• Ronald Jones

  • RB
  • , Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • 23
  • 0 lbs
  • 0' 0"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Jones finished as the No. 26 back last season (half-PPR), splitting time with Peyton Barber and Dare Ogunbowale. Barber is gone, but the Bucs drafted Ke’Shawn Vaughn in the third round, and Bruce Arians said that Vaughn can play on all three downs. Jones did run well last season, but never seemed to have the full confidence of the coaching staff. He averaged the fourth-most broken tackles per attempt last season and showed well as a receiver. He has reportedly been working very hard on his pass protection, which was his bugaboo in 2019. (He was benched for blowing a pass block, and now has the statuesque Tom Brady to protect.) If he has truly buttoned up his pass pro, he could turn into a three-down back for the Bucs.

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Scouting report

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Ronald Jones - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Ronald Jones topped 1,000 scrimmage yards in 2019 and finished as the No. 26 running back (half-PPR). He played the most snaps out of Tampa Bay’s three running backs, and should be viewed as the incumbent starter for 2020. Despite some struggles, Jones played mostly well in 2019 as he topped 70 total yards seven times, even though he was splitting touches. He’ll be playing in an improved offense this year with the arrival of Tom Brady. In early August, Bruce Arians said of Jones, "Rojo’s the main guy. He’ll carry the load."

Fantasy Downside
Jones will still be fighting for touches in 2020 as the Bucs added rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn in the third round. Playing time was a huge issue for Jones in 2019 as he only played over 50% of the offensive snaps in two games last season. He’ll likely be forced into a similar three back backfield, limiting his production.

2020 Bottom Line
Poor pass protection was one of the main reasons why Jones struggled to stay on the field last season. He says he’s been working on it this offseason, and becoming a pro at pass pro will be crucial to him earning more playing time. Still, Arians has offered high praise of Vaughn, and the Bucs will want to get their rookie involved. Tampa Bay also added in veteran LeSean McCoy, who will add some extra clutter to this backfield. Expect Jones to finish around 1,000 scrimmage yards again, barely placing him near the top 30 running back conversation.

2020 Strength of Schedule - TB

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
3
@NO
32
CAR
7
@DEN
19
LAC
14
@CHI
24
GB
20
@LV
22
@NYG
3
NO
32
@CAR
13
LAR
25
KC
BYE12
MIN
9
@ATL
28
@DET
9
ATL

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1SF1375005.771180118.009.310.322/7031.4%
2@CAR49002.2500000.000.90.98/6512.3%
3NYG1480005.711410141.0012.113.123/7729.9%
4@LAR1970103.681120112.0014.215.236/7448.6%
5@NO935003.892210310.505.67.620/5933.9%
6CAR410102.5000000.007.07.013/8016.3%
7BYE--------------
8@TEN1135003.181170417.005.26.222/8326.5%
9@SEA1867103.72215027.5014.216.242/7953.2%
10ARI1129112.64877089.6214.622.640/8547.1%
11NO413003.2521040.501.43.421/6830.9%
12@ATL1251104.25316035.3312.715.733/6650.0%
13@JAX68001.3300000.000.80.821/7627.6%
14IND1136003.27423055.755.99.927/7834.6%
15@DET1123002.091260326.004.95.934/7545.3%
16HOU1477105.503320410.6716.919.937/7350.7%
17ATL11106019.64210025.009.611.623/5145.1%
Per game10.7545.250.380.134.211.9419.3102.569.978.4610.3926.38/72.4436.46%
Totals172724624.21313090419.97135.3166.3422/115936.46%
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