Buccaneers: Predicting the running back depth chart for 2021

Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Ronald Jones II, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Everyone knows who the running backs will be for the Buccaneers in 2021, but the depth chart itself will be much harder to predict.

The Buccaneers are blessed with the issue of having too many quality running backs for the 2021 season. After years of mediocrity on this side of the offensive front, a wealth of talent in the form of multiple potential starters is a welcome change of pace from years past.

With three backs that were already on the roster last season and a new addition that is a no-brainer to make the roster, everyone knows who the four running backs will be for the Bucs.

The depth chart order could change on even the most basic Bruce Arians whim, but here is a look at the most likely depth chart as it stands going into the season.


Ronald Jones

There isn’t a better pure runner on the Buccaneers right now than Ronald Jones. With the most speed, the quickest change of direction, and perhaps the best vision, RoJo has all of the requisite skills to be a quality bell cow on early downs.

The major issues in Jones’ game, catching and pass protection, could pull some reps away from the lead man if he doesn’t stay consistent, but they can’t detract enough from a back that averaged 5.1 yards per carry last season.

With Jones on the hunt for his first 1,000-yard season and the Bucs needing more time to evaluate whether or not they want to keep their former early draft pick, it makes sense that Bruce Arians and company will keep Jones in the starting role.