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Kyle Riddle’s Rundown: Jones adds 13lbs of muscle

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Not only has RB Ronald Jones shown up to camp looking to put the 2018 season in the rearview mirror, but he’s also added 13 lbs of muscle. One of the knocks against Jones coming out of college was that he was thought to be only good for about 15 carries a game due to his smaller stature. He has put that misnomer to rest now weighing in at 221 lbs at 5’11”.

During the 2017 college season, Jones was one of the biggest homerun threats in college football. During his final season at USC on his way to being named first-team all Pac 12 Jones was a devastating runner. He showed his ability as a classic slasher type RB able to stop on a dime and make cuts as sharp as 90 degrees. He spent all of last season in former HC Dirk Koetter’s dog house and rarely saw the field, but this year he’s practicing like he has a purpose. He has even shown the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, which was another knock against him coming into the NFL.

At 221 lbs, that makes Jones around the same size as current Bucs’ RB Peyton Barber. It will be interesting to see what Jones can do this year with the added muscle. I’m betting he establishes himself as the number one RB on this roster, on his way to a thousand plus yard season.

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