Bruce Arians: Ronald Jones will be a heck of a player for us

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One of the running themes of the Buccaneers’ offseason program was positive reviews of the work being done by running back Ronald Jones.

Jones turned in a disappointing rookie year after being selected in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but there were glowing notices about him throughout the offseason as the Bucs prepared for their first season under head coach Bruce Arians. Arians continued that trend after Tuesday’s training camp practice, which was the first to feature live contact.

“He’s an explosive player,” Arians said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “He’s going to be a heck of a player for us. He’s going to make big plays for us. . . . He’s probably best between the tackles, but he took that one around the end and nobody could catch him. He’s got that breakaway speed and the size. His best runs have been tackle to tackle until that one.”

Peyton Barber was the top back in Tampa last year and Arians predicted his pairing with Jones is “going to be a heck of a 1-2 punch,” although he left open the question which player would fill each spot on the depth chart come September.

3 responses to “Bruce Arians: Ronald Jones will be a heck of a player for us

  1. Rojo has looked good in training camp. It was said that he put on a few pounds of muscle and I do believe that it does show on his frame.

    Two big differences that I see this year vs last year:

    1) Confidence instilled by the Head Coach through the media – Arians spoke good things about Rojo (and Peyton Barber) as soon as he was hired and questioned about the running game

    2) Much more opportunities in practice – Koetter LOVED to play favorites with players (it’s how you get Kenny Bell, Dontae Dye, Freddie Martino, etc. taking up roster spots) and instead of getting his 2nd rd pick involved, he had Jacquizz Rodgers, WHO KNEW THE DAMN SYSTEM, taking a majority of reps.

    IF the damn O-line can block, plenty of teams will be surprised with the talent that the Buccaneers have at RB – P. Barber and R. Jones, TE – O.J. Howard and C. Brate and WR – M. Evans, C. Godwin, Justin Watson and Scotty Miller (last two look to be battling for the 4th and 5th WR spots)

  2. Great another day, another quote, from the Self Proclaimed Maven of Football… Bruce Arians.

    Just how many daily quotes do we read about from the successful NFL coaches. Zero.

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