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.
TB RB Ronald Jones - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 8 at Cincinnati Bengals
The Bucs have four rushing touchdowns on the season, and only one belongs to a running back. Ronald Jones carries that honor as he scored on a goal-line play last week, finishing with 13 yards on six carries. He also had one catch for 15 yards.
Jones appears to be splitting carries with Peyton Barber while Jacquizz Rodgers comes in on passing downs/spot appearances. Tampa's backfield is a mess and Jones is a low-end RB3 option vs. the Bengals.