Bruce Arians reveals Bucs’ starting RB for 2020 NFL season
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have generated plenty of hype heading into the 2020 NFL season with their firepower on offense. It appears head coach Bruce Arians already has an idea of how the pecking order will shake out in the backfield.
The Bucs managed to form a potentially lethal 1-2 punch between running backs Ronald Jones and LeSean McCoy. According to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Arians revealed that Jones will serve as the primary option while McCoy takes on a complementary role:
“Rojo’s the main guy. He’ll carry the load.” Arians added that LeSean McCoy should contribute in the passing game.
Fantasy football owners may want to take note of Arians’ declaration when the time comes to compose their draft strategy. Of course, it remains to be seen just how many touches there are to go around in this star-studded Buccaneers’ offense.
Jones was able to follow up a rough rookie season by finishing the 2019 campaign with 172 carries for 724 yards and six touchdowns while tacking on 31 receptions for 309 yards. Now that he has managed to show off his potential as a former second-round pick, it seems Arians is confident that he can take over workhorse duties on early downs.
Although McCoy may be in the final stretch of his career, he is still more than capable of making plays with his versatility out of the backfield. He could emerge as a quality safety net for quarterback Tom Brady on check-downs in the passing game.