Auman reported Ogunbowale was working with the ones a bit Sunday, but HC Bruce Arians said that was a function of Jones' knee being sore. Reports all summer seem to indicate Barber should get the most rushes this year but Jones should be a factor as well.
Per John Paulsen, for owners going WR/TE-heavy in the early rounds, Barber is a good target later in the draft. If the new regime can get Barber’s YPC up from 3.7 to 4.0, and he scores two additional touchdowns, he’s looking at a low-end RB2 finish.
Meanwhile for Jones, there have been multiple positive reports about his play in spring workouts, but The Athletic’s Greg Auman still believes that Barber is the starter and is likely to lead the team in rushing yards.
Asked by reporters on Sunday whether Jameis Winston is where HC Bruce Arians wanted him to be at this point in camp, Arians said, “Maybe ahead.”
“Consistency — it’s just solid,” Arians said. “He is seeing the kitchen sink on defense."
Arians said the consistency dates back to the offseason program. Arians added the biggest thing is for Winston to cut down on interceptions. Winston comes in 12th on our QB list making him a low-end QB1 fantasy option.
Jones put on a lot of muscle in the offseason and it's his goal to lead the rushing attack this season in Tampa Bay. It's certainly possible as last year the Bucs rushing game wasn't great despite being led by Barber most of the season, and early reports say Barber will again lead the attack this year. We do rank Jones ahead of Barber in PPR formats, but just 47th on our RB list.
Adam Schefter reports that Johnson signed with Drew Rosenhaus' agency and that he is still seeking a trade. Schefter also gives us some context for Johnson's switch in representation when he tweets, "keep in mind, Rosenhaus helped facilitate a trade for the Browns and his client, Emmanuel Ogbah, and got Breshad Perriman out of his deal in Cleveland."
Johnson wanted out of Cleveland after the Browns signed Kareem Hunt, but the team never budged. We'll see if Rosenhaus can change their minds.
Johnson was an afterthought on the field last season despite his ability and a change of scenery would likely be a boom to his fantasy output. If his new representation can get the Browns to budge on dealing Johnson, his landing spot would dictate his fantasy upside, but there's a good chance his new team would give him more work than the Browns did last season when he saw an anemic 5.4 touches per game.
Bucs QB Jameis Winston yesterday on RB Ronald Jones: "I would say RoJo has been showing out. His confidence, his comfort, RoJo's a smart guy. He's getting comfortable in this offense. No one is breathing down his neck. He's more relaxed and executing at a high level."
More Winston on Ronald Jones: "I know how talented he is. That's why he was a second-round pick. My first year, my first game wasn't like I would have wanted it. You have to continue to move forward, to grow and get better. I see drastic improvements coming in this season."
Tampa Bay showed their confidence in the sophomore back by not drafting another RB this offseason and only adding Andre Ellington in free agency, who was out of the NFL last year. Jones and Peyton Barber should share the workload, and hopefully, this early boost will propel last season's second-round pick to the next level. Jones is currently being drafted as RB40 in the late-eighth round.
Bucs coach Bruce Arians says he thinks Chris Godwin can be a “close to a 100-catch guy” in 2019.
We agree, though Godwin will have to improve on his career 62.0% catch rate (or see 150+ targets) if he's going to come close to catching 100 passes. He finished strong in 2017, posting 3-98 on six targets against the Panthers in Week 16 and 7-111-1 on 12 targets against the Saints in Week 17. In the five games as a rookie where he played at least 50% of the snaps, he averaged 4.2 catches for 73 yards and 0.20 touchdowns on 7.2 targets per game. In 2018, he finished the season as the No. 25 receiver despite the fact that he played more than 70% of the snaps in just six games, five of which came with DeSean Jackson mostly sidelined from Week 13 to Week 17. Godwin is primed for a third-year breakout.
Word in Tampa before the end of the 2018 season was that wide receiver DeSean Jackson wanted to leave the Buccaneers rather than play out the final year of his contract with the team.
After Bruce Arians was hired as the team’s new head coach in January, there was a report that Arians wanted to speak to Jackson in hopes of convincing him to change his mind.
“I had a great meeting with DeSean about two weeks ago,” Arians said. “I have a ton of respect for him as a player and a person. I thought the meeting went great. I can’t speak for him, but I thought he was excited about it and I really look forward to working with him.”
Contrary to popular opinion, if Jackson were to stay in Tampa it wouldn't be a death knell to Chris Godwin's value since Godwin would likely replace Adam Humphries in the slot. Of the 56 receivers in 2018 who ran at least 25% of their routes out of the slot, Godwin was 21st in yards per route run. Humphries played 70% of the snaps last year, so if he walks in free agency there should be plenty of snaps available for both Jackson and Godwin.