College: USC | 3 years
Height: 5'11" | Weight: 208 lbs
Birth Date: 8/3/1997
2020 Bye Week: 13
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 RB
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II was called "the main guy" in the running back room by his coach Bruce Arians. Arians said he is confident in Jones II and that the other guys are fighting for roles. The other guys include third-round draft pick Ke'Shawn Vaughn, who will lose valuable practice time after he hit the COVID-19 list, and veteran running back LeSean McCoy, who won't challenge for a lead back role at this point in his career. Jones II looks the part after an offseason spent bulking up and catching hundreds of passes to address a weakness in his game. The 23-year-old has RB2 upside in the 7th round but it's likely that Vaughn and McCoy cut into his ceiling in 2020, despite what Arians said.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones will be the main ball carrier for the Buccaneers this season, according to head coach Bruce Arians.
Fantasy Spin: Jones rushed for 724 yards and six touchdowns last season and should improve those stats with more playing time and touches. He will be a part of one of the better offenses in the NFL and can be considered a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Free agent running back LeSean McCoy has signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The deal is worth just over $1 million according to Ian Rapoport. The veteran back is a good depth signing for Tampa Bay, who was in need of a proven pass-catching back. While McCoy is far from the running back he used to be, he still compiled the best yards per touch mark last year since 2016 and has caught at least 25 passes in each season. Unfortunately, this makes drafting Ronald Jones II and Ke'Shawn Vaughn less appealing now that there's a third back in the room. It's probably a backfield to avoid in fantasy for the moment, though in a perfect world this move pushes Jones II to new heights.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones said he has been working on his hands this offseason in order to contribute more in the passing game in 2020. 'My hands are better,' Jones said 'Just catching more passes, every day. Like 300 a day on the JUGS (machine), and I've been working out here with high school and college quarterbacks and working with (Tom) Brady, so I've caught every kind of ball you can imagine. I'm ready for that challenge.'
Fantasy Spin: Jones gave way to Peyton Barber for some of the pass-catching work in 2019, but he will have an opportunity to step up with Barber moving on in free agency. Jones has 38 career receptions on 49 targets for 342 yards and no touchdowns. He should be viewed as the No. 1 RB in Tampa Bay and could be an excellent sleeper target in PPR leagues while working with Brady.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones II has been rigorously training this offseason in preparation for the 2020 season. Per The Athletic's Greg Auman, the 22-year-old has got up to 225 pounds and has been practicing catching roughly 300 footballs per day. This will be an important season for the USC product as Tampa Bay drafted another back in Ke'Shawn Vaughn out of Vanderbilt. Though Jones will enter as the likely starter, there is no doubt Vaughn could cut into his fantasy value by getting carries. The 2018 pick has 768 rush yards, seven rush touchdowns, 38 receptions, 342 receiving yards, and has averaged 3.9 yards per rush in two NFL seasons. Jones projects as a low RB2/high RB3 heading into fantasy drafts.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones said he has bulked up to 225 pounds this offseason.
Fantasy Spin: Jones probably is the leading candidate for the starting running back job, but it is not known if he would have to share snaps with other backs. He can be considered at least a No. 3 fantasy running back if he receives most of the work in the backfield.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones drew raves from the coaching staff for how he played near the end of the 2019 season, and beat writer Mark Cook believes that he doesn't 'think there is any question at this point that (Jones) is the starting running back ... unless he completely melts down in (training) camp - or gets injured.'
Fantasy Spin: While Cook notes that the team does like Ke'Shawn Vaughn, the absence of any pre-camp work for rookies should have been a fairly clear indication that the odds were going to be stacked against him in 2020. Cook also noted that he believes Jones will become the team's first 1,000-yard rusher since Doug Martin in 2015 if he can stay healthy. If his ADP continues to hang around the sixth or seventh round in drafts, Jones could easily end up becoming one of the best value picks in fantasy this season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones' limitations in the passing game have cost him playing time at various points throughout his two-year NFL career, but he is focusing his offseason work on running sharper routes and being more consistent with his hands. In addition, his workout coach also stated that Jones is 225 pounds.
Fantasy Spin: The overwhelming majority of fantasy owners seem to believe the lead role is rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn's for the taking. While it is possible the third-rounder overtakes Jones at some point, it appears many folks are unwilling to appreciate the strides the second-year back made last season. It's just as likely Jones takes over the backfield in 2020 as it is that he splits time with Vaughn, but the veteran would have to fall on his face in order to be cast aside. Jones boasts significant fantasy RB3 upside as a result.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones was given an endorsement from general manager Jason Licht on Thursday, April 9. 'We have a lot of faith in Ronald. We have more faith in him than we ever have,' Licht said.
Fantasy Spin: While this doesn't say much, and it could easily be construed as "GM speak," the fact Tampa has yet to bring in a running back this offseason says something to Jones' credit. The NFL draft will be interesting for a team with few other glaring needs and a prized new quarterback to help. Jones has RB2 potential if all goes well, but there's also a great deal of concern through uncertainty and his lack of consistently capable play to date.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones averaged a broken tackle once every 7.5 rushing attempts in 2019 - good for the fourth-best mark among qualified rushers in the league. His 23 total broken tackles ranked 11th among all players.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones could face new competition for snaps on third down next season, according to head coach Bruce Arians. 'We'd love to have a pass-catching back,' Arians said.
Fantasy Spin: Jones rebounded in 2019 after a dreadful rookie campaign, tallying 1,031 yards from scrimmage and catching 31 passes. He should still handle most of the work on early downs, but if Jones isn't on the field in passing situations, it is going to limit his ceiling, especially with Tom Brady now under center. He's best viewed as a flex option for the time being.