Coach Bruce Arians remarked that he viewed both Jones and backfield mate Leonard Fournette as No. 1 backs during mandatory minicamp, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. "It's a hell of a group," said Arians. "Both those guys are starters in my mind. Whoever goes out first doesn't really matter to me. But that will be determined in camp."
Jones opened the 2020 season as the clear-cut top back with Fournette having just joined the team prior to Week 1, and he earned the right to hold onto that designation for most of the 14 regular-season games for which he was healthy. Jones compiled 978 rushing yards and seven touchdowns (5.1 YPC) while adding a 28-165-1 line through the air. However, an ill-timed quad contusion sustained in pregame warmups before a wild-card game against Washington altered the postseason fortunes of both Jones and Fournette, as the latter thrived with the lead-back job in that game and held it throughout the Super Bowl. Nevertheless, Jones' body of work over the last two campaigns following an abysmal rookie season certainly hasn't been forgotten, and it therefore appears both players could be headed for a dreaded timeshare scenario in 2021 as long they're healthy and replicating last year's production.
Jones will share backfield duties again with Leonard Fournette in 2021 after the latter re-signed with the Buccaneers on a one-year deal on March 26, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Jones logged a team-high 192 carries in 2020, with Fournette a distant second with 97 attempts while appearing in just one fewer game. However, the latter took off in the postseason, beginning with a wild-card win over Washington that Jones missed after suffering a quadriceps pull in pregame warmups. Given Fournette's productivity at the most critical time of year and his superior pass-catching skills, Jones could find himself in a much closer timeshare arrangement in the coming campaign.
Jones will undergo surgery to have a pin removed from his left pinky finger Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Jones had surgery to address a broken finger back in mid-December, and he'll now undergo another procedure to fully address the issue. After returning from his initial surgery, he was able to play through his finger injury, though he did subsequently miss time due to COVID-19 protocols and a quad contusion, ultimately playing second fiddle to Leonard Fournette during Tampa Bay's playoff run. Jones should remain on track for the tentative start of offseason workouts, and with Fournette on track to become an unrestricted free agent in March, Ke'Shawn Vaughn could end up being his primary competition for the No. 1 backfield spot.
Jones rushed 12 times for 61 yards and failed to bring in his only target during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday.
As was the case through the Buccaneers' divisional-round and conference-championship wins, Jones played a complementary role to Leonard Fournette, although he did trail his teammate in carries by only four. The third-year back may have never ceded the lead-back role to Fournette had he not been felled by a quadriceps contusion during warmups before a wild-card game against Washington, but Jones still averaged 4.0 yards per carry over the three postseason games he played in. Moreover, Jones just narrowly missed his first 1,000-yard season by 22 yards despite missing two games, and he also set a new career high with seven rushing touchdowns. With Fournette set for unrestricted free agency in March, Jones may find himself battling Ke'Shawn Vaughn for the starting running back job next season.
Jones rushed 10 times for 16 yards and did not receive a target during the Buccaneers' 31-26 win over the Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
Jones once again played second fiddle to Leonard Fournette, who logged a total of 17 touches. He also averaged three yards less per carry than Fournette's 4.6, and Jones' complete lack of a role in the passing game seems to further cement the fact the two backs have swapped places on the depth chart ahead of a Super Bowl LV matchup versus either the Bills or Chiefs on Sunday, Feb. 7.
Jones (quad/finger) was a full practice participant Friday and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Green Bay, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
After a setback with his quad injury kept him on the sideline for the wild-card round, Jones reentered the mix for last week's 30-20 win over New Orleans, taking 13 carries for 62 yards on 29 percent snap share. Leonard Fournette had 17 carries and five catches on 68 percent of snaps, but he mostly worked behind Jones when both were healthy during the regular season.
Jones (quad/finger) was limited at practice Thursday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Jones picked up a few bumps and bruises near the end of the regular season and prior to Tampa Bay's playoff opener at Washington. While he only played 29 percent of the offensive snaps during the divisional-round win in New Orleans, he churned out a healthy 62 yards on 13 rushes (4.8 YPC). In the same game, Leonard Fournette led the Bucs backfield, turning 22 touches into 107 yards from scrimmage and one TD. Assuming Jones is able to suit up again Sunday at Green Bay, he seems poised to play second fiddle to Fournette yet again.
The Buccaneers listed Jones as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report with finger and calf injuries.
Jones was nursing a quadriceps injury heading into last weekend's divisional-round game in New Orleans, but he ultimately suited up and rushed 13 times for 62 yards in the Buccaneers' win. Though he's now contending with new injuries coming out of that contest, the running back may just have been limited in practice for maintenance purposes ahead of Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Packers.
Jones (quadriceps) rushed 13 times for 62 yards and failed to bring in his only target during the Buccaneers' 30-20 divisional-round win over the Saints on Sunday.
Eight days after having to sit out the wild-card win against Washington due to a quadriceps contusion suffered in pregame warmups, Jones was back on the field and filling a robust role in the ground attack. However, he worked in tandem with Leonard Fournette, who served as the true lead back with 17 carries and another five touches in the passing game. Nevertheless, Jones was actually the more efficient of the two with 4.8 yards per rush, and given the extreme cold expected at Lambeau Field for next Sunday's NFC Championship Game, the duo could be quite busy once again versus a Packers defense that's been vulnerable to the run.
Jones (quadriceps) is listed as active for Sunday's divisional-round game against New Orleans.
Despite being inactive in the wild-card round at Washington, Jones didn't play after tweaking his quadriceps in pregame warmups. He proceeded to log limited sessions Thursday and Friday, setting himself up to return to the field this weekend. It remains to be seen how the backfield reps will be allotted between Jones, Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy with Ke'Shawn Vaughn a healthy scratch.
Jones (quadriceps), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round game in New Orleans, is being treated as a game-day decision, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Jones was active for last weekend's win over Washington in the wild-card round, but he didn't play any snaps in the contest after tweaking his quad in pregame warmups. Expect reporters on the scene in New Orleans to keep a closer eye on Jones during warmups ahead of Sunday's 6:40 p.m. ET kickoff to get a better sense of his availability, but at this stage, Rapoport relays that the running back has a "good shot" to play. Though listed as questionable, Jones seemingly improved his odds of gaining clearance by taking part in a walk-through session Saturday. He'll go through another workout Sunday before the Buccaneers likely decide on his status, with an update on Jones expected to arrive no later than 5:10 p.m. ET, when the team releases its inactive list.
Jones (quad/finger) is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against New Orleans after logging limited practices Thursday and Friday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Coach Bruce Arians previously noted that Jones will be a game-time decision for the contest, while relaying Friday that regardless of whether Jones ends up playing Sunday, Leonard Fournette -- who turned in a strong performance in the team's wild-card win over Washington this past Saturday -- will get the start at running back. That said, Arians added that if Jones is "full-speed" by game-time, he'd get "his normal reps."
Coach Bruce Arians noted Friday that Jones (quad) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game at New Orleans, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
With that in mind, Jones seems like to be officially listed as questionable for the contest. Either way, however, Leonard Fournette will be the Buccaneers' starting running back Sunday following his strong performance in the team's wild-card win over Washington this past Saturday.
Jones (quad/finger) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Given what happened last week -- when he was active but didn't play any snaps -- fantasy managers will feel a whole lot better if Jones is able to upgrade to full participation Friday. Barring that development, he appears to be headed for a 'questionable' designation ahead of the Bucs' playoff matchup with New Orleans on Sunday. The team has Leonard Fournette on hand to fill in as the lead runner against a stout New Orleans run defense if Jones is limited or out this weekend.
Jones (quadriceps) is practicing Thursday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Between thumb surgery, a stint on the COVID-19 list and now a quad injury, Jones has played in just one game since Week 14. He was technically active for the wild-card win over Washington, but the Bucs decided he wasn't healthy enough to actually play. After missing practice Wednesday, the running back returned to the field Thursday morning, hoping to prove his health before Sunday's game in New Orleans. If Jones can't go, Leonard Fournette will step up to the lead role again.
Jones (quadriceps) didn't practice Wednesday.
Jones was active ahead of last week's wild-card win over Washington, but he didn't take any snaps after suffering an apparent setback in pregame warmups. Though he'll have two more chances to resume practicing before the Buccaneers rule on his status for Sunday's divisional-round game at New Orleans, Jones' workload could be difficult to predict unless head coach Bruce Arians offers clarity on his plans for the 23-year-old. While Jones was on the sideline lat week, Leonard Fournette performed admirably, running 19 times for 93 yards in the win.
Jones (quadriceps) didn't participate in the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Though he was active for Tampa Bay's win over Washington in the wild-card round, Jones didn't actually take any snaps in the game. His absence Wednesday isn't a great sign, but he still has two more chances to get on the practice field before the end of the week. If Jones is out or limited again, Leonard Fournette would be a clear favorite to lead the Tampa backfield Sunday in New Orleans.
Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that the availability of Jones (quadriceps) is "a wait-and-see situation," Sara Walsh of NFL Network reports.
Arians said that Jones felt healthier last Thursday and Friday, but a setback related to soreness Saturday caused him to miss the Buccaneers' wild-card win over Washington, despite being active, per James Palmer of NFL Network. Leonard Fournette operated as Tampa Bay's clear top back versus the Football Team with Jones sidelined, while Ke'Shawn Vaughn handled change-of-pace duties.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network indicates that a quad issue Jones practiced through this past week flared up before Saturday's playoff win over Washington.
Per the report, Jones' quad contusion "swelled on him" and the running back had difficulty getting loose as game-time approached. Jones' status is therefore worth monitoring as the Bucs prepare for their next postseason contest. With Jones not recording any snaps Saturday, Leonard Fournette led the team's rushing attack, while Ke'Shawn Vaughn worked in a reserve/change-of-pace role.
Jones suffered a quad injury during pregame warmups ahead of Saturday's wild-card matchup against Washington, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Jones never did take the field for Saturday's wild-card game. Leonard Fournette figures to command the starter's workload while rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn rotates in as a change-of-pace back.
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