Running Game gets some attention
The Buccaneers running back tandem of Jones and Barber were finally put to good use Sunday. Both backs got 11 touches in the run game, with Barber producing a team-high 43 yards, and Jones pitching in 29 on the ground. Through the air is where Jones found his niche for the Bucs by leading the team in receptions with eight and second in yards with 77.
Bucs first scoring drive
On the Bucs’ first scoring drive, the Bucs ran a lot more than you usually see as a good amount of both of their touches came on this drive. Other than the two sacks on Winston, this drive should be made the blueprint for a scoring drive moving forward. RoJo shined on this drive with three rushes and three receptions. The last rush for Jones was a 7-yard gain for the Bucs’ first touchdown on the day. Within this drive also were three rushes by Barber. Two receptions by Evans, and one by Godwin. What it was was methodical movement down the field, keeping the backs more involved as well as mixing in passes to the receivers. It seemed to be the perfect mix, and kept the Cardinals Defense on their heels and guessing. Barber would run in the game-winning score with 1:43 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The “really big play” by Jones never materialized in this one, nonetheless, he was productive and a big part of the win. Dare I say that Jones is finally becoming a bigger part of Leftwich’s offensive game plan? However, just as quick as it happened, it can go back to the way it was.
Here’s to hoping that the run game, with Jones leading the way, continues to be a vital Cog in the Bucs scoring machine. He is the kind of threat that not all teams have. Not having him well involved with as many possible touches rushing, and receiving, would be a waste of talent. It’s nice to have good things to say about the Bucs following a game these days. Go Bucs!