Terrell Davis expecting big things from Bucs RB Ronald Jones in 2019
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones is coming off a disappointing 2018 NFL season. Regardless, it seems Hall of Famer Terrell Davis still has high expectations for him coming into the 2019 NFL season.
Jones was unable to find his footing as a rookie with the Bucs last year. Davis feels he will have a chance at a possible resurgence under the new regime in Tampa Bay, via NFL.com:
Jones’ rookie campaign was a disappointing one, as he was a healthy scratch for the first three games of last season and then was sidelined with a hamstring injury later on. Thankfully, it’s a new season. Bucs running backs coach Todd McNair said during minicamp earlier this month that Jones looks more like the player the Bucs took in the second round than the one on the field last fall. This is an encouraging report heading into next month’s training camp. He’s talented, explosive and is going to get his opportunities to win the starting job over Peyton Barber. If he performs to his ability, Jones could lock up the RB1 gig before too long. Jones and the ground game should also benefit from Jameis Winston’s development under first-year Bucs head coach Bruce Arians. And let’s not forget what David Johnson did under Arians’ direction as well.
It is no secret that the Bucs have ushered in some significant changes to their roster and coaching staff this offseason. Regardless, they will be relying on a few familiar faces to help lead the turnaround in Tampa Bay. It appears Davis is confident that Jones will be among the notable players to emerge as a weapon in the backfield.
The Bucs took Jones in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft, which is still considered to be somewhat early for a running back. As a result, he was expected to make an immediate impact in Tampa Bay’s backfield last season.
Unfortunately, he fell vastly short of expectations after finishing the year with a mere 23 carries for 44 yards and one rushing touchdown.
Fortunately, Davis seems to be confident that Jones’ skill set could make him a seamless fit in head coach Bruce Arians’ offense.
The second-year back is hoping to replicate the kind of success running back David Johnson enjoyed under Arians with the Arizona Cardinals.