|ADP:||Round: 5, Pick: 5|
|Team:||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Ht / Wt:||5'11" / 205 lb.|
|Born:||August 3, 1997|
|Drafted:||2018 / Rd. 2 (38)|
Jones will undergo surgery to have a pin removed from his left pinky finger Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Jones had surgery to address a broken finger back in mid-December, and he'll now undergo another procedure to fully address the issue. After returning from his initial surgery Jones was able to play through his finger injury, though he did subsequently miss time due to COVID-19 protocols and a quad contusion, ultimately playing second fiddle to Leonard Fournette during Tampa Bay's playoff run. Jones should remain on track for the tentative start of offseason workouts, and with Fournette on track to become an unrestricted free agent March, Ke'Shawn Vaughn could end up being his primary competition for the No.1 backfield spot.
Jones rushed 12 times for 61 yards and failed to bring in his only target during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday.
Analysis: As was the case through the Buccaneers' divisional-round and conference-championship wins, Jones played a complementary role to Leonard Fournette, although he did trail his teammate in carries by only four. The third-year back may have never ceded the lead-back role to Fournette had he not been felled by a quadriceps contusion during warmups before a wild-card game against Washington, but Jones still averaged 4.0 yards per carry over the three postseason games he played in. Moreover, Jones just narrowly missed his first 1,000-yard season by 22 yards despite missing two games, and he also set a new career high with seven rushing touchdowns. With Fournette set for unrestricted free agency in March, Jones may find himself battling Ke'Shawn Vaughn for the starting running back job next season.
Jones rushed 10 times for 16 yards and did not receive a target during the Buccaneers' 31-26 win over the Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
Analysis: Jones once again played second fiddle to Leonard Fournette, who logged a total of 17 touches. Jones also averaged three yards less per carry than Fournette's 4.6, and the former's complete lack of a role in the passing game seems to further cement the fact the two backs have swapped places on the depth chart ahead of a Super Bowl LV matchup versus either the Bills or Chiefs on Sunday, Feb. 7.
Jones (quad/finger) was a full practice participant Friday and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Green Bay, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: After a setback with his quad injury kept him on the sideline for the wild-card round, Jones reentered the mix for last week's 30-20 win over New Orleans, taking 13 carries for 62 yards on 29 percent snap share. Leonard Fournette had 17 carries and five catches on 68 percent of snaps, but he mostly worked behind Jones when both were healthy during the regular season.
Jones (quad/finger) was limited at practice Thursday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.
Analysis: Jones picked up a few bumps and bruises near the end of the regular season and prior to Tampa Bay's playoff opener at Washington. While he only played 29 percent of the offensive snaps during the divisional-round win in New Orleans, he churned out a healthy 62 yards on 13 rushes (4.8 YPC). In the same game, Leonard Fournette led the Bucs backfield, turning 22 touches into 107 yards from scrimmage and one TD. Assuming Jones is able to suit up again Sunday at Green Bay, he seems poised to play second fiddle to Fournette yet again.
Jones (finger/calf) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's practice estimate.
Analysis: Jones who was listed as questionable for this past Sunday's divisional-round game in New Orleans, ended up suiting up for the contest, en route to rushing 13 times for 62 yards in the Buccaneers' win. With no reported setbacks in that contest, it's quite possible that the running back's listed limitations Wednesday are indicative of rep management in advance of Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Packers.
Jones (quadriceps) rushed 13 times for 62 yards and failed to bring in his only target during the Buccaneers' 30-20 divisional-round win over the Saints on Sunday.
Analysis: Eight days after having to sit out the wild-card win against Washington due to a quadriceps contusion suffered in pregame warmups, Jones was back on the field and filling a robust role in the ground attack. However, he worked in tandem with Leonard Fournette, who served as the true lead back with 17 carries and another five touches in the passing game. Nevertheless, Jones was actually the more efficient of the two with 4.8 yards per rush, and given the extreme cold expected at Lambeau Field for next Sunday's NFC Championship Game, the duo could be quite busy once again versus a Packers defense that's been vulnerable to the run at time.
Jones (quadriceps) is listed as active Sunday in New Orleans.
Analysis: Despite being inactive in the wild-card round at Washington, Jones didn't play after tweaking his quadriceps in pregame warmups. He proceeded to log limited sessions Thursday and Friday, setting himself up to return to the field this weekend. It remains to be seen how the backfield reps will be allotted between Jones, Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy with Ke'Shawn Vaughn a healthy scratch.
Jones (quadriceps), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round game in New Orleans, is being treated as a game-day decision, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Jones was active for last weekend's win over Washington in the wild-card round, but he didn't play any snaps in the contest after tweaking his quad in pregame warmups. Expect reporters on the scene in New Orleans to keep a closer eye on Jones during warmups ahead of Sunday's 6:40 p.m. ET kickoff to get a better sense of his availability, but at this stage, Rapoport relays that the running back has a "good shot" to play. Though listed as questionable, Jones seemingly improved his odds of gaining clearance by taking part in a walk-through session Saturday. He'll go through another workout Sunday before the Buccaneers likely decide on his status, with an update on Jones expected to arrive no later than 5:10 p.m. ET, when the team releases its inactive list.
Jones (quad/finger) is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against New Orleans after logging limited practices Thursday and Friday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Coach Bruce Arians previously noted that Jones will be a game-time decision for the contest, while relaying Friday that regardless of whether Jones ends up playing Sunday, Leonard Fournette -- who turned in a strong performance in the team's wild-card win over Washington this past Saturday -- will get the start at running back. That said, Arians added that if Jones is "full-speed" by game-time, he'd get "his normal reps."
Coach Bruce Arians noted Friday that Jones (quad) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game at New Orleans, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: With that in mind, Jones seems like to be officially listed as questionable for the contest. Either way, however, Leonard Fournette will be the Buccaneers' starting running back Sunday, following his strong performance in the team's wild-card win over Washington this past Saturday.
Jones (quad/finger) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Luke Johnson of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Given what happened last week -- when he was active but didn't play any snaps -- fantasy managers will feel a whole lot better if Jones is able to upgrade to full participation Friday. Barring that development, he appears to be headed for a 'questionable' designation ahead of the playoff matchup with New Orleans on Sunday. The Bucs have Leonard Fournette on hand to fill in as the lead runner against a stout New Orleans run defense.
Jones (quadriceps) is practicing Thursday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Between thumb surgery, a stint on the COVID-19 list and now a quad injury, Jones has played in just one game since Week 14. He was technically active for the wild-card win over Washington, but the Bucs decided he wasn't healthy enough to actually play. After missing practice Wednesday, the running back returned to the field Thursday morning, hoping to prove his health before Sunday's game in New Orleans. If Jones can't go, Leonard Fournette will step up to the lead role again.
Jones (quadriceps) did not practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Jones didn't handle a single snap during Tampa Bay's wild-card win over Washington despite being active. Though he'll have two more chances to resume practicing, Jones' workload could end up difficult to prognosticate unless clarity is offered by coach Bruce Arians or the extent of the 23-year-old's participation. Leonard Fournette ran for 93 yards on 19 carries versus Washington, and he'd be the clear favorite to lead the Buccaneers' backfield in New Orleans on Sunday if Jones is sidelined or limited.
Jones (quadriceps) didn't participate in the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Though he was active for Tampa's win over Washington in the wild-card round, Jones didn't actually take any snaps in the game. His absence Wednesday isn't a great sign, but he still has two more chances to get on the practice field before the end of the week. If Jones is out or limited again, Leonard Fournette would be a clear favorite to lead the Tampa backfield Sunday evening in New Orleans.
Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that the availability of Jones (quadriceps) is "a wait and see situation," Sara Walsh of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Arians said that Jones felt healthier last Thursday and Friday, but a setback related to soreness Saturday caused him to miss the Buccaneers' wild-card win over Washington, per James Palmer of NFL Network. Leonard Fournette operated as Tampa Bay's clear top back versus the Football Team with Jones sidelined, while Ke'Shawn Vaughn handled change-of-pace duties.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network indicates that a quad issue Jones practiced through this past week flared up before Saturday's playoff win over Washington.
Analysis: Per the report, Jones' quad contusion "swelled on him" and the running back had difficulty getting loose as game-time approached. Jones' status is therefore worth monitoring as the Bucs prepare for their next postseason contest. With Jones not recording any snaps Saturday, Leonard Fournette led the team's rushing attack, while Ke'Shawn Vaughn worked in a reserve/change-of-pace role.
Jones suffered a quad injury during pregame warmups ahead of Saturday's wild-card matchup against Washington, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Jones never did take the field for Saturday's wild-card game. Leonard Fournette figures to command the starter's workload while rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn rotates in as a change-of-pace back.
Jones was forced out of Saturday's wild-card game against Washington with a quad injury, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
Analysis: Jones suffered the injury in the first quarter before receiving his first touch. Unless he can return, Leonard Fournette and Ke'Shawn Vaughn are the only remaining running backs for Tampa Bay.
Jones rushed 12 times for 78 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 44-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: Making his return from a two-game absence as a result of a finger injury and stint on the reserve/COVID-19 list, Jones was efficient with his modest number of opportunities. The third-year back's long run of the day went for just 16 yards, so he consistently gained positive yardage versus a Falcons defense that had been stingy against the run all season. Jones' lack of passing game work was a disappointment, but now that he garnered some game action prior to the end of the regular season, the USC product should be ready for a full workload in a first-round playoff matchup against either the Giants or Washington next weekend.
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