Yesterday, the Buccaneers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 31-29 in a very sloppy game. The Buccaneers had four turnovers overall including a fumble by RB Ronald Jones II midway through the second quarter. Jones II up to that point had three carries for 13 yards. Below is what Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians had to say about Jones II not returning to the game after the fumble and if he has more confidence in Leonard Fournette.
“No. ‘Ro’ was running really, really well until the fumble, and then he struggled mentally to get over it. That was too big of a game and go out there and not be focused, so ‘Lenny’ got the rest of the way.”
On back-to-back drives, Jones II and Fournette had plays resulting in a turnover leading to nine Cowboys points. Jones II fumble led to a touchdown five plays later and Fournette’s bobbled pass led to a field goal four plays after that. Ronald Jones II always seems to get pulled out of the game after a mistake and this leads many fans to believe that he has fallen out of Arians’ good graces.
When he’s on, he’s on and he proved that last season rushing for 978 yards and seven touchdowns. Hopefully, Jones II doesn’t let the fumbling issue take big a toll on him.