Ronald Jones made large strides from his rookie year a couple years ago, and while there have been some trust issues and injuries along the way, Jones has some untapped potential if he’s given legit opportunity.
In the games he did, he went above expectations. He went over 100 yards rushing in three straight games from Weeks 4-6 when averaging 20 carries/game. When given another 23 carries in Week 10, he ran for 192 yards.
As a runner, his 2020 numbers are pretty impressive.
According to PFF, among all RBs with a minimum of 175 carries, Jones 3rd in yards after contact/attempt, only behind Nick Chubb and Derrick Henry.
According to NFL Next Gen Stats, He had the most rushing yards over expectation only behind Henry, Chubb and Dalvin Cook. He had the 2nd most rushing yards over expectation/attempt, only behind Nick Chubb.
He was 4th in yards/attempt, only behind Chubb, Aaron Jones, and Henry.
He was PFF’s 3rd highest ranking rusher, only behind Henry and Cook (11th overall as a RB). That gets into where his weaknesses are.
His receiving game is what needs help, and it’s a stretch to think he can compete for Bruce Arians’ long down and distance role (passing downs). Among all RBs with at least 25 targets, he was 2nd worst in the league in drop %, and he was ranked dead last by PFF in receiving grade.
While he struggles in the passing game, he has value as a runner.
Leonard Fournette will likely be gone in free agency, leaving Jones and Ke’Shawn Vaughn in that backfield if the Bucs don’t make RB a priority in their draft.
If Jones can stay healthy and is the main early down back, he can surprise a lot of people in terms of fantasy success, assuming the Bucs offense stays nearly as potent as it is this season.
We saw what he did with a bum quad against the Saints on Sunday night, unfortunately having a couple of long runs called back due to penalty.
Do you think Bruce Arians will trust Ronald Jones in 2021 to be his primary back?