April 18, 2021

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The Running Man

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Image Credits: Kim Klement | USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones handed in the third 100-yard rushing game of his three-year career and his second of the 2020 season. Many have been on Jones’s case about not being a complete back, but that may be the furthest thing from the truth. It seems that Jones is coming into his own, especially when the Buccaneers decide to stick with the run and utilize him in the passing game.

So far this season, he has rushed for 359 yards, which is almost half of his entire 2019 yardage total, on 74 attempts earning him a 4.9 yards per carry and 1 touchdown. As for the receiving end of his job, this is a spot where many have decided to put Jones down the most. Jones was targeted 23 times for 15 receptions and 76 yards, so far this season for 5.1 yards per reception. Last season, he was targeted just 40 times with 31 receptions for 309 yards.

If the Buccaneers continue to keep Jones in the plans, he is certainly on his way to his first 1,000-yard season and becoming the first 1,000-yard running back since Doug Martin in 2015. Let that sink in for a moment.

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