September 27, 2023

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Current Cowboys’ and former Bucs’ running back Ronald Jones suspended

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Jones continues to fall short of potential

I know that RoJo didn’t have a lot of support from the Bucs’ fan base. It seemed not too many fans believed in the young man from USC while he was here in Tampa. I, on the other hand, have always seen something special in his potential/abilities. I feel like Bruce Almighty wasn’t fair with him and that the former coach put too much faith in 4Net. Jones went from winning the starting job over 4Net, setting a Bucs’ all-time record for yards per carry that season in 2020 with 5.1 ypc. He also holds the NFL record for the second-longest touchdown run from scrimmage. Then he got injured near the end of 2020, even though he became healthy enough to play once the playoffs rolled around. By then, in Arians’ book, he was a forgotten man. That feeling carried over to 2021, and 4NET was basically handed the starting gig due to his run in the playoffs the season before. Lenny showed his true colors and bottomed out in production that season. Perfect chance for RoJo to reclaim the starting role, but it never happened. He wasn’t even given a shot to do that. He wasted away on the bench and bolted the following season when the Bucs showed no interest in keeping him in Tampa. Jones signed with the Chiefs and couldn’t produce, spending most of the season inactive on the bench, again falling short of the mark. Most will argue with me, but I believe Jones could have finally reached his potential had the Bucs kept him around and acted as if they believed in him just a little bit.

Finds a home in Dallas in 2023

The Cowboys signed Jones, who is from the Dallas area to a contract this past off-season after letting Ezekiel Elliott walk. It was a homecoming for Jones, and high hopes accompanied him there. It was announced Monday that Jones had violated the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs and would be suspended for the first two games of the 2023 season without pay. Hopefully, this isn’t a sign of things to come for Jones. I truly hope he can turn it around and become involved in the Dallas backfield this season. He’s not a Buc anymore, but I still wish him the best, as his chances are probably close to being done in the NFL if he doesn’t show something this season in Dallas. Go Bucs!!