The once thought to be bust got off to a slow start in his first two seasons, but this year, things are very different. Through week 14, Ronald Jones has surpassed his previous two seasons in rushing yards by 132 yards and done so in 15 fewer attempts. He currently has 180 attempts and 900 yards on the ground, which is good for 4th in the league amongst running backs, and 6 touchdowns. Rojo sits behind Derrick Henry 1532 yards, Dalvin Cook 1352 yards, and the rookie James Robinson 1035 yards.
Jones fractured his pinkie against the Minnesota Vikings last week and had surgery to insert a pin into his little finger, and that leaves his availability for the game against the Falcons this week as unknown. However, Jenna Laine of ESPN was told that despite not knowing until later in the week whether or not Jones can play this Sunday, he still has a chance to suit up and see action. Jones could become the first 1,000-yard running back the Bucs had since 2015 when Doug Martin wore the uniform.
The Buccaneers are currently in a great position to make the wild card, sitting ahead of the Chicago Bears and the Minnesota Vikings by a couple of games. If Jones is unable to suit up Sunday, the Buccaneers should still be able to continue solidifying their position in the wild card race and see their first playoff appearance since 2007.