Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians announced that RB Ronald Jones will be the "main guy" in the Tampa Bay backfield this season and will "carry the load" while the other backs find their role.
The Buccaneers signing of LeSean McCoy last week had fantasy drafters worried about Jones' fantasy prospects but Arians cleared up any uncertainty on Wednesday when he explicitly annointed Jones as Tampa's lead back, at least for early-down rushing work. Rookie RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn sparked intrigue in the fantasy community when he landed in Tampa, but he remains on the reserve/COVID list and is clearly behind Jones on the depth chart. It still seems unlikely that Jones gets a true workhorse role this season, but Arians' latest comments should instill confidence regarding his rushing workload and give his ADP a slight bump.
Ron Rivera refuses to name Dwayne Haskins the starting quarterback for the Washington Football Team, but listening to the coach's comments about the second-year passer, it sure sounds like it's Haskins job.
"He’s done a great job of studying, preparing and getting himself ready for this. He’s been great," Rivera said Tuesday morning. "He’s been on the field, doing the things we’ve asked of him. He’s done the extra stuff that he and I talked about in the offseason. He’s done the things that, I think, puts him right there where he needs to be at this junction of where we are in our training, having only been able to do zoom and now only having four days of work on the field."
A lot of the news has been about Smith this offseason and how good he's looked to this point, but he still has a long way to go the story said. Allen played for Rivera last year in Carolina and got off to a hot start before coming back to reality a bit. According to this story at least, it sounds like the job will be Haskins even though Rivera is advertising an open competition.