In his first NFL action, Ronald Jones found paydirt and got his first taste of success in the NFL. His nine yards on eight carries didn’t raise any eyebrows, but he was given reps with the second team and looks poised to get regular touches immediately.
While Peyton Barber currently has put a stranglehold on the starting running back role, a big preseason could push Jones into the conversation sooner than most expected.
His run at becoming a key contributor on the ground could start against the Titans. He received plenty of chances to make plays on the ground and as a receiver last week. Although it didn’t net the results Jones may have wanted, he may be able to shake off rookie nerves this time around.
With Jones’ big-play ability, it will only take a small hole for him to take off past the Tennessee defense. Perhaps one big run could propel him into a strong rookie campaign.
Keep an eye on the rookie as he tries to find his footing in Dirk Koetter’s offense.