Will Ronald Jones start Sunday?

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Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians declared Ronald Jones the starting running back during his Tuesday news conference. In fact, the media was so surprised at Arians’ declaration, they asked him to confirm he meant Jones would start against the Falcons.

Arians responded, “Yes.”

So will he or won’t he?

Arians said on Bucs Total Access on Thursday that he considers Jones, Leonard Fournette AND Giovani Bernard as starters.

“They each have a role, and it’s just the time of the game, different scenarios,” Arians told Casey Phillips. “They’re all starters. There’s no expectation level that’s any different. It’s whoever’s out there.”

Jones didn’t start the opener, lost a fumble on his sixth snap and didn’t play again last Thursday night against the Cowboys. He finished with four carries for 14 yards, and Arians said Jones struggled mentally after he turned it over.

“Ro was running hard, running good and just lost the ball. Got to hang onto it in the pile,” Arians said.

For what it’s worth, the Bucs list Jones as the starting running back.

5 responses to “Will Ronald Jones start Sunday?

  1. Why the song and dance with this kid? He’s been unreliable quite a bit. Start Fournette, lean on him and bring in Gio on 3rd. Case closed.

  2. My guess is the song and dance has to do with talent run in the football, and he’s way better at it than Fournette. Maybe there is some mental ‘yips’ doibg on with him.

    I didn’t see stone hands Fournette get benched when an easy dump off shot off his hands and into defenders arms for a pick. Jones is still pretty young and has flashed plenty of talent with several 150+ yd games. But turnovers in the NFL are daggers and career killers if he can’t figure it out

  3. The problem with both of the Bucs starters is they can’t catch the ball. And in all honestly it’s not that hard. Neither have big fumble issues, so it has to be something mental about the defense honing in on them. Either one can run well but it this day and age it’s about pass blocking and being able to catch. I think Fournette does a better job in pass protection but he still has trouble getting his hands on a simple dump off. I know they have Bernard but he’s not a work horse. They say having 2 QBs is like having none? Well I think having 3 RBs is the same. Teams know where the analytics lie when these three are on the field. You have to have an element of surprise which at this point they don’t offer.

  4. Back in college Fournette was supposed to be so good there were people saying he should sit out games rather than risk his NFL career. Now he can’t even win a starting job. Sheeeee!

  5. Should go ahead and rest Him while they have an easy game.

    The Saints will still own the NFC South!

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