Second-year Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones is ready to put his disappointing rookie season behind him and get back on the “right track” according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Tampa Bay Times.
It would not be a stretch to label Jones’ 2018 season a disaster.
Taken with the No.38-overall pick out of USC, Jones showed virtually none of the talent that led the Bucs to reach for him in the second round.
He gained only 77 yards on 30 touches in nine games while struggling with injuries and took a back seat to journeyman backs Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers.
New year, new coaching staff, and seemingly new Jones. The 21-year-old has earned nothing but praise from Bruce Arians and his assistants and seems confident he can turn his NFL career around. “I’m definitely ready and I can’t wait to get the most of those opportunities,” Jones said, “but I’ve just got to showing them that I can be a dependable player and they can count on me in critical situations.”
The Bucs showed their faith in Jones’ potential by doing nothing at running back in either free agency or the draft aside from signing pass-catcher Andre Ellington, who was out of the league in 2018.
He and Barber currently sit atop the depth chart and, while nothing can be taken for granted given his dismal start, it appears that Jones is well on his way to earning the starting job in 2019.