Player Outlook
A fresh start in a potent Kansas City offense might sound good, but Jones faces an uphill battle to regain Fantasy relevance. Jones is hampered by an unclear path to consistent playing time -- Clyde Edwards-Helaire will be stiff competition for touches this preseason, and the Chiefs have other runners (and aren't afraid to add more) in case Jones falters. There's plenty of evidence that Jones is not compatible to play on passing downs, and the Chiefs like to pass a lot (Patrick Mahomes, duh). It limits RoJo to being a part-time back who wouldn't sniff his upside unless he somehow commandeered every-down work. That seems unlikely. Running back-hungry drafters might choose Jones as soon as Round 8, but you're probably better off not even taking that much risk on him. Only a strong preseason (or an Edwards-Helaire injury) would change his outlook.

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2021 428 4.24 4 2 10 64 684.3
2020 978 5.09 7 2 28 165 1 15711.2
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Fantasy News

  • Chiefs' Ronald Jones: On the roster bubble?

    Jones may be on the roster bubble, according to Nate Taylor of The Athletic. Rather than challenging Clyde Edwards-Helaire for the starting job, Jones reportedly has slipped down the depth chart and now left to compete with Isiah Pacheco, Jerick McKinnon and Derrick Gore for backup roles. Pacheco and McKinnon both took snaps on the first series of Saturday's preseason opener when Patrick Mahomes and other starters were on the field, while Jones didn't play until the third drive and finished with only one yard on four carries. It's not a good sign, but Jones still has practice and two more preseason games to make an impression, and the Chiefs could end up carrying four running backs. Taylor's estimate for The Athletic has the team keeping only Edwards-Helaire, Pacheco and McKinnon.
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  • Chiefs' Ronald Jones: Ineffective in preseason debut

    Jones carried the ball four times for just one yard in Saturday's preseason opener against the Bears. Jones has been working as the team's No. 2 running back in camp, and it played out that way against the Bears. Jones' first carry didn't come until the team's third series, and he wasn't able to do much with his limited touches.
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  • Chiefs' Ronald Jones: Mostly working as No. 2 back

    Jones has been the No. 2 running back for much of training camp, ESPN's Adam Teicher reports. While Jerick McKinnon and Isiah Pacheco also have seen some first-team snaps, it sounds like Jones is usually the next guy up behind returning starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Kansas City is giving CEH another shot as the starter by all accounts, but the 2020 first-round pick is on a shorter leash after opening his career with a pair of mediocre and injury-marred seasons. While subpar receiving skills might limit Jones to a committee role in Kansas City's pass-first offense even in a best-case scenario, he could end up as the lead rusher if Edwards-Helaire struggles and/or misses time again.
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  • Chiefs' Ronald Jones: Signing with Chiefs

    Jones (ankle) will sign a one-year contract with the Chiefs, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports. After a career-best 978 rushing yards in 2020, Jones fell behind Leonard Fournette in the rotation last season, finishing the campaign with only 101 carries for 428 yards and four touchdowns. He's landed in a pretty favorable spot, joining a running back room that's proven to be underwhelming so far. Jones should have an opportunity to compete for reps alongside Clyde Edwards-Helaire, especially with Darrel Williams on the free-agent market.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Ruled out against Rams

    Jones (ankle) won't play in Sunday's game against the Rams, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Jones will miss a second consecutive playoff game. Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is still on IR, and the Buccaneers have until 4 p.m. EST on Saturday to activate him. Fournette will likely lead the Buccaneers' backfield if available. Otherwise, Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Giovani Bernard (hip/knee) will split the workload in the divisional round, just as they did with both Jones and Fournette sidelined in the wild-card round win over the Eagles. If the Buccaneers advance to the NFC Championship, Jones would have an opportunity to make his return next week.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Unlikely to play

    Jones (ankle) missed another practice Friday and thus appears unlikely to play this Sunday against the Rams, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. While Jones will almost certainly miss at least one more game, Bucs coach Bruce Arians said Friday that Leonard Fournette (IR/hamstring) has looked good in practice this week, avoiding setbacks as he hopes to play for the first time since Week 15. If both Jones and Fournette are out again, the Bucs likely would repeat their plan from the wild-card round, deploying Ke'Shawn Vaughn as the lead runner and Giovani Bernard as the passing-down back.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Another absence at practice

    Jones (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. There were positive signs from Jones earlier Thursday, when he was seen running at the back of the practice field, per Laine. However, Jones hasn't been able to cut on his ankle sprain since injuring himself Week 17 at the Jets. With just one more session to mix into drills this week, he may be trending toward a third absence in a row Sunday against the Rams. If the preceding comes to pass, the Bucs again may have to lean on Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Giovani Bernard (hip/knee) at running back because Leonard Fournette (hamstring) remains on injured reserve.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Still not practicing

    Jones (ankle) didn't take part in Wednesday's practice. Jones has yet to step on the practice field since injuring his ankle in the Week 17 win over the Jets. As for the rest of the Buccaneers backfield, Leonard Fournette (hamstring) remains on injured reserve, and Giovani Bernard (hip/knee) was a limited participant Wednesday, leaving Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Le'Veon Bell and practice squad member Kenjon Barner as the healthy options at the position. Until Jones joins his teammates in some drills, he doesn't seem like a candidate to be available for Sunday's divisional-round matchup with the Rams.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Ruled out for wild-card game

    Jones (ankle) won't play in Sunday's wild-card game against the Eagles, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Jones wasn't able to practice all week before head coach Bruce Arians ruled him out Friday for the postseason opener. With Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Giovani Bernard (hip/knee) both hoping to come back from injured reserve this weekend -- and both shaping up as potential game-time decisions -- it's hard to discern what the Tampa Bay backfield will look like for the wild-card round. Last week, with both Jones and Fournette out, Ke'Shawn Vaughn took 12 touches for 41 yards and a touchdown, with Le'Veon Bell adding four touches for 15 yards and a score of his own in the Buccaneers' 41-17 win over Carolina. Vaughn took 45 percent of the offensive snaps in the contest, with Bell at 38 percent and Kenjon Barner taking 15 percent.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Appears absent again

    Jones (ankle) wasn't spotted on the field during the portion of Friday's practice that was open to the media, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Jones hasn't practiced since suffering an ankle injury Week 17. Meanwhile, Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Giovani Bernard (hip) remain on injured reserve but have both resumed practicing this week, though at this stage it's unclear if either tailback will be activated ahead of Saturday's deadline for roster moves. In any case, Jones seems unlikely to be available for Sunday's wild-card game against the Eagles, leaving Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell to handle the backfield work should Fournette and Bernard remain sidelined.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Still not practicing

    Jones (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Jones has yet to take the field since injuring his ankle during a Week 17 win at the Jets. Elsewhere in the backfield, the Bucs are preparing both Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Giovani Bernard (hip) for a return from injured reserve, but it remains to be seen if either will be activated by Saturday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline. Assuming one or both are back on the active roster Sunday against the Eagles, he (or they) will join Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell at running back while Jones likely looks on from the sideline.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Not looking good for Sunday

    Head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that he considers Jones (ankle) doubtful for Sunday's wild-card game against the Eagles, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Even in the unlikely event he manages to play, Jones might not have much of a role with both Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Giovani Bernard (knee/hip) designated to return from injured reserve earlier Wednesday. The Bucs also have Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell as backfield options in case Fournette and Bernard don't show enough progress in practice to gain clearance for the postseason opener.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Ruled out Week 18

    Jones (ankle) was ruled out Friday for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Jones had a big opportunity with Leonard Fournette (hamstring) on IR for the final three weeks of the regular season, but RoJo was mediocre in his first start (81 yards on 22 touches) and then injured his ankle in the second. The Bucs now have Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell as their top backs for Week 18, with Darwin Thompson and Kenjon Barner potential call-ups from the practice squad, while passing-down specialist Giovani Bernard (IR/hip) doesn't appear likely to be ready. Bruce Arians expects Fournette back for the first round of the playoffs, but the Bucs coach admitted Friday that he's less sure about Jones, who isn't yet able to cut on his sprained ankle, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Not seen at practice

    Jones (ankle) wasn't present for Thursday's practice and is set to be listed as a non-participant on Tampa Bay's official report, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Considering head coach Bruce Arians noted Wednesday that Jones is sporting a walking boot on his injured ankle, the running back's absence from his second straight practice comes as little surprise. Barring a dramatic step forward at the Bucs' final Week 18 practice Friday, Jones won't be ready to go for Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Panthers. Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is ineligible until the playoffs and Giovani Bernard (calf) is also on injured reserve and isn't expected to be available this weekend, potentially leaving Tampa Bay with Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell as its top backfield options.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Stuck in walking boot, no practice

    Head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that Jones (ankle) is using a walking boot and won't try to run until later this week, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Jones isn't practicing Wednesday, and based on Arians' comments, the running back doesn't seem especially likely to make it back on the field Thursday or Friday. Meanwhile, Ke'Shawn Vaughn's rib injury is said to be minor, potentially making him the lead back for Sunday's game against Carolina. The Bucs also have Le'Veon Bell, and possibly Giovani Bernard (knee), as options at running back for Week 18. Looking further ahead, the Bucs reportedly are optimistic Leonard Fournette (hamstring) will be back from injured reserve for the opening round of the playoffs, per Dianna Russini of ESPN.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Not spotted Wednesday

    Jones (ankle) isn't participating in the early portion of Wednesday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. The Buccaneers have yet to disclose the results of the recent MRI that Jones underwent after he suffered the ankle injury in the team's Week 17 win over the Jets. Meanwhile, Ke'Shawn Vaughn (ribs) was spotted on the practice field Wednesday, but veteran Le'Veon Bell may be the only fully healthy running back currently on Tampa Bay's roster.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Awaiting MRI results

    Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that the team is waiting on results from Jones' MRI to determine the extent of his ankle injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Jones sustained his ankle injury in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Jets and was unable to return to the field. If Jones can't play in Sunday's Week 18 matchup against Carolina, Ke'Shawn Vaughn (ribs) and Le'Veon Bell could see additional work.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Picks up ankle injury

    Jones exited Sunday's game against the Jets with an ankle injury, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. Jones had 10 carries for 26 yards and caught his lone target for one yard before suffering the injury during the third quarter. Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell should split the backfield work for the Bucs while Jones is sidelined.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Gets longer runway as starter

    Jones is expected to serve as Tampa Bay's starting running back for the final three games of the regular season after the Buccaneers placed Leonard Fournette (hamstring) on injured reserve Thursday, Zach Kruse of USA Today reports. Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Le'Veon Bell and practice-squad member Kenjon Barner could also push for reps down the stretch, particularly on passing downs, but Jones should be locked in as Tampa Bay's lead option on the ground sans Fournette. Though ball-security issues and mental mistakes have been consistent themes in Jones' career, the 24-year-old has been a productive ball carrier, averaging 4.5 yards per tote over 458 rushing attempts. He'll likely continue to pick up solid chunks of yardage while running behind three Pro Bowl linemen, and Tom Brady's proclivity for checking down to running backs could allow Jones to collect at least a few targets per game even if he's subbed out on more obvious passing downs.
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  • Buccaneers' Ronald Jones: Slated to serve as No. 1 back

    Jones is in line to serve as the Buccaneers' starting running back since Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is expected to miss time, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Jones took over for the injured Fournette in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Saints and rushed eight times for 63 yards while securing both of his targets for eight yards. Although the 24-year-old had seen minimal work across the last few weeks, he's now in line to serve as the team's top running back, while Ke'Shawn Vaughn will likely be available in a complementary role.
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