Ronald Jones

#27 RB / Tampa Bay Buccaneers / EXP: 2YRS Height: 5-11 Weight: 208 lb Age: 21 College: USC Bye 7

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    Buccaneers' Ronald Jones II: Bulks up in offseason

    Ronald Jones is up to 221 pounds after playing at approximately 208 pounds during his rookie season last year, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.The added weight is by design, with Jones emphasizing he's been working with a personal trainer this offseason and following a nutritional regimen designed to add lean muscle. The decision to add extra pounds is somewhat interesting for Jones, whose speed was one of the main factors that inspired the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' previous regime to select him with the 38th overall pick of the 2018 draft. Jones appears to have a clean slate with the new coaching staff headed by Bruce Arians and has received strong reviews for his work in non-contact practices throughout the offseason. It remains to be seen whether he'll continue demonstrating improvement once the pads come on for training camp, where Jones and Peyton Barber are expected to battle for backfield snaps.

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    Buccaneers' Ronald Jones II: Displays offseason progress

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are excited about the progress Ronald Jones displayed during their offseason program, Jenna Laine of reports.Actions speak louder than words, and the Bucs certainly made a statement with their lack of offseason additions to the backfield. Everything points to a fantastic opportunity for Jones, a 2018 second-round pick who averaged 1.9 yards on 23 carries and 4.7 yards on seven catches in nine games during his rookie season. He'll likely open training camp sharing first-team snaps with Peyton Barber, while the rest of the depth chart holds Dare Ogunbowale, 30-year-old Andre Ellington and undrafted rookie Bruce Anderson. New coach Bruce Arians must be a believer in Jones and/or Barber.

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    Buccaneers' Ronald Jones II: Impressing in OTAs

    Ronald Jones has been impressive as both a runner and receiver during the first two weeks of OTAs, Carmen Vitali of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official site reports.Perhaps no player on the offense has more to prove than Jones, who fell disastrously short of expectations as a 2018 second-round selection. His offseason got off to a positive start off the field with an early endorsement from new coach Bruce Arians, and the second-year back has validated the vote of confidence over the first two weeks of on-field work. On Thursday, Jones looked particularly elusive after bringing in passes, according to Vitali. Plus, Jones also earned praise from Arians after last Tuesday's session. While Peyton Barber still sits atop the depth chart and there's talk of getting him more involved in the passing game as well, Jones possesses a much more dynamic skill set that could potentially earn him significant playing time if it translates to the regular season.

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    Buccaneers' Ronald Jones II: Off to good start under Arians

    General manager Jason Licht said Ronald Jones has impressed the new coaching staff more than any other player so far this spring, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.The 2018 second-round pick barely played as a rookie and struggled with his rare opportunities, but coach Bruce Arians made it clear Jones would have a chance to prove himself in a new system. While he could face more competition after the 2019 NFL Draft, the 21-year-old currently finds himself in an underwhelming backfield alongside Peyton Barber, Shaun Wilson, Andre Ellington and Dare Ogunbowale. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers do seem to be fond of Barber, who managed just 3.7 yards per carry and 4.6 per catch as a 16-game starter in 2018, finishing with 963 scrimmage yards and six touchdowns on 616 snaps (254 touches).

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    Buccaneers' Ronald Jones II: Getting attention from Arians

    Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that he's excited to see if Ronald Jones can do some of the things with Tampa Bay that David Johnson did in the offensive scheme Arians oversaw during his tenure with the Cardinals, Scott Smith of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official site reports.It's hard to make a serious comparison between the two players, given that Johnson holds a clear advantage in nearly every aspect besides straight-line speed. To be fair, Jones didn't have much chance to succeed as a rookie second-round pick in 2018, seeing just 23 carries and nine targets in nine games behind a bad offensive line. While he still offers some promise as a big-play threat, the USC product hasn't displayed much aptitude in the passing game, which is a serious obstacle to earning playing time. Arians is hoping Jones can take advantage of a full, healthy offseason to develop some of those skills. Regardless of what happens with the Tampa Bay backfield this offseason, the 21-year-old Jones will enter training camp with a lot to prove.

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    Buccaneers' Ronald Jones II: Out of game plan in finale

    Ronald Jones played only one offensive snap Sunday in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 34-32 loss to the Falcons.For the final quarter of his rookie season, Jones earned only one touch on offense while being mostly relegated to a special-teams role. It amounts to a disappointing conclusion for Jones, who was expected to vie for the starting role when he was selected with a second-round pick back in April. Instead, Peyton Barber served as the top ballcarrier throughout the season while Jacquizz Rodgers handled much of the passing-down work, even though neither player was particularly efficient with his opportunities. The Buccaneers' overhaul of their coaching staff this offseason should give Jones a clean slate, but the 21-year-old will still need to impress in spring workouts, training camp and the preseason to secure a meaningful role heading into 2019.

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    Buccaneers' Ronald Jones II: Non-factor in second straight game

    Ronald Jones brought in one of two targets for minus-2 yards in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 20-12 loss to the Ravens on Sunday.Just another forgettable game for the rookie, who's seen his first year in the NFL become a total washout. Jones' sole touch Sunday was his only one of the past two games, and he logged a meager four snaps from scrimmage for the second straight week. With his primary usage coming on coverage units, Jones has next to no fantasy value in any format.

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    Buccaneers' Ronald Jones II: No touches in Week 14 loss

    Ronald Jones saw only four snaps on offense in Sunday's 28-14 loss to the Saints but didn't log any touches.The rookie's complete lack of involvement on offense speaks to his spot in the current pecking order. He does continue to put in time on return units, as he logged a total of 14 plays in that capacity Sunday. Given that veteran Jacquizz Rodgers has been a much more productive complementary option to starter Peyton Barber, Jones' fantasy outlook remains bleak.

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    Buccaneers' Ronald Jones II: Lackluster in return

    Ronald Jones rushed four times for two yards in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 24-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.Making his return after a four-game absence, Jones essentially picked up where he'd left off, not a positive by any means in his case. The rookie's production was as middling as it was prior to his injury, and he's yet to top 3.0 yards per carry in any of the five regular-season games he's suited up for. Jones appears destined to remain firmly behind Peyton Barber in the backfield pecking order for the last four games of the regular season.

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    Buccaneers' Ronald Jones II: Should be active this week

    Coach Dirk Koetter said Ronald Jones will play in Sunday's game against the Panthers, Scott Smith of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' official site reports.Previously bothered by a hamstring injury, Jones was essentially a healthy scratch for last week's 27-9 win over San Francisco, as he landed on the inactive list despite logging full participation in every practice. It's unclear if the rookie's upcoming active status is related to Peyton Barber's ankle issue, but there hasn't been any indication Barber is in danger of actually missing the game. While it would be unwise to count on Jones for any significant level of involvement this week, the Buccaneers have clear incentive to get their second-round pick some touches during the final month of a lost season.