Buccaneers have no answer for Ronald Jones’ terrible preseason

AP

The Buccaneers took running back Ronald Jones with their second-round pick in this year’s draft, and to say he was a major disappointment would be a major understatement. Jones managed just 22 yards on 28 carries, a shockingly bad average of 0.8 yards per carry.

Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said after the Bucs’ preseason finale, in which Jones had 10 carries for four yards, that he’s not really sure why Jones isn’t able to get anything going on the ground.

“I can’t give you a good answer for it,” Koetter said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “I saw it in practice. But we weren’t able to get it going during the game for whatever reason. When his runs came up, we didn’t block them very well, number one, and he wasn’t able to do much with it on his own. I don’t have a good answer for you. Of course, I haven’t seen the tape from [Thursday] but it didn’t look pretty from where I saw it. Again, when you have bad running plays, rarely is it one guy’s fault. Sometimes it is, but rarely. It’s a combination of things. I know from Ronald’s standpoint, it’s not at all from lack of effort, or from him not knowing what he’s doing. Okay? So I know there’s been a little undercurrent out there about him not knowing the playbook and I want to make sure I’m real clear on that. That is not an issue.”

Jones did pick up 37 yards on his only catch of the preseason, so he managed to flash his big-play ability once. But running the ball, he never gained more than five yards on any carry. Given what the Bucs were expecting from Jones coming out of USC, that’s a major concern. With Jameis Winston suspended and the Bucs hoping to rely on their running game, they need to figure out how to get him some running room when the football starts for real.

35 responses to “Buccaneers have no answer for Ronald Jones’ terrible preseason

  1. August was weird for fantasy drafting. About 2 weeks ago it became obvious to everyone Peyton Barber was the man ans their ADP flipped. Nobody will touch Jones now and they reach for Barber lol

  2. Does Dirk Koetter ever give a good answer for why his team doesn’t perform to expectations?

    Hmmm, do you think that means….?

  3. This team could probably do something, if they would stop throwing away second round picks. Oh, and maybe draft a QB too. Not in the second though, one problem at a time.

  4. minnesotablizzard says:
    August 31, 2018 at 8:38 am
    August was weird for fantasy drafting. About 2 weeks ago it became obvious to everyone Peyton Barber was the man ans their ADP flipped. Nobody will touch Jones now and they reach for Barber lol
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    Barber will never confuse anyone for Eric Dickerson or some sh but he’s actually a really solid player. Ill be that annoying guy and talk about my fantasy team and say that ill be beside myself if I snag him as an rb2. He’s gnna avg out to 80yards, with the occasional 2 touchdown game. If the Bucs have anything it’s they have a lot of talent at WR and TE, they’re going to be in the red zone a lot, lots of opps for Barber to punch it in

  5. 10 carries for 4 yards in the final preseason game is pretty bad. What happens when he has to play against the starters? A 0.8 yard per carry is very bad. If not for the fact he’s a 2nd round pick, he wouldn’t make the team.

  6. Ronald Jones at the combine ran a slow 4.65 and chose not to partake in the bench press, broad jump, 3 cone drill, 20 and 60 yard shuttles. He’s not very big and has small hands. In other words he was taken way to high and has bust written all over him. Next question.

  7. akaodoyle says:
    August 31, 2018 at 9:02 am
    This team could probably do something, if they would stop throwing away second round picks. Oh, and maybe draft a QB too. Not in the second though, one problem at a time.

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    I am no JW fan – the allegations just keep popping up and I don’t think he has any character. That aside, his performance isn’t too different than his draft rival, Mariota. So drafting a QB wouldn’t be a priority this year, next year maybe. But frankly from a marketing standpoint I would not want this guy as the face of my franchise. So I am torn on the comment lol!

  8. fonzisnlf says:
    August 31, 2018 at 8:41 am

    The Bucs, the Browns of the South.
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    Yea except the bucs have actually been to and won a super bowl, not to mention have multiple winning season in this decade.

  9. He got stuffed and never took a step and lost yards because of second or third string o line.How can you even talk about him being a star or a bust yet ?

  10. Who was he running behind, i.e. how good are/were the o linemen? People think running backs are supposed to be successful running behind garbage o-lines, that’s because those people don’t know how to watch positional football. If he was running behind his starting o line, then there is either a problem with Jones or the O line. Either way it’s a scary thought. Glad I’m not a Bucs fan.
    Fly Eagles Fly!

  11. Week one is the closest to a bye week the Saints will see all year with the exception of the actual bye week. In the Bucs defense, the Saints have looked awful at first team run stop in the preseason. Maybe, this guy isn’t a bust! He just needs a soft run stop defense to build his confidence. If the Saints fill the gaps on run defense, they should put this game away before halftime!

  12. .
    The RBs came off the draft board like one thoroughbred and five little ponies:

    (2) Saquon Barkley Penn State

    (27) Rashaad Penny San San Diego State

    (31) Sony Michel Georgia

    (35) Nick Chubb Georgia

    (38) Ronald Jones USC

    (43) Kerryon Johnson Auburn

    We’ll have to wait and see who got the studs and who got the duds.
    .

  13. Koetter’s seat is going to be on fire here in a few weeks. His fate might be sealed before Winston is even back from his suspension.

  14. I hate to say this, but he’s probably a bust. If a running back is special–or even competent–they usually show it right away. Remember Warrick Dunn in the 1997 preseason? Everyone back then was talking about him as a third down back behind Errict Rhett. He looked so good in the preseason Rhett never played in the regular season.

    Cadillac Williams was supposedly so good in camp in 2005 Jon Gruden didn’t have to play him in the preseason. He had like four snaps.

    I can’t remember Doug Martin’s rookie preseason but I know there were no whispers about his performance, and he definitely looked the part in the regular season.

    Obviously, I hope I’m wrong. But how are two other backs–including an undrafted rookie–having good preseasons while Jones can’t get out of his own way?

  15. Let’s get rid of Lovey Smith and have this offensive guru to coach…….How’s that worked out Tampa?
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    Much better than what Lovie was doing. Lovie was a total disaster.

  16. joco45215 says:
    August 31, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Let’s get rid of Lovey Smith and have this offensive guru to coach…….How’s that worked out Tampa?

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    Lovie is never the answer.

  17. “I know from Ronald’s standpoint, it’s not at all from lack of effort, or from him not knowing what he’s doing. Okay?”

    When I read that quote I couldn’t help but hear it in Mr Mackey’s voice from South Park.

    “Ronald doing just fine, mmmmm’kay?”

    Lolz

  18. Thankfully, the Bucs have Barber and Rodgers as the first and second stringers. Behind a good oline, they’ll do great.

    Gotta laugh at these fantasy drafts choosing Jones over Peyton Barber (the starter who is averaging 5+ yards per carry).

    Even in the worst case scenario that Jones turns out to be a bust in the long run, he’s one of three second round picks and Licht struck gold on the other two. Because of the depth, though, the Bucs have time to develop Jones properly.

    I’m expecting him to show vast improvement by mid season.

  19. Another bad high pick by that regime to go with Aguayo, Hargraves, and Noah Spence. Yet Buc fans are clueless and want to run their 24-year-old QB out of town with the 95 rating and said it was all his fault he had one of league history’s worst defenses alongside him last year and similar production in the running game, which seems to be likely to continue with them undoubtedly staying stubborn and force feeding this kid the ball this year. The sooner they get rid of the coach and GM, they could maybe finally start to fix this.

  20. TB throughtout it’s history has always generally been a terrible running the ball. The offensive can’t open holes for anyone I don’t care if they had Leveon Bell. They sent Blount to the Patriots and performs wonders for them. Maybe that was the reason Bo Jackson dis them. Denver, Pittsburgh has always got good schemes running the ball. TB has had decent running backs in the past with no success. Why? Coaching??

  21. Tough deal for the kid. He came in to the game averaging one yard per carry, then averaged 0.4 yards per carry in the game for an overall average of 0.8 yards per carry. Hopefully things improve when the real season starts.

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