Ronald Jones II

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Running Back #22
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Running Back #22
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Ronald Jones II News

Ruled out for wild-card game

Jones (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Eagles, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Jones wasn't able to practice all week and was ruled out by coach Bruce Arians on Friday. With Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Giovani Bernard (hip/knee) both hoping to come back from IR -- and both potential game-time decisions -- it's hard to say what the Tampa backfield will look like this Sunday. Last week, with both Jones and Fournette out, Ke'Shawn Vaughn took 12 touches for 41 yards and a TD (with Le'Veon Bell adding four touches for 15 yards and his own TD) in the 41-17 win over Carolina. Vaughn took 45 percent of snaps in the contest, with Bell at 38 percent and Kenjon Barner taking 15 percent.

Jan 14, 2022 9:59 AM EST


Appears absent again

Jones (ankle) wasn't spotted during the portion of Friday's practice that was open to the media, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jones hasn't practiced since suffering the ankle injury Week 17, and it appears he's headed toward another DNP at Friday's session. Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Giovani Bernard (hip) remain on injured reserve but are both back at practice, and it remains to be seen if either tailback will be activated ahead of Saturday's roster deadline. Jones seems unlikely to be available for Sunday's wild-card game against the Eagles, leaving Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell to handle the backfield work should Fournette and Bernard remain sidelined.

Jan 14, 2022 8:16 AM EST



Still not practicing

Jones (ankle) didn't practice Thursday, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones has yet to take the field since injuring his ankle during a Week 17 win at the Jets. Elsewhere in the backfield, the Bucs are preparing both Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Giovani Bernard (hip) for a return from injured reserve, but it remains to be seen if either will be activated by Saturday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline. Assuming one or both are back on the active roster Sunday against the Eagles, he (or they) will join Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell at running back while Jones likely looks on from the sideline.

Jan 13, 2022 1:43 PM EST


Not looking good for Sunday

Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that he considers Jones (ankle) doubtful for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Even in the unlikely event he manages to play, Jones might not have much of a role with both Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Giovani Bernard (knee/hip) designated to return from injured reserve earlier Wednesday. The Bucs also have Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell as backfield options in case Fournette and Bernard don't show enough progress on the practice field this week.

Jan 12, 2022 9:50 AM EST


Ruled out Week 18

Jones (ankle) was ruled out Friday for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones had a big opportunity with Leonard Fournette (hamstring) on IR for the final three weeks of the regular season, but RoJo was mediocre in his first start (81 yards on 22 touches) and then injured his ankle in the second. The Bucs now have Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell as their top backs for Week 18, with Darwin Thompson a potential call-up from the practice squad, while passing-down specialist Giovani Bernard (IR/hip) doesn't appear likely to be ready. Bruce Arians expects Fournette back for the first round of the playoffs, but the Bucs coach admitted Friday that he's less sure about Jones, who isn't yet able to cut on his sprained ankle, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Jan 7, 2022 9:23 AM EST



Not seen at practice

Jones (ankle) wasn't present for Thursday's practice and is set to be listed as a non-participant on Tampa Bay's official report, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Analysis: Considering head coach Bruce Arians noted Wednesday that Jones is sporting a walking boot on his injured ankle, the running back's absence from his second straight practice comes as little surprise. Barring a dramatic step forward at the Bucs' final Week 18 practice Friday, Jones won't be ready to go for Sunday's regular-season finale versus the Panthers. Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Giovani Bernard (calf) are also on injured reserve and aren't expected to be available this weekend, potentially leaving Tampa Bay with Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell as its top backfield options.

Jan 6, 2022 8:44 AM EST


Stuck in walking boot, no practice

Coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that Jones (ankle) is using a walking boot and won't try to run until later this week, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones isn't practicing Wednesday, and it doesn't sound like he's especially likely to make it back Thursday or Friday. Meanwhile, Ke'Shawn Vaughn's rib injury is said to be minor, potentially making him the lead back for Sunday's game against Carolina. The Bucs also have Le'Veon Bell, and possibly Giovani Bernard (IR/knee), as options at RB for Week 18. Looking further ahead, the Bucs reportedly are optimistic Leonard Fournette (IR/hamstring) will be back for the opening round of the playoffs, per Dianna Russini of ESPN.

Jan 5, 2022 9:55 AM EST


Not spotted Wednesday

Jones (ankle) is not participating in the early portion of Wednesday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jones is awaiting the results of an MRI to disclose the severity of the ankle injury he suffered Week 17. Meanwhile, Ke'Shawn Vaughn (ribs) was spotted on the practice field Wednesday, but veteran Le'Veon Bell may be the only fully healthy running back currently on Tampa Bay's roster.

Jan 5, 2022 8:29 AM EST


Awaiting MRI results

Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that the team is waiting on results from Jones' (ankle) MRI to determine the extent of his injury, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones sustained his ankle injury in the third quarter of Sunday's win over the Jets and was unable to return to the field. If Jones is unable to play in Sunday's Week 18 matchup against Carolina, Ke'Shawn Vaughn (ribs) and Le'Veon Bell could see additional work.

Jan 3, 2022 9:24 AM EST


Picks up ankle injury

Jones exited Sunday's game against the Jets with an ankle injury, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Jones had 10 carries for 26 yards and caught his lone target for one yards before suffering the injury during the third quarter. Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell should split the backfield work for the Bucs while Jones is sidelined.

Jan 2, 2022 12:06 PM EST


Solid in starting opportunity

Jones rushed 20 times for 65 yards and a touchdown and brought in two of three targets for 16 yards in the Buccaneers' 32-6 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Stepping in for Leonard Fournette (IR-hamstring), Jones shouldered the bulk of the workload for the Buccaneers backfield and acquitted himself reasonably well. The fourth-year back notched his third touchdown in the last six games with a seven-yard scoring scamper late in the third quarter as well, burnishing his outlook ahead of a favorable Week 17 road matchup against a suspect Jets run defense.

Dec 26, 2021 4:18 PM EST


Gets longer runway as starter

Jones is expected to serve as Tampa Bay's starting running back for the final three games of the regular season after the Buccaneers placed Leonard Fournette (hamstring) on injured reserve Thursday, Zach Kruse of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Le'Veon Bell and practice-squad member Kenjon Barner could also push for reps down the stretch, particularly on passing downs, but Jones should be locked in as Tampa Bay's lead option on the ground sans Fournette. Though ball-security issues and mental mistakes have been consistent themes in Jones' career, the 24-year-old has been a productive ball carrier, averaging 4.5 yards per tote over 458 rushing attempts. He'll likely continue to pick up solid chunks of yardage while running behind three Pro Bowl linemen, and Tom Brady's proclivity for checking down to running backs could allow Jones to collect at least a few targets per game even if he's subbed out on more obvious passing downs.

Dec 24, 2021 2:04 PM EST


Slated to serve as No. 1 back

Jones is in line to serve as the Buccaneers' starting running back since Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is expected to miss time, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones took over for the injured Fournette in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Saints and rushed eight times for 63 yards while securing both of his targets for eight yards. Although the 24-year-old had seen minimal work across the last few weeks, he's now in line to serve as the team's top running back, while Ke'Shawn Vaughn will likely be available in a complementary role.

Dec 20, 2021 12:13 PM EST


Takes over rushing duties

Jones rushed eight times for 63 yards and caught both of his targets for eight yards in Sunday's 9-0 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Leonard Fournette (hamstring) went down on Tampa Bay's first drive of the second half, leaving Jones to handle most of the rushing duties for the remainder of the contest. The severity of the former's injury is unclear at the moment, but we should get some clarity on that front in the coming days. Jones performed well in a pinch, as he was seemingly the only Tampa Bay offensive player that the Saints did not have an answer for (7.9 yards per carry). If Fournette is unable to suit up against the Panthers next Sunday, then Jones figures to take over starting duties with Ke'Shawn Vaughn (3-19-0 on Sunday) taking over backup duties.

Dec 19, 2021 10:06 PM EST


Limited to three carries

Jones rushed three times for eight yards in the Buccaneers' 33-27 overtime win over the Bills on Sunday.

Analysis: The backup running back once again held a minimal role in comparison to Leonard Fournette, with Jones logging just eight snaps from scrimmage overall. With just four carries over the last two games, Jones heads into a Week 15 Sunday night battle against the Saints with little momentum, although it's at least worth noting he's less than a month removed from having scored rushing touchdowns in back-to-back contests Weeks 11 and 12.

Dec 13, 2021 8:51 PM EST


Sidesteps injury report

Jones (illness) wasn't listed on the Buccaneers' injury report Wednesday.

Analysis: Jones departed this past Sunday's win in Atlanta due to an illness, but it hasn't followed him into Week 14 prep. When this Sunday's matchup with the Bills rolls around, he'll be poised for his usual secondary role behind starter Leonard Fournette, which has amounted to 5.4 touches for 25.4 yards from scrimmage per game and three rushing TDs through 12 contests.

Dec 8, 2021 1:57 PM EST


Battling illness

Jones exited Sunday's game against the Falcons due to an illness, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Jones had one carry for two yards and caught his lone target for zero yards during the first half before leaving due to the ailment. Giovani Bernard should step up as Tampa Bay's No. 2 tailback behind starter Leonard Fournette.

Dec 5, 2021 12:03 PM EST


Another touchdown in win

Jones rushed seven times for 37 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 38-31 win over the Colts on Sunday.

Analysis: Jones was able to cash in on his second touchdown in as many games when he went in from one yard out late in the third quarter. The fourth-year back is clearly stuck behind Leonard Fournette in the backfield pecking order, but he seems to be embracing his complementary role without complaint and has at least registered on the fantasy radar with his pair of recent scores.

Nov 29, 2021 9:06 PM EST


Finds end zone

Jones rushed eight times for 33 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 30-10 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Jones took a carry around the left side to score from six yards in the second quarter, marking his second end-zone trip of the campaign. With the Buccaneers never relinquishing the lead that play gave them, Jones was incorporated slightly more in the running game than usual, getting just two fewer carries than starter Leonard Fournette. Even though he was again efficient with his handoffs Monday, Jones' complementary, backup role limits his expected value ahead of Week 12's matchup versus the Colts.

Nov 22, 2021 9:05 PM EST


Logs one snap in loss

Jones did not record a touch on his one snap from scrimmage during Sunday's 29-19 loss to Washington, but head coach Bruce Arians stated after the game his lack of opportunity was due to the offense running significantly fewer plays than usual, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Buccaneers ran just 48 plays during the upset defeat, and if Arians is to be taken fully at his word, that explains Jones' almost complete absence from the offense. However, even under more conventional game scripts, the fourth-year back hasn't logged more than 13 snaps from scrimmage since Week 2, so his prospects remain dim heading into a Week 11 Monday night matchup versus the Giants.

Nov 15, 2021 9:56 PM EST


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