Bucs’ Ronald Jones has made ‘drastic improvements’ says Jameis Winston
The 2018 NFL season did not go quite as planned for Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones. Fortunately, quarterback Jameis Winston is impressed with what he has seen from him so far.
Jone struggled to find his footing as a rookie, which seemingly had an effect on his overall confidence. According to Greg Auman of TheAthletic.com, Winston says he looks much more focused this time around:
“I would say RoJo has been showing out,” Winston said. “His confidence, his comfort, RoJo’s a smart guy. He’s getting comfortable in this offense. No one is breathing down his neck. He’s more relaxed and executing at a high level.”
This is certainly an encouraging update regarding Jones. The Buccaneers made quite the investment when they took him in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Players drafted this early on are expected to make an immediate impact. That was the case for Jones as Tampa Bay struggled to find a dependable back to rely on in the run game.
Unfortunately, he was unable to establish himself as such after finishing the 2018 campaign with just 23 carries for 44 yards and a touchdown.
The Bucs have since ushered in some significant changes to their roster and coaching staff this offseason. This will give Jones a clean slate to work with under the new regime. Although his attempts at becoming the workhorse failed the first time around, he will have another opportunity to prove himself in 2019.
It will be interesting to see if the second-year back can follow through this time.