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Saturday, September 29, 2018, 1:16pm
Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter was asked this week about why second-round draft pick Ronald Jones has been inactive, despite Tampa Bay ranking last in the league in yards per carry (3.0).
"Listen, I've said it multiple times: Rojo's day is coming," Koetter said. "And this has nothing to do with anything he's not doing well. It's on me. It's on us. His day is coming. You know, guys can get drafted where they get drafted but my job is to put the 46 guys out there that give us a chance that week to win and that's always what we're going to do."
Starter Peyton Barber is only averaging 2.9 yards per carry.
If you have an available bench spot, Jones might be worth a stash ahead of inactives coming out Sunday. If Jones is inactive again, you just cut him with Tampa Bay on a bye next week. The Bucs coaching staff also indicated Jones isn't active ahead of third-string Duke undrafted free agent Shaun Wilson because Jones doesn't play special teams. However, Barber has provided next to nothing in the running game, and neither has Jacquizz Rodgers. It will be curious to see if this staff installs a package of plays for Jones in the coming weeks, where he is not asked to pass protect, another concern that has kept him inactive.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Friday, October 19, 2018 - 11:15am
Week 7 vs. Cleveland Browns
Seemingly out of nowhere, Peyton Barber finished with 100+ scrimmage yards and a touchdown last week. Before that performance, he was averaging 30 yards in his last three games and hadn't scored a TD all season. Hopefully his big game is a sign of things to come, but for now, it's better to be cautious with his value.
He gets a favorable matchup this week against the Browns, who are allowing 138.2 rushing yards per game (fourth-highest in the league). Cleveland is also allowing 4.7 yards per rush, which is eighth-highest in the league. Barber can be viewed as a decent RB2 option vs. the Browns.
2018 Strength of Schedule - TB
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2018 Game Stats
|Per game||12.60||46.00||0||0||3.65||1.20||7.40||0.20||2.00||6.17||6.54||7.74||40.00/65.40||61.12% |