The Buccaneers haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since Doug Martin in 2015, so when they decided to take Ronald Jones of USC in the second round, they figured the problems with the running game would be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that was not the case. After a terrible preseason, Jones failed to carve himself out any kind of role during the regular season. Even when he did see the field, he didn’t produce any kind of offense at all.
Now it’s a new season, and a new regime has taken the helm. Coach Bruce Arians says he sees a lot of untapped potential in Jones and he is willing to wipe his slate clean. RB coach Todd McNair has also stated he sees a lot of untapped talent in Jones.
While at USC, Jones was an extremely explosive player averaging more than 5 YPC. If Arians can get Jones to live up to his potential, this could be huge for the Bucs, and everyone knows Arians loves a power running game in order to set up the deep ball off of play action.
Arians also stated that the run game will be built around Peyton Barber.