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Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Draft: 2018 Round 2 (6)
College: Southern California
Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 200 DOB: 1997-08-03 Age: 21
RB Rank Tier ADP-12
#48 7 5.07

Season Stats
FF Today Standard Scoring: Review Scoring
  RushingReceiving Fantasy
Season Team G Att Yard Avg TDTarget Rec Yard Avg TD FPts FPts/G
2018 (Projected) TB   139 556 4.0 3   19 115 6.1 0 85.1  

2018 Outlook
Depth Chart
As a rookie, there's no proven NFL track record for Jones, but as a prospect, Jones draws an interesting comparison. Jones admits that he models his game after Jamaal Charles and his college production is somewhat similar.

The noticeable difference in their careers is the usage in the passing game. Charles was a much more established receiver coming out of school, but neither was used a significant amount and both averaged just over 1 reception per game during their final season. The biggest disappointment, if it can even be considered one, is Jones's slight drop in rushing efficiency under 6.0 yards per carry when his rushing attempts finally eclipsed 200 attempts.

Jones currently has an ADP of RB27 in the 5th round and it appears that he's in line for 15 to 20 touches per game, according to camp reports. Tampa Bay had an average offensive line for run blocking, according to Football Outsiders. They had a 20% stuffed rate which ranked in the middle of the pack. Luckily, it appears Jones won't be stuck behind a poor offensive line, but he's not jumping into a situation similar to Ezekiel Elliott either. At his current draft price, he's among the safest bets to have consistent volume which makes him a good bet to exceed his draft position.

Fan. Tm. Player
RB1RB1 Peyton Barber
RB2RB2 Ronald Jones
RB3RB3 Jacquizz Rodgers
RB4RB4 Charles Sims
RB5FB1 Austin Johnson
Buccaneers Depth Chart
News From The Past 90 Days
Peyton Barber has edge on starting job
HC Dirk Koetter comments on RBs
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Aug 13, 1:00 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
After an underwhelming performance by rookie Ronald Jones in the preseason opener at Miami on Thursday in which Koetter said the second-round pick from Southern Cal was "average," it appears as though Peyton Barber has a good grip on the position. "Peyton is our starter," Koetter said Monday. "We're definitely going to use Ronald Jones and take advantage of what he's going to do. We do have the two veteran backs behind him. Again, we've got three more preseason games. Let's just let it sort out a little more." (Tampa Bay Times)

FFToday's Take: We'll see if these public comments are just a way to light a fire under rookie Ronald Jones but at this point he is definitely behind Barber on the depth chart. Koetter's comments suggest this situation is in flux. In any case, Barber is currently a bargain in fantasy drafts as the RB61 (14th round) in PPR leagues.

Tampa Bay likely to employ RBBC
Ronald Jones, Peyton Barber, Charles Sims to be involved
By: Doug Orth | Mon Jun 11, 7:40 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(Ronald Jones) will go into training camp with every expectation of adding the big-play threat that's been sorely missed in the last two years. He'll share the load with third-year pro Peyton Barber, and Charles Sims will have a chance to keep the third-down role he held last season. Jones understanding the offense and pass protection and all a running back must do beyond just running the ball is a major prerequisite to him gaining the full trust of his coaches. Establish that now, and he's in line for a larger role earlier in his rookie season. (Tampa Bay Times - Greg Auman)

FFToday's Take: The faster Jones accomplishes the last part (understanding the offense and pass protection, etc.), the quicker he will emerge as the primary and perhaps every-down option in Tampa Bay. The Bucs have already said they envision Jones becoming a three-down back, and he possesses the kind of explosiveness the Bucs simply don't have otherwise. Jones may start out in a committee, but he seems like a pretty good bet to own the backfield before 2018 comes to a close.

Peyton Barber trimmed down over the winter
Improved diet and focused on improving speed
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Jun 1, 9:10 pm

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Peyton Barber didn’t lose any weight. He just turned fat into muscle and looks more sleek and sculpted than ever. Bucs RB coach Tim Spencer has seen Barber become a tick faster and more agile this offseason. "He's a pretty elusive big guy," Spencer said. "He is a very elusive big guy with quick feet and good vision, good hands - good everything. He's a good, solid football player. And obviously he does some (special) teams also, so he's a good football player. I like the way he runs." (Pewter Report)

FFToday's Take: Barber figures to open camp as a starter, but how long he can hold off explosive rookie Ronald Jones is the question. A committee in which Barber is the main short yardage/goal line back to begin the season seems likely, although Jones doesn't get enough credit for his ability to run inside the tackles. The Bucs should be much better running the ball in 2018, so if Barber somehow is declared a surefire starter before Week 1, he would very much be in the RB3 - if not RB2 - discussion.

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