Ronald Jones has a lot on the line for the 2020 season for numerous reasons. Not only does he have the opportunity to shine and gain a share of the limelight, but he also has a chance to lose his job as the starting running back.
Jones did not have the start to his NFL career that anyone expected. After a dominant college showing at USC, Jones did not become a full-time starter during his first two seasons. That looks set to change this year.
After passing on several high-profile running backs in the 2020 NFL Draft that would challenge Jones for the starting role, the Bucs drafted Ke’Shawn Vaughn to fill the void left by Peyton Barber. This likely leaves Jones as the starter for the time being.
The assumption is that RoJo is going to get a greater share of the touches next season. If he does well, the Bucs could have their first 1,000-yard rusher since Doug Martin and Jones could emerge as a clear starter for the future.
On the other hand, if Jones struggles as the starter, the Buccaneers could decide to hand the reins over to Vaughn, and Jones could see his number of touches crumble in the future.
2020 will be a defining point of Ronald Jones’ career. For better or worse, Tampa Bay will have their questions answered about their young back’s future at the end of the 2020/2021 season.