RB Ronald Jones II - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

6-1, 195Born: 8-3-1997College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 2, pick 2018

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 9): Jones looked like a new man in his first regular season game under Bruce Arians. He is still going to be minimally involved in the passing game and share the ball in some sort of committee on a team that has trouble running the ball and winning games, but he could get the lion's share of work from here on ou

General News (Thu Sep 12): led the team with 75 rushing yards in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers, but head coach Bruce Arians confirmed RB Peyton Barber remains first in line for touches heading into Week 2. "If Peyton gets a little tired, he will get (Jones) in there," Arians said Wednesday, Sept. 11. "And if he has the hot hand, he stays in there until he gets tired."

General News (Wed Sep 11): practiced fully on Wednesday and is not on the team's injury report.

General News (Tue Sep 10): practiced fully on Tuesday.

General News (Mon Sep 9): practiced fully on Monday.

Week 2: at Carolina Panthers

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Bruce Arians isn't a run-centric coach by any stretch; he's gone on the record about his dislike of the ground game before. Still, it'll have to happen sometimes. And in Week 1, Ronald Jones II showed his first signs of life as an NFL runner, bringing far more explosiveness and consistency than the plodding Peyton Barber. Jones was fantastic behind a surgical run-blocking line, ripping off chunk runs throughout the second half en route to 75 yards. It was only one game, but probably all Jones needed to do to prompt a change. A productive workhorse at USC, he simply brings more dynamism to the role than Barber and his career 3.8-yard average. Barber still has a role here, as the team trusts his steadiness and pass-game value. But Jones is much more capable of maximizing the Buccaneers' strong front line, and he'll likely lead the way in opportunity for the foreseeable future. Of course, he'll be largely dependent on the front line, which is shaky but impressed in Week 1. The interior, led by left guard Ali Marpet and center Ryan Jensen, is adept at opening holes for Jones to exploit. The Panthers looked dominant against the Rams' stout front for much of Week 1: throughout the first half, they allowed Rams running backs just 37 yards on 10 carries. Eventually, though, Todd Gurley and Malcolm Brown began to find room to spring big runs. Overall, this Panthers unit looks similar to the 2018 version, which made for a fairly juicy fantasy target week-to-week. Over their last 9 games, they've now allowed 11 different runners to top 50 yards, with 8 ground touchdowns along the way. The front line is strong, led by a trio of big-name stars still performing at a high level, but there are issues down the field. Linebacker Luke Kuechly remains solid but isn't an impenetrable force up the middle, and missed tackles continue to plague the group as a whole. Ronald Jones II has yet to prove himself on the NFL level, but if he's given the holes he was in Week 1, he could produce another big day against the Panthers' second level.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs SF 22 13 75 0 1 1.0 18 0 0 9.3
2 at CAR 8 4 9 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.9
2 at CAR PROJ-Dodds * 12 * * 1.0 * * * *
2 at CAR PROJ-Tremblay * 13 * * 0.6 * * * *
2 at CAR PROJ-Bloom * 12 * * 1.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Ronald Jones II's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 1 vs SF (13 / 75 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)

Jones entered the game in relief of starter Barber later in the first quarter. His first run was a hard charge up the middle of the defense for 10 yards. He converted 3rd and 17 with hard running after catching a swing pass out of the backfield in the 2nd quarter. Three receivers lined up on the left side of the formation and faked deep routes before blocking for Jones, who broke a couple of tackles and tip toed his way up the sideline for the conversion. Jones didn't really get rolling on the ground until the 3rd quarter, carrying the ball with authority between the tackles and picking up several first downs on the ground. He dodged a tackle in the backfield with a wicked stutter-step on one particularly nifty play. Jones was pretty much featured from that point on, logging several impressive carries in the 4th quarter, all between the tackles as he out-carried Barber 13-8 on the day and appeared to run with a little more juice in his legs.


Latest News

Buccaneers | Ronald Jones a nonfactor in win (Fri Sep 13, 12:19 AM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones rushed four times for nine yards Thursday, Sept. 12, against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2. He was held without a reception.

Our View: Jones hand never heated up in this one despite a report that he would get more work. He's an desperation play going into the matchup with the Giants and not an essential hold in short bench leagues.
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Buccaneers | Ronald Jones in line for more work? (Thu Sep 12, 03:11 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones is expected to see 'increased carries' in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Our View: Jones is at least a flex play against a Panthers defense that the Rams gashed in the running game last week. Tampa should try to run more to take pressure off of Jameis Winston after an abysmal Week 1.
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Buccaneers | Ronald Jones remains backup for now (Wed Sep 11, 09:56 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones led the team with 75 rushing yards in Week 1 against the San Francisco 49ers, but head coach Bruce Arians confirmed RB Peyton Barber remains first in line for touches heading into Week 2. 'If Peyton gets a little tired, he will get (Jones) in there,' Arians said Wednesday, Sept. 11. 'And if he has the hot hand, he stays in there until he gets tired.'

Our View: Jones looked more explosive than Barber but he's going to have to prove himself further in order to climb the depth chart. In his current role, Barber has some deep flex appeal. We'll see if his role grows as the season goes on.
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Buccaneers | Ronald Jones not on injury report (Wed Sep 11, 03:38 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones (toe) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Sept. 11, and is not on the injury report for Week 2.

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Buccaneers | Peyton Barber remains starter for now (Tue Sep 10, 05:33 PM) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Peyton Barber will get the start again in Week 2 over Ronald Jones, although head coach Bruce Arians suggested he will go with the 'hot hand' after Jones gets a chance to mix in.

Our View: Barber was the lead back in Week 1 against the 49ers, even though Ronald Jones was the more exciting back. We'll see if Jones can continue to make plays as a reserve runner and earn a larger role, perhaps even replacing Barber as the starter. In the meantime, Jones is a flex play with upside against the Panthers on Thursday night.
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