After Ronald Jones’ fumble towards the Dallas Cowboys, there was some query as to how a lot the working again could be concerned within the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense shifting ahead. Bucs head coach Bruce Arians squashed any perceived doubts in Jones by publicly naming him the beginning working again towards the Falcons in Week 2.
“Yeah, they’re all completely different, and RoJo was prepared,” Arians mentioned of the working again errors in Week 1, per Buccaneers.com. “We began throwing the ball a bunch extra. He’s beginning this week and he’s able to roll.”
It’s unclear if that is an official benching of Leonard Fournette, or if the Buccaneers plan to rotate beginning working backs on a weekly foundation. Neither participant regarded significantly spectacular within the staff’s two-point win over the Cowboys. Jones had simply 4 carries for 14 yards together with a fumble.
Fournette had nine rushes for 32 yards averaging a dismal 3.6 yards per carry. The Bucs working again additionally had 5 receptions (on seven targets) for 27 yards towards Dallas.
Leftwich on Jones: ‘We’ll Proceed Getting ‘Ro’ the Ball & Letting ‘Ro’ be ‘Ro”
Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich additionally expressed confidence in Jones’ function shifting ahead. Leftwich emphasised that the staff will “proceed getting ‘Ro’ the ball” within the coming weeks.
“I’m not fearful about ‘Ro’ in any respect,” Leftwich famous, per Buccaneers.com. “We’ll proceed getting ‘Ro’ the ball and letting ‘Ro’ be ‘Ro.’ ‘Ro’ is actual particular working the ball and distinctive. We perceive that we perceive the expertise that he has. It’s by no means good in soccer. The sport doesn’t go that method. Soccer doesn’t enable it to be good.
“Soccer additionally helps in life classes. It will get robust typically and typically it’s higher for you, however all through a 17-game season that’s simply the way it goes. And I believe skilled athletes know how you can deal with that. We’ll transfer on and study from the errors we made, however we’ve to be centered on doing all the things we are able to to win the following ball recreation. Now we have a staff that at all times performs us robust. Each time we performed them it’s a tricky out, so we’ve to do all the things attainable to get able to play this recreation.”
Jones Performed in Simply 9% of the Snaps in Week 1
Fournette obtained the majority of snaps for the Bucs at working again in Week 1 at 65%. Giovani Bernard was subsequent in line at 26% because the Bucs added the veteran again this offseason to play the James White function for Tom Brady in Tampa. Bernard is extra more likely to be utilized in passing down conditions and doesn’t look like competing for the beginning gig.
Jones performed simply 9% of the snaps towards the Cowboys, and it is going to be fascinating to see if the rusher beginning will imply he stays the lead again all through the Week 2 matchup towards the Falcons. Regardless of Jones getting the nod over Fournette, Leftwich is seeing plenty of progress from “Playoff Lenny.”
“I consider we’re watching Lenny turn out to be a professional,” Leftwich explained. “I actually consider that. As skilled athletes, it doesn’t at all times go effectively. It’s not the primary time that it’s not going effectively for a person all through a recreation. That occurs week in and week out.
“The skilled guys know how you can transfer cross it, get themselves in positions so when the following play presents itself, this group tends to make it. I’m extra excited for the fellows that folks might imagine they didn’t play effectively simply because I do know what it does to them. I understand how they’ll react to that and I simply attempt to assume to present them extra alternatives to play effectively and play at a excessive degree.”
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