For the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the running back position, this year is a committee approach. Unfortunately for some running backs, a rhythm is necessary to get in a grove and be impactful. With Leonard Fournette ruled out this could be Ronald Jones II time to show he can be a lead back.
Running backs need to be involved often in order to develop a rhythm. Rhythm is essential in getting on pace to be effective. Fournette is out for week four, opening an opportunity for Jones to solidify himself as the lead back and fight for a future with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
How They Stack
As of week three Jones holds a slight edge over Fournette. Jones has a 44.7% snap count while Fournette is right behind him with 30.2%. Additionally, Jones has 142 yards rushing to Fournette’s 123. The difference is Fournette is averaging 5.1 yards a rush to Jones’ 3.8. Subsequently, Fournette has two touchdowns to Jones’ one. Also, in the passing game, they are almost neck and neck. Fournette has one more reception but six fewer yards.
This is an opportunity for Jones to prove he can carry the load. He can be a leader in the backfield and compliment the passing game. If he can prove this is an ideal situation and an advantageous one for the team then he can emerge as the clear-cut choice at the running back position.