Buccaneers “most impressed” with Ronald Jones

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The Buccaneers selected running back Ronald Jones in the second round of last year’s draft, but hopes that he’d play a big role in their offense went unrealized.

Jones struggled throughout the preseason and was an afterthought in the regular season. He got 30 touches while appearing in nine games as a backup to Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers and his failure to launch has led to talk about the Bucs taking another running back in this year’s draft.

That may turn out to be the case, but General Manager Jason Licht spent some time lavishing praise on Jones during his press conference on Tuesday.

“Right now the guy that we’re all collectively most impressed with is RoJo, just his attitude, his willingness to do extra. You can just see the confidence rising in him,” Licht said, via JoeBucsFan.com.

There’s often a big gap between what General Managers say in pre-draft press conferences and what they actually do in the draft. We’ll find out next week if the strong feelings about Jones’ offseason work have an impact on the direction Tampa winds up taking.

5 responses to “Buccaneers “most impressed” with Ronald Jones

  1. Jason Licht is delusional. He has made it through 3 coaching changes and still hasn’t been fired. Can’t figure that one out

  2. buccaboo says:
    April 17, 2019 at 8:49 am
    Jason Licht is delusional. He has made it through 3 coaching changes and still hasn’t been fired. Can’t figure that one out
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    He has not. Lovie Smith was hired just before Licht and was gone in a year before Licht could have any GM effect, and counting Arians is overegging it as he’s only just been hired and yet to see his first season. So he’s only effectively seen one HC come AND go – Koetter. And frankly, Koetter’s college HC record was poor before coming to Tampa as an assistant. Licht was lobbied by the players to promote Koetter from OC to HC. But Licht and Glazer also picked him partly because he was already there but importantly because they still had to pay the remaining 4yrs of Lovie’s contract and couldn’t afford a big name. Before Tampa, Licht has a long pedigree, including 2 stints in the Pats’ front office.

  3. I remember watching Jaquizz in a high school playoff game. I wasn’t impressed then and still not. If Jones can’t beat him out then something is drastically wrong.

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