Buccaneers: Ronald Jones finally emerges in week 17 vs. ATL

Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images) /
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Ronald Jones II finally had his game, breaking the century mark in week 17 of his second season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In this last week leading up to game 16, I  wrote an article about Robert Jones, and how important it was for him, and the running game as a whole to have a good game to have a head start going into 2020 for the Buccaneers. The fact that Jones nor Barber had not broken 100 yards rushing in any game was an indictment in my opinion on the coaching staff.

There just is no excuse for it. I know we are a passing team, but you must be able to run the football as well in the National Football League to make it to a Super Bowl. We have two capable backs, In one of those two we have a beast waiting to happen. That is of course Ronald Jones II. I have seen in him since the pre-season something very special. He’s the type of runner that gets better as he goes. If he has two runs in a row that get stuffed. Give it to him again, and again. Don’t sit him down in favor of Barber.

This kid needs to get as many carries as Byron Leftwich can possibly give him. Remember this season was more like his rookie campaign seeing as the last coaching staff didn’t even know he existed last season. He’s still learning, still growing into the player he will end up being. The more they play Jones, the better he will be, and the more weight he can take off of Jameis Winston’s shoulders.