Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians says Ronald Jones’ confidence ‘should be sky-high right now’
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones has been openly optimistic about a potential resurgence in the 2019 NFL season. Head coach Bruce Arians indicated that he is well on his way.
According to Scott Smith of the team’s official website, Arians shared high praise for Jones’ performance throughout training camp:
“His confidence should be sky-high right now, as good of a camp as he’s had.”
It is encouraging to see that Jones has made quite the impression on his new coach. Arians’ comments indicate that the former second-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft has finally started to find his footing.
Jones is coming off a disappointing rookie campaign in which he finished with 23 carries for 44 yards and one rushing touchdown. It is safe to say that he fell vastly short of the expectations that come with where he was drafted. Fortunately, he appears to be flourishing amidst all the new changes that were made this offseason.
The Bucs currently have running back Peyton Barber listed as the starter in their first unofficial depth chart. Of course, this could be subject to change if Jones continues to earn high praise from Arians. At the very least, Tampa Bay could be looking to establish a promising 1-3 punch in their backfield moving forward.
Although the prospect of splitting touches may not be what Jones has in mind, it is certainly a step up from the nonexistent role he played last season. He still has the preseason to compete for the No. 1 spot before an official depth chart is made in the weeks to come.