Ronald Jones ready to put disappointing season in past
The rookie period of Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones was a experience.
“Last year, it was certainly disappointing for me personally for myself and by a team standpoint,” Jones said during minicamp, via the Tampa Bay Times. “Certainly, for me, it’s all about getting on the right path. We’ve got a new system, a new team, we’re attempting to make our mark in here.”
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When given a chance Jones, A second-round choice fought to get on the field and did not impress. The running back was a healthy scratch for the first 3 weeks of this season. He managed a issue later in this season. In all, when he caught the ball, Jones engaged in nine games and was not remarkable. The 21-year-old compiled 23 carries for just 44 yards, a gruesome 1.9 yards per bag, with one TD. The back also struggled as a pass-catcher, hauling in seven balls for 33 yards.
Jones has a fresh start in a new crime under Bruce Arians all year after compiling only 77 scrimmage yards. Running backs coach Todd McNair stated Jones looks like a different player than the person who struggled last season.
“He was drafted where he was drafted for a motive,” McNair said. “He’s got a wealth of talent. Our purpose is to take the tension take the expectations off him. Let only focus and make this thing little. And it is apparently paying off. He is working hard, and he’s going to continue working hard.”
The Bucs did little to update their running backs room this year leaving Peyton Barber and Jones as the projected top runners. Jones should find every opportunity early in the season to prove he’s put a disappointing rookie season in the past and is ready to proceed forward.
“The offense is a lot more free,” Jones said. “I think we are in a position to play inside ourselves and be ourselves. I like it a lot. It’s fun. I believe for me, I am beginning to place of the verbiage and everything together, although they are all fantastic coaches.
“I’m definitely ready and I can’t wait to get the most of these chances, but I have only got to show them I could be a player that is reputable and they can rely on me in crucial scenarios.”