It’s a new era of ground attack in Tampa Bay.

For the first time in a long time, Doug Martin is not the man at the top of the Buccaneers depth chart. In fact, he’s not on the depth chart at all. That gave room for the Buccaneers to improve their rushing attack in the draft, hence the selection of USC running back Ronald Jones.

With Peyton Barber as the likely starting back and Charles Sims as a third down option, it’s not set how exactly Jones is going to be used to start the 2018 season. This week Mike Clay, who does fantasy football work for ESPN, gave his prediction of how he sees Jones being used in the passing game.

Clay has Jones with more receptions than any other back for the Buccaneers in 2018 (35), including Charles Sims (30). 35 is betting pretty high on Jones seeing as he only had 32 catches total in his three seasons at USC, but the math comes out to just over two catches per game.

Is 35 a realistic number for Jones?

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About the Author: Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]rt.com
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AlexanderNascimento
AlexanderNascimento
4 years ago

Not with the hands he showed at OTAs

EricNV
EricNV
4 years ago

RJII has a lot of work to do between now and September before he’s ready to catch 35 passes in a season.

buccaneerNW
buccaneerNW
4 years ago

If they use RoJo as the lead back, 35 catches is easy. He may not be a downfield receiver yet, but dump-offs and screens give him a chance to use his explosiveness in space. Seems this would be a go-to in the game plan just about every week.

Horse
Horse
4 years ago

If Sims makes this team, then this says we still don’t have quality depth.

buccaneerNW
buccaneerNW
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

Well, the RB from Duke, Shaun Wilson, is about the only guy who might beat Sims out of his spot. Not much other competition there.

seat26
seat26
4 years ago

Go back and look at his tape at USC. They didn’t throw to him much, but he has good hands. There is no problem there. He just needs to be used more in the passing game.

Nobody
Nobody
4 years ago

35 Receptions? What? This is yet another “expert” who has paid little attention to the Bucs and is just throwing crap against the wall. He has to learn technique, concepts and develop game awareness in order to see the field much on passing downs in the NFL. Barber and Simms are both functional (if not +) pass protectors and have proven it at the NFL level. Jones will not be our there before those two on passing downs until he proves he isn’t a liability (which almost surely means year 2 as he didn’t do it at USC and was… Read more »

scubog
scubog
4 years ago

Who cares what this guy or any other ill-informed “expert” thinks? Meaningless.