The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ushering in a new era with Tom Brady under center. The offense is expected to be a more efficient unit than the 2019 version that Jameis Winston led, which likely means more rushing attempts and scoring opportunities in the red zone.
The Bucs drafted Ke’Shawn Vaughn in the third round of the 2020 draft and they recently signed LeSean McCoy. Still, head coach Bruce Arians is set on giving third-year running back Ronald Jones II the first crack at being the top guy.
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Jones could end up being a workhorse back in Tampa’s offense, especially since Brady has started working with Jones on his pass-catching skills.
“He always tells me to get low in my routes and run my routes like I already have the ball,” Jones said, via the team’s website. “A lot of times I was trying to get a feel for the defense, if it was zone or man. I’m working on getting that pre-snap read and then just exploding through my routes, just finishing. I think that’s been what we’ve been working on now just in the shorts and stuff.”
It won’t be the easiest transition as Jones will have to improve other skills to stay on the field. Pass protection was a major problem for Jones last year and if he solves that issue, the former USC Trojan could be the workhorse back in Tampa. However, the signing of McCoy may signal that Arians isn’t exactly confident in that.
From a fantasy perspective, Jones has the potential to be special. In drafts conducted in August, Jones’ ADP is No. 82 overall—the ninth round of standard 10-team drafts.
Having a starting running back on a top offense goes a long way toward being among the contenders in your fantasy league. Jones could be this year’s mid-round running back who puts up top-10 numbers.