Ronald Jones
Ronald Jones
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Free of the tyranny of Dirk Koetter's whims, Jones put together a solid second season that both highlighted his upside and made clear his limitations. Jones wasn't officially named the starter by new coach Bruce Arians until Week 10 last season, but he was productive when he got the touches, showing improved ability as a receiver and using his speed, burst and elusiveness to make defenses pay if they didn't wrap him up quickly. His broken tackle rate - one every 7.5 carries - ranked fifth among qualified rushers, and his 2.4 after-contact average was 13th. His blocking remained poor, however, and he was often replaced by Dare Ogunbowale on passing downs, a serious issue in an offense where it seemed like every down was a passing down. Jones likely remains atop the depth chart for the start of training camp, but rookie third-round pick Ke'Shawn Vaughn could quickly prove himself an upgrade on former backfield mate Peyton Barber (now in Washington), and the Bucs also added 32-year-old LeSean McCoy. With Tom Brady under center and the defense making strides late last season, the Bucs should have a better run/pass balance, rather than reprising 2019's pass-heavy, high-risk approach. Increased volume could allow Jones to push for his first 1,000-yard season, but he'll first need to fend off competition from Vaughn and McCoy. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $7.07 million contract with the Buccaneers in June of 2018.
Getting receiving tips from Brady
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
August 10, 2020
Jones, who entered training camp primed for the lead role in the Buccaneers' remade backfield, has been getting early advice from Tom Brady on pass-catching technique out of the backfield, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Given Brady's extensive track record of success throwing to his backs, Jones is undoubtedly aware of how important it will be for him to take the next step as a receiver this season. To that end, the third-year back has already been absorbing knowledge from Brady, who Jones says has advised him to run his routes low to the ground and "run my routes like I've already got the ball." The USC product is looking to elevate his game another notch as a runner as well after rushing for 724 yards and six touchdowns at 4.2 yards per carry last season, and Laine reports Jones has bulked up to 225 pounds in his quest for more power. Meanwhile, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports Jones has also focused on upping his knowledge of what defenses like to do in certain scenarios, and that he's honed in on learning his blocking assignments better after being pulled out of a game last season for whiffing in pass protection.
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How do Ronald Jones' 2019 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
19.8%
 
Positive Run %
76.7%
 
% Yds After Contact
74.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.1
 
Rushing TD %
3.5%
 
Touches Per Game
12.7
 
% Snaps w/Touch
48.1%
 
Air Yards Per Game
1.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.06
 
% Team Air Yards
0.4%
 
% Team Targets
6.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.6 Yds
 
Catch Rate
75.6%
 
Drop Rate
2.4%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
9.8
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Ronald Jones' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
225 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.65 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.5 in
 
Hand Length
8.75 in
 
Arm Length
31.13 in
 
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2020 Football Draft Kit: Breakout Players
2 days ago
Jerry Donabedian analyzes the top breakout candidates for 2020, including Kenyan Drake, who offers the potential for early-first-round production at a late-first ADP.
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3 days ago
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5 days ago
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Training Camp Notes: August 5
7 days ago
Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians seemingly offered a vote of confidence for running back Ronald Jones on Wednesday, making the third-year runner the team's backfield favorite.
NFL: Interpreting Best Ball Data
7 days ago
Chris Liss looks at the Fanball/NFFC Best Ball data from 2018-2019. Unsurprisingly, Christian McCaffrey was the biggest impact player both years.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
A second-round pick out of USC, Jones didn't get on the field until Week 4 of his rookie season and didn't get a carry after Week 13, as coach Dirk Koetter kept using Peyton Barber as his lead back even after a playoff spot was out of reach. Jones' final numbers were abysmal - not surprising given his inconsistent workload - but new coach Bruce Arians' offense might be just what he needs to unlock his potential, especially after the team gave him a vote of confidence by not adding competition in the draft. Jones showed tremendous speed, acceleration and elusiveness in college, and in a more dynamic scheme and playing for a coach willing to give him a chance, he could be headed for a breakout campaign. On the other hand, Arians likely plans to install a pass-first offense, and neither Jones nor Barber has shown much potential as a receiving weapon. It's anyone's guess how the snaps ultimately are divided in this backfield, with Andre Ellington potentially also in the mix.
The Buccaneers finally gave up on the idea that Doug Martin would be a consistent backfield weapon for them last year, and the front office wasted no time in finding his replacement, selecting Jones with the 38th overall pick in this year's draft. At 5-11, 205, Jones displayed breakaway speed throughout his college career at USC and likely would've done much better than his 4.65 40 time from the combine if he hadn't strained his hamstring while running (he improved to 4.48 at his pro day). Jones has a fluid, upright running style and doesn't take long to hit his top speed, displaying elusiveness in the open field and the ability to change directions on a dime. He wasn't used much as a receiver by the Trojans, but he's shown some natural ability in that area as well. Tampa has plenty of veteran options on the depth chart behind him, and concerns about his size could limit his touches out of the gate, but Jones figures to get every chance to prove he can be a difference-maker in the backfield.
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Primed for lead role
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
August 5, 2020
Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that Jones will be the "main guy" in the Tampa Bay backfield, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
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Looking good for lead job
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
July 23, 2020
Jones likely will enter Week 1 as a starter, according to ESPN.com's Jenna Laine.
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Working diligently on receiving
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
May 13, 2020
Jones is up to 225 pounds and has been working diligently with trainer Luke Neal on his pass catching this offseason, Luke Easterling of SI.com reports.
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Gets competition in draft
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
April 24, 2020
Jones will have competition for carries in the form of rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn, whom the Buccaneers selected in the third round (76th overall pick) Friday night.
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Talked up by team brass
RBTampa Bay Buccaneers
April 10, 2020
Both GM Jason Licht and head coach Bruce Arians remain high on Jones' upside, although that won't preclude them from focusing on the running back position in the upcoming draft, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.
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