Dirk Koetter Calls “Juice” On Jones

May 11th, 2018

Pass protection was on the docket for Bucs rookie running back Ronald Jones today at rookie minicamp

Dirk Koetter was talking about his new running back in a somewhat guarded tone today.

Rightfully so.

Old school Koetter is not about to go all-in verbally in May on a second-round pick who has plenty to learn.

Koetter called Jones a “complement” to Peyton Barber but acknowledged his “juice”was evident on the fields of One Buc Palace during today’s rookie minicamp.

“Well, Ronald is what we thought. I mean, you can see that the guy has juice,” Koetter said.

“I’m sure everybody out here saw that when he touches the ball, he’s got a gear that, you know, we don’t have on our team right now. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a lot to learn, but you can definitely see – you can see that from his USC tape, but it’s great to see him out here and see him in our colors.”

… All running backs coming into the NFL have work to do mostly in protection. Most colleges don’t have a whole lot that they ask these guys to do protection-wise, but he is going to do fine. He will get it.”

Jones sure does have that young, electric energy in his legs, the kind that hasn’t been around One Buc Palace in a while. (No, Joe never believed Doug Martin had it last spring even though Bucs officials said he looked as good as ever.)

Joe did see Jones drop a ball today, though Koetter said he did a nice job overall with the basic passes and routes.

Day 1 of rookie minicamp. Rather meaningless stuff. But it’s all fun to absorb. The rookies continue tomorrow and have their first practice with the veterans next week.

14 Responses to “Dirk Koetter Calls “Juice” On Jones”

  1. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Interesting number he’s wearing?

  2. Alan T Barlow Says:

    Please forgive me for not getting on the hype train yet! Been disappointed too many times. Preseason game I’ll decide then. Question when do fans get to look/see the team practicing? Rhetorical question, something you could find out!

  3. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Gonna have to get used to a #22 not getting caught from behind.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Every time I hear “juice” and think California, I’m thinking OJ….and I don’t mean Orange Juice…..

  5. BigHogHaynes Says:

    You mean NOT GUILTY OJ?

  6. SB Says:

    Good OLs make average RBs look GREAT!
    Let us all Hope that there is an acceptable mixture here.

  7. Duke Says:

    No biggie,

    Two time found guilty o.j. The actor.

  8. Pickgrin Says:

    “Day 1 of rookie minicamp. Rather meaningless stuff”

    Hardly. It’s the 1st day of hopefully long careers for the likes of Vea, ROJO, Stewart, Davis, Cappa, Whitehead, Watson, Cinchy and a select couple of UDFAs.

    It’s also the 2nd to last day of hanging onto hope for even a chance at an NFL career for about 45 other players – most of whom will be left contemplating next week what to do with their “life after football”.

    Big things at stake for all involved in today’s “meaningless” practice.

  9. SB Says:

    I agree Pick, there is Nothing “meaningless” about today to these kids unless they don’t care.

  10. I’m a Tandyman Bucs Fan Says:

    Think he needs to change his#!!!

  11. BucEmUp Says:

    His best quality aside from his physical talent is probably his lack of stoner snoop dog nephew mentality. HOW’S NEPHEW DOIN SNOOP?

  12. Ga. Buc fan 42years Says:

    Joe saw him drop the ball today… Was it pass play or a fumble? I noticed in his highlight reel that he carries the ball loose and away from his body/ Need to coach that out of him pronto!

  13. Architek Says:

    This staff wouldn’t know “juice” if they spilled in on Koetter desk.

    Just develop him and focus on what he can do well instead of trying to force to be all around as a rookie!

  14. Owlykat Says:

    Reminds me of Cadillac Williams whose shoes were put in the hall of Fame after his first year. Jones has that great breakaway speed that can take it all the way on any given play, that has been missing from the Bucs. He badly needs to perfect his blocking, because otherwise we’ll be inserting Charles Sims on third down so every one knows it will be a pass. He can’t run between the Tackles, but Jones can be a threat to run they have to fear if he is in there on third down which makes it tougher to try and defend both the pass and the run.