this line doesn’t suck.

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  8. At the beginning of the year other teams knew RoJo had trouble catching the ball and pass blocking so if he was in the game, there was a 90 percent chance the Bucs were going to run so they stacked the box.
    Well RoJo worked on his pass blocking and it improved to the point the Bucs could actually play action when he was in the game and the word in he has really worked on his pass catching in the off season so he is a more complete back.
    The problem was Licht’s who chose a back so high who didn’t do much pass catching in college. It’s not like that fact was hidden from him.

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  9. I’m willing to give RoJo a pass for last year. Remember how many times all RB’s were getting hit as they were taking the handoff. This to me was substantially an O line problem. And the guy was ill prepared for the role they drafted him for – not a pass catcher, weak pass blocking. Poor coaching.

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  10. I watched a ton of tape on the guy. He was amazing in College. How he became a bust is beyond me.

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  11. Feeling like Man U fans. Glazers have got go enough is enough. YESTERDAY!!!

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    • There are many terrible owners in the NFL. The Glazers are in the top half of good owners. Just read some of the stories .

      Go Bucs !!!

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  12. Jones caught 7 of 9 passes thrown his way. 78% comp rate. He didn’t “have trouble catching the ball”. He had a better catch rate and yards per target than Peyton Barber last season. As for his rushing stats, 23 carries is a single game for a top back. Every back has a game where they carry the ball 20 times and average 2 ypc. Sometimes nothing is there. 4 or 5 ypc average depends on a few long gainers among the early stops. Jones never had the chance to break one off. A single 40 yard TD would have doubled his season average.

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  13. seat26 Jun. 27, 2019 at 2:54 pm

    I watched a ton of tape on the guy. He was amazing in College. How he became a bust is beyond me.

    LOL, he’s currently the second youngest player on the team. I think you’re getting ahead of yourself calling him a bust. 21 years old and you’re writing him off?

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  14. Not quite sure if Roland Jones is a complete bust just yet. One thing is for sure…..He must produce this year or Sorry harry, you to much weight to carry next season! I’m not sold on him despite the talk coming out of camp. From what little we saw of him last year, he was a major disappointment. I mean, writers and coaches were labeling him as the 2nd coming of OJ with his running abilities. One great thing about this league, there is no faking. We shall soon see..what we got. Good luck Mr. Jones. I hope you are..as advertised.

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  15. Donte Freeman looked like a bust as a rookie under Koetter his first year in Atlanta. The following year when Koetter left he looked like an all pro. Koetter put more emphasis on his backs pass blocking skills then running ability. If you believe this kid is a bust from the small sample we saw of him last year, then you must believe Koetter was an offensive genius, and shouldn’t have been fired. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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  16. It’s too early in any evaluation after only one year; we’ll know after this season if he stays healthy. I’m hoping he has a good season Annalise that will be a position we then won’t have to be concerned about for a while. Still not sure if we have resolved offensive line/defensive line issues.

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  17. With the potential of the passing game,defenses should be spread out, leaving running lanes.it comes down to his patience and reading the defense, and also the O line.

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  18. I’m not sure how well RoJo will do, but I know we’re gonna get to see him plenty. Im excited to see how he handles his opportunity.

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  19. The youngster lost his confidence and was thinking too much. B.A. immediately recognized the issue. Again folks read statistics instead of watching the game. The kid’s got skills. Let’s hope a little boost in his psyche gets him on track.

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  20. ROJO is going to have prove it on the field. Running back is natural position. Peyton is a dog, so far ROJO has looked like a duck.

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  21. Jones is more than 3 years younger than Phillip Lindsay who was a breakout player last year as a rookie. Keep that in mind.

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  22. Inspecto 10 years of losing is not good Owners by any competitive standard. In this market losing is very profitable & easier for owners tolerate. We need owners who love for foot ball is not questioned on both sides of the pond.

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