It will be the Ronald Jones show in Tampa this season. That is the message that Arians delivered yesterday in his press conference at training camp.
“Rojo is the main guy; he’ll carry the load. All of those other guys are fighting for roles, who goes in second when he gets tired, maybe who is the third-down guy. But they’re all fighting for a role and special teams will have a lot to do with that”
Jones worked extremely hard on his game in the off-season and the Bucs are counting on him to take that next step in his running and pass receiving.
Jones also hit the weights over the summer bulking to 225 pounds which is up 20 pounds from 2018.
“He improved dramatically from last April to December,” Arians said. “He has shown that he’s the guy. He is a guy with a lot of talent. He is excellent in the screen game. His run-after-catch is good. I have all the confidence in the world in Jones. He put a lot of time in working out and catching balls to improve his hands in the offseason and it’s showing up already.”
Does this kind of talk from Bruce Arians sound familiar?
If you recall just around one year ago there were a lot of questions surrounding quarterback Jameis Winston and his play.
Arians had nothing but positive things to say about Winston last year at training camp.
During the 2019 season, Arians defended Winston to the point that you sometimes wondered if Arians watched the same game as the rest of us.
Ronald Jones is this year’s Jameis Winston. Arians is going to do everything he can to make sure that Jones knows he has the full support and confidence of the coaching staff.
Winston had the full support of Arians until he cost the Bucs a possible playoff position. His turnovers cost the Bucs the final two games of the season against Houston and Atlanta.
Jones showed a lot of improvement last year running for 724 yards, six touchdowns averaging 4.2 yards per carry.
Jones also had 31 catches for 309 yards and ten yards per catch.
Speaking with Greg Auman of the Athletic Jones is looking forward to what could be a very special season. “I’m very excited. We’ve been anxious, seeing all the offseason moves, getting the Brady bunch with Gronk (tight end Rob Gronkowski)back as well, with the weapons we had in place already. We’re feeling really good about this season and know it can be something special.”
There should be plenty of work to go around with Jones, LeSean McCoy, Dare Ogunbowale, Ke’Shawn Vaughan, and Raymond Calais.
Calais and Ogunbowale may end seeing a lot of time on special teams. They could also be used in the return game.
For our preview of the running back position check our piece right here