“Electric Outside”

April 28th, 2018

New toy. New option.

When is the last time a Bucs running back had a lot of juice to get outside and then explode for a big play.

Maybe even take it to the house. Gasp!!

Sure, we saw special moments from Doug Martin over the years and Charles Sims flashed a little. But these weren’t guys who could take handoff and just explode and get the edge.

That wasn’t Earnest Graham, LeGarrette Blount or Cadillac Williams after his first injury, either.

Change appears to have arrived last night with the No. 38 overall pick in the draft when the Bucs picked Southern Cal running back Ronald Jones. Explosive, explosive, explosive.

Joel Klatt, the former college QB turned FOX college football analyst and draft guru, sees big-time juice coming to the Bucs.

“This is an explosive player, he’s electric outside and the one thing I loved about Ronald Jones is this is a guy behind somewhat of a patchwork line who still ran for 1,500 yards and 19 touchdowns.” Klatt said.

Jones can pound the rock up the gut, as well. He measured 5-11, 205 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Still just 20 year old, he likely still has a little man weight to add. Joe is not worried about Jones’ size like many Bucs fans are on social media.

The great thing is Jones doesn’t have to be a bellcow. Peyton Barber is here and he’s solid and possibly good.

Now it’s on Dirk Koetter to find the right balance, ride the hot hand, and set up defenses.

No more excuses. This is the most talented Bucs offense in many years, maybe ever.

40 Responses to ““Electric Outside””

  1. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Barber will be starting this year. He’ll get his chance to prove himself. Will he?

    I doubt it. He should have been released last year, but with so many horrible RBs, it is hard to chose from the bad eggs.

    Bet we add another RB before Training Camp…probably in the next weak or so.

  2. Rolltide22 Says:

    This is the kind of back Jameis needs to take his game to the next level. Finally someone to take some of the weight off his shoulders. P.S the team on Madden is gonna be legit!

  3. Walktheplank Says:

    On paper the best offensive group we have ever had. Prove it, Be unpredictable, play smart, and take chances. Bring your talent and play with passion never give up. Fight Give the fans something to cheer about! Go Bucs! No excuses

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Heard some whining last night from some fans…..probably because they wanted an SEC back…..but this guy was ranked as the 4th best RB and was in front of Penny.
    Lets give these picks a chance before we bury them……this guy is only 20 years old…..that’s young….he should really good.

  5. SB Says:

    I respectfully disagree Bonzai. I think Barber ran with Heart. That kid was Hitting holes rather than dancing around waiting for them to open or running into the backside of an OL. He will give it all he has to win that starting job. I am just glad that he has stiff competition now. Now if they can just add John Kelly to that competition list….

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Don’t trash Peyton Barber……as and UDFA we got a steal…..maybe he won’t be the starting back and will only play a role…..but you can’t have enough backs.

    Part of me was hoping last night that we doubled down on Guice…..Jason has big cajones but not that big.

  7. SB Says:

    @TBBF, evidently Guice’s character issues turned out to be real.

  8. Broy34 Says:

    This kid is a stud. Everytime I think he’s getting caught from behind he just breaks away. Love this pick. Finally a legit threat at running back

  9. Broy34 Says:

    All I wanna see is us not throwing bombs to desean non stop when we have all these threats. He doesn’t wanna ere without getting the ball then cya later. Godwin got this

  10. Joeypoppems Says:

    Im very happy with the RoJo pick. If Guice was out of the equation then RoJo was the clear best RB available. The team looks fun on paper tho, not that that means anything.

  11. Casual Observer Says:

    Looks like a good pair. Two starting backs. Wonder if they’ll try for Hines too? Could use a kick returner.

  12. BucFamous Says:

    I would like us to pick up a complementary back.

  13. AKick'nTheBucNuts Says:

    Broy34 says: “This kid is a stud. Everytime I think he’s getting caught from behind he just breaks away.”

    LOL! I thought the same thing! But then, I realized I was looking at him like our past Buc runners who always got caught, and as such, was expecting him to get caught.

    We are finally free from that fear with this kid.

  14. Joeypoppems Says:

    As far as today goes. PLEASE take a chance on Josh Sweat!!!

    DE is still a need. Sweat is a top 5 DE in this class who is falling for knee concerns. Day 3 is when you take chances on guys like that.

  15. AKick'nTheBucNuts Says:

    With Jones, I might have to change my handle to:

  16. Ptwalk Says:

    I think Barber will have a break out season and surprise some of you. He’s the type that gets stronger as the game wears on.

  17. darin Says:

    People will always whine buddy. Gona be whiners no matter who they pick. I like Jones alot. Love the fact Licht finally starting treating the draft like he is a football junkie and adding picks. I think its a great draft so far, all the picks. Some picks wont work out, like every team, but gota give them a chance. And yeah dont dog Peyton Barber people. Guy ran for 4 a pop last year with same line doug ran for 1 with. Go bucs

  18. BucfanBF Says:

    I absolutely love this Pick. This kid can break 80 yard runs for us. I wanted him after watching his tape. Kid can play and has juice.

  19. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Riding the”hot” hand is not Dirks strength

  20. Bucballbaby84 Says:

    I’m extremely happy with every single pick. Totally didn’t go the way I thought they would but I know what their doing is what’s right for this organization and what their building. Trust the process!

  21. WhatTheBucIsWrongWithYou Says:

    Lmao no wonder Bucs fans get a national rap for being whining babies with no culture for winning. We solve nearly every need and y’all still complain. I feel bad. We need a complimentary back now? Double dome on guice? Not throwing bombs every play? You mean 2-3 a game since we had no line or running game?

    Y’all wanna complain about pass rush and secondary yet we’re stoked Bucs passed on Derwin. #buclogic
    Unreal. Sweat is great, would love to have him or Griffin. Gonna need to trade up for either imo, but the draft has been great. Vita is a beast, know what you’re mad about fans.

  22. Destinjohnny Says:


    Bama game

  23. Defense Rules Says:

    TBBF, I agree with ya, “you can’t have enough backs.” Bucs have had more than their share of RB injuries over the past several years. Peyton Barber has been solid these past 2 years. Given a chance, he’ll surprise some people. Hasn’t started many games (OK, 5) or gotten many carries (OK, barely 160) but he’s been relatively injury-free & he runs hard. Sims when healthy is much better IMO than many give him credit for, but the key words are ‘when healthy’. Jacquizz is not fancy by any means, but he’s solid and dependable & makes a good #4 RB.

    Glad we added Ronald Jones for his explosiveness (we’ve lacked that for too long), but would really like to see us add one more bigger body to the mix. If he’s still there would love to see us grab Bo Scarborough with our Rnd 6 pick. The way he runs just reminds me so much of the A-Train. Bucs still need someone like Alstott to just run over people in the 4th quarters.

  24. Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    I have to agree with TBBF (#asusual), no reason to trash Barber; he has far exceeded his potential as an UDFA, and is still valuable to the Bucs. But to have an explosive RB like Ronald Jones should be a delight to Bucs fans – how perfectly that goes with the explosive talent we have at WRs & TEs players

    Now, what I see is Vita Vea as a short yardage and goal line specialist – watch for it!!!

  25. JDR Says:

    That bama film shows “the stud”… lol

  26. Kalind Says:

    I could still live with Himes or Scarborough to add to the committee

  27. Bucs Guy Says:

    He’s only explosive when he isn’t touched. Draft another RB because he will be another Charles Simms.

  28. BucEmUp Says:

    By far most talented ever, now hopefully Coach K will go back to the way he called plays before he was the head coach also if they are splitting duties him and barber I would love to see this guy in the return game

  29. Mike Johnson Says:

    I’m personally glad..elated to see our Bucs get away from so many, STATE products. There are so many schools out there with great players other than Fl and the SEC. Thats right..I said it!! Jones is going to be one of the best backs in Buc history. Just wait and see. He’s got..the JUICE!!

  30. Kobe Faker Says:

    peyton Barber is a stud vs 199er

    u think 199 can pass block and also with klueless demands of pass blocking?

    199 cant catch and his technique catching with his belly instead of his hands is elementary level

    in the new nfl you need 3 down backs that can do it all and makes the oc unpredictable in his playcalling

    running into the gut with barber and sweeps with 199er is stupidity

    peyton barber will be a 1k rusher and his hands are very good

    Kobe the Parrot

  31. Jeffbuc Says:

    Your Bama highlight is suppose to show what? He had three guys on him every time he touched the ball. And that was 2016 tape he was 19 years old. But I did see even against the great Bama d if you give it to him enough he will break one like he did. So he looked like he ran hard and did all he could do on every play. A runningback can’t make three people miss on every run. Even the greatest running backs of all time you can pick out game film where they don’t do anything in a game. You have to look at the whole season. And 1600 yards and 15 tds says he is a damn good back.

  32. JA Says:

    Agree with everything you said except the Jones was only 18 years old in 2016.

  33. Bucamania Says:

    Finally a RB that scares opposing defenses! That should change things. Jim Mora said he was terrified every time Rojo got the ball. Said they had a game plan just for Rojo, Absolutely loved him.

  34. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    @Harry in Costa Rica
    Unknown to some Bucs Fans, Vita Vea was a freaking running back in High School!
    I watched some tape on him laying some defenders out, with his stiff arm!
    LOL, 41 reps in the bench press tends to do that!

    I like the RoJo pick, because Guice had warning signs written all over him, including some that were suppressed by his school.

  35. SOEbuc Says:

    Add another violent monster to the o-line in the fourth. Preferably one with long red hair.

  36. CP10 Says:

    Entire highlight reel on buccaneer site is ten yard gains but one long run where he got run down. He runs a 4.65 which out line backers are faster. You are hyping mediocre. 1500 yards means nothing in nfl ask Tebow

  37. NFLNut Says:

    He ran that 4.65 with a pulled hamstring goof

    He’s run under 4.40 in the past from what I’ve read and was a track star .. the kid can FLY!

  38. Joel Says:

    Barber doubters? Unbelievable.

  39. teacherman777 Says:


    great video to analyze.

    Bama is MEAN!!

  40. Rob in Land O Lakes Says:

    @destinjohnny: Great video. It’s 2016, but it tells us a few things. First, if our OL plays like garbage, he’s going to get destroyed. If we can get some push from the interior, RoJoII is going to be fine. I don’t think it’s a stretch to see what Koetter is likely to do and that is go 2TE with Barber to pound on defenses and then go 3WR with RoJoII as your RB.