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|Jones was downright dreadful in his rookie season after the Bucs used a second-round pick on the former USC Trojan in the 2018 NFL Draft. After starting the season off with a poor minicamp and even worse training camp, Jones could not beat out Peyton Barber or Doug Martin for the starting job in Tampa. Jones averaged less than two yards per carry, while looking indecisive and overmatched when he did get on the field.
The positive for Jones is the team did not add a rookie in the draft or a free agent veteran to compete for carries. Jones also will not have to deal with Dirk Koetter's terrible run scheme and should get a boost with Bruce Arians similar to what Andre Ellington did a few years back in Arizona.
Jones is a risky pick with tremendous upside. If you use a late-round pick on him and he busts you do not lose much. But if he hits and has low-end RB2 value, he could be one of the better late-round running backs in 2019.
|Ronald Jones to begin camp as No.2 RB|
Weight up to 221 pounds
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Jul 17, 7:00 am
|Ronald Jones is bigger. But will he be better?
The Bucs running back had a disappointing rookie season, to put it mildly. The second-round pick from Southern Cal rushed for only 44 yards and one touchdown in 2018.
Jones says he has added muscle and is up to 221 pounds from 208 pounds.
Jones will begin training camp as the No. 2 running back behind Peyton Barber, who led the team in rushing with 871 yards and five touchdowns. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: After a dismal rookie season, some are predicting Jones will ascend to the lead back role in Tampa Bay now that a new coaching staff is in place. With pass protection and route running being areas of weakness, Jones will need to continue impressing the coaching staff through training camp if he wants to secure a sizeable role in the offense.