Ronald Jones (RB) had a brutal rookie season in 2018. The 2nd round pick had a grand total of 44 yards rushing and 1 TD as a rookie.
Jones has put that rookie performance behind him and appears to have emerged as the Buccaneers best option to run the football. For proof of this you only have to look at Sunday’s performance in Seattle. Jones had 18 carries for 67 yards and 1 TD. This was the first game Jones was the “featured” back and he came through. When you eclipse an entire seasons stats in one game it definitely speaks to improvement. But it wasn’t just that one game that prprompted head coach Bruce Arians to state Jones had earned the starting job and more reps. It’s been his complete body of work this season.
Jones has 381 yards on 92 carries and 3 TDs running the ball and 8 receptions for 124 yards respectfully. These numbers put Jones on pace for over 1000 yards from scrimmage and 6 TDs. While those aren’t huge numbers they do show a vast improvement. Jones has earned the job!
The Buccaneers return home this Sunday after a brutal road stretch that saw them earn more frequent flyer miles than any team should have to. When the toe meets leather against the Arizona Cardinals, Jones will be facing a Cardinals’ defense that is giving up over 126 yards on the ground. This could very well be a breakout game for Jones. Something the Buccaneers desperately need, well that and….
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