Ronald Jones II
RB - TB
Week 3 Outlook
Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones rushed seven times for 23 yards with a touchdown and caught both of his targets for four yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over Carolina.
Although Jones scored, he was out-touched and out-gained in terms of total yards by Leonard Fournette in Sunday's victory. After a botched handoff which resulted in a fumble, Jones found himself in Bruce Arians' doghouse on the bench once again. Sound familiar? Jones gets a tough matchup at Denver in Week 3 but may-be off the fantasy radar in favor of Fournette moving forward.
Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones carried the ball 17 times for 66 yards while adding another 16 yards on 2-of-3 targets in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Saints.
Jones led all Tampa Bay running backs in Week 1 in carries and total yards. In fact, he out-carried Leonard Fournette 17-to-5 while out-rushing him 66-to-5. For the time being, Jones is the Buccaneers running back to covet in fantasy, but this is a backfield worth monitoring moving forward. Jones gets the Panthers in Week 2, a team that just allowed Josh jacobs to go off in their season opener.
According to Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, RB Ronald Jones II has “had some of his best practices” this week and the starting running back position is still his job.
We’ve heard this song and dance before from Arians, who talked about RoJo as a “true workhorse back” the same day they went out and signed Leonard Fournette. But at least the Fournette signing seems to have lit a fire under Jones, who will now try and retain his role as the feature back as the season progresses. Take advantage of RoJo as the starter in Week 1, because you may not be able to for very long if Fournette comes in and dominates.
According to Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, Ronald Jones II is “still the guy” in the backfield for Tampa Bay, even after the signing of Leonard Fournette.
Arians also said that Fournette adds some outstanding depth to the RB room. He explained that when an opportunity to add a former 4th overall pick presents itself, you see what you can do to make it work. Interesting takes from the head coach the morning after the addition to the RB stable in Tampa Bay. It sounds like Jones could open the season as the starter, but look for Fournette to also provide solid value in the backfield. It’s a sticky situation to sift through, and one that will require patience especially early on in the season.
Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones II drew some serious praise from head coach Bruce Arians on Wednesday morning, being called an “all-around back.”
Arians talked about how Jones has really worked on pass-protection and blitz pick-up during camp and he could tell he’s improved in those areas. He’s also improved his hands as a pass-catcher. All of these areas are key to being on the field with Tom Brady at quarterback. At his current ADP, Jones is looking like a steal in the 5th or 6th round of fantasy drafts.
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