Ronald Jones’s first season as a Buc was a total wash. In total, he played in just 9 games with only 23 rushes for 44 yards. That performance had many fans crying bust even though it was only his first season. This season he proved those doubters dead wrong, and we got a glimpse of what the former USC star can do when given a chance.
In total, he played in all 16 games this season with 9 starts with 172 rushes for 724 yards, 6 TDs, and a 4.2 YPC. Not bad for someone that didn’t even start until week 7. Jones also showcased his ability as a receiver out of the backfield with 31 catches for 309 TDs, which put him over a thousand yards from scrimmage. This is much improved from his college days as his receiving ability was one knock against him coming into the draft. Jones gained 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason, making him just as big as short-yardage back Peyton Barber, and it showed on the field breaking numerous tackles that he wouldn’t have last year.
At 5’11” and 219lbs, he is now a bigger RB with outstanding agility. He is one of just a few RBs that can stop on a dime and make a complete 90-degree cut. He can then accelerate extremely quickly, leaving would-be tacklers in the dust. Now that he has shown his ability to be a complete back and a danger to take it to the house whenever given the ball, expect big things from Jones next season.