Explosive Plays II

May 11th, 2018

Explosive with a crease.

Some more insight into running backs and explosive plays.

Yes, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter craves explosive plays. And, at least on the guy’s resume, rookie Ronald Jones is one giant explosive play waiting to happen.

This is sort of stat-geeky so leave it to none other than the PFF tribe to invent a stat. It seems if Jones gets a crease, it’s a major play.

The PFF tribe documented runs where some of the top backs in the draft got a crease, or ran for five yards before contact. Whenever Jones got a five-yard head start, dude defined “explosive.” He averaged 20 yards a run. In other words, when he got daylight, Jones threw it into overdrive.

That is better Sony Michel and Saquon Barkley.

Koetter defines an explosive play as a running play of 12 yards or longer, or a pass play of 16 yards or longer.

Joe sure hopes a coach like Koetter who thirsts for explosive plays doesn’t quibble with Jones’ perceived inability to block as well as Donovan Smith and, as a result, parks Jones on the sidelines.

25 Responses to “Explosive Plays II”

  1. Lamarcus Says:

    Given the track record this might be Koetter’s version of what Chuck Sims was supposed to be. Talent wise he should be starter day 1. Expect Screen City!!!

  2. Bucco bruce Says:


  3. DB55 Says:

    DB55 Says:
    March 16th, 2018 at 9:31 pm
    Will Hernandez and Rashad Penny will work too. I like Jones from USC too he reminds me of CJ2k

  4. DB55 Says:


    Oh man I forgot koetter is the screen king. Have you seen Whitehead’s highlights? He’s just as “explosive” as Ron Jones Jr. Whitehead can fly with the ball.

    If koetter is smart he may have enough playmakers to overcome the eventual 2nd half defensive collapse led by non other than …….

  5. Waterboy Says:

    I’m real excited about the Ro-Jo pick he reminds me of Shady McCoy! Prior to the draft I watched film on him and thought he look pretty impressive but I couldn’t get past the 4.65 40 time. It wasn’t until after the draft that I watched the clip of him running the 40 and realized that he pulled up with an injury during his run. If Koetter chooses not to play him much he’ll be nice and fresh for the new coach next season.

  6. Waterboy Says:

    By the way I’m going on the record now to say that NY made a mistake drafting Barkley at number 2. I like his versatility but I didn’t see enough consistency in his film and not enough plays where he put the shoulders down and pounded out an extra couple of yards. They relied a lot on his speed and ability to get to the edge in that offense. I’m definitely interested to see how he performs in the NFL but I don’t see the next Zeke Elliott. I didn’t watch all of their games but just going by stats Ro-Jo had a lot more consistency than Barkley.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    Waterboy, Elliott averaged 5.1 YPC rushing in 2016. That fell to a more pedestrian 4.1 YPC in 2017. So what changed? Did Zeke run into the renowned ‘sophomore slump’? Perhaps. Did the opposing defenses figure out his tendencies & adjust accordingly? Probably. Did his OLine change? Yes, and that I would surmise was the biggest factor. Dallas had a very experienced RT named Doug Free who retired after 2016. I’d almost bet that he played a role for the young Cowboys’ OLine similar to the role (leadership) Mankins played for us. Their experienced LG Ron Leary also moved on to Denver. Sounds an awful lot like what the Bucs went through in 2016 (changes at 2 OLine positions & a corresponding dropoff in RB performance?). Coincidence? I think not.

  8. Jason Mclaurin Says:

    I just feel he should come off the bench to start the season so he can get used to NFL contact. Kinda like how the Saints have brought Kamara along or the Panthers with McCaffrey. He is a running back and will take licks so why not bring along slowly and see what we really got in Barber. It will be great competition this summer for all the starting positions even RB. RoJo and Barber is a perfect switch of pace dual backfield.

  9. gilhealy Says:

    DB55, I thought the same thing. Whitehead is explosive. I can see Monken using him offensively for sure. He’s a baller!

  10. passthebuc Says:

    Many speak of having an every down back..
    I would like to have interchangeable backs that can stay fresh.

  11. Stanglassman Says:

    McCaffery & Kamara rushing attempts only slightly increased as the season progressed and both started game 1. I don’t think the Bucs see ROJO as a 2-12 touch a game guy(s) like them. They are both very good 3rd down backs. So good they try to find ways of getting them the ball in more creative ways.
    I believe the Bucs expect Jones to be able to be a three down back. Carry the load if need be. What he’s gonna need to work on is route running and pass pro because it wasn’t something he did much at USC.

  12. Bird Says:

    ROJO is a 100 meter track guy . Ran 10.3 to 10.5 so once he gets going ……bye Bye

    Not necessarily the fastest 40 guy. Still ran 4.4 something at pro day. He is pretty dang fast. He will put on another 5 plus lbs to frame but stay “licht ” enough to keep speed

    Stoked he is a buc. We will see what happens with guice but seems most teams not interested after his recent antics.

  13. Evolvingbucfan Says:

    Just hope they don’t use Barber and Rojo for specific plays and the defense just saying here comes the screen, here comes they play action, here comes the run up the middle ect. Us not having a running game sure didn’t help last season which did limit us alot. Barber and RoJo should definitely help when used correctly.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Our RBs have been caught from behind for years…..as have most of our receivers….will be nice to see him take it to the house….

    We need screen city with Rojo, Sims and WR screens with Djax.

  15. I Bleed Pewter and Red Says:

    If Winston is handing the ball off, RoJo won’t have to block. j/s

  16. Kobe Faker Says:

    Bellcow, workhorse, starter with 20+ carries per game?

    At 200 lbs , this kid will be 99.7% lighter than any defensive player on the field this year

    Soft tissue injuries already…..

    “Peyton Barber” Kobe Faker

    “Im not sure if its a good thing when poster Kobe Faker is complimenting me”

    Peyton Barber

  17. Not there yet Says:

    Love what he was in college but these stats are the kind of irrelevant junk stats that waste time

    Stats reset to zero Barkley and rojo were electric but doesn’t matter now because all 11 defenders are on their level, in college unless your playing Alabama you aren’t playing against 11 NFL defenders.

    I’m excited for rojo but because of his potential not what he did in college, I doubt it’ll be that easy on the next level, none of them are going to be averaging 6 yards a carry

  18. Waterboy Says:

    @Defense Rules
    I agree Zeke dropped off a bit last season and the trenches are the most important part of a football team but I was comparing Zeke’s Ohio State film to Barkley’s. I think Barkley will be decent but not worth a #2 pick.

  19. Bucfan@3 Says:

    The guy can run between the tackles which is cool. But I want to see how well he can do space and in the screen game. He hasn’t done much in the passing game in college because he was primarily a runner. But if he can be a dual threat and give us some speed out of the backfield he will be fun to watch.

  20. 813bucboi Says:

    im more worried about dirk not running the ball vs jones performance…..I know what he can do with the ball in his hands….but will dirk feed him?….


  21. Kobe Faker Says:

    Fat Zeke and the Dallas cowgirls are a Disaster

    Fatboy Zekes days are over

    overweight and slow

    Dak will be exposed this year

  22. DB55 Says:

    Not there yet

    Jones Jr vs Alabama 2016

    7 carries for 46 yards.

  23. Duke Says:

    Dak will exposed this year…..Kobe.

    Wow, you think more than last year?

    Exposed..any.more is going to require rubber gloves.

  24. BucEmUp Says:

    Great job as always by Jason Licht and scouts.

  25. Erik w/ Clean Athletics Says:

    Want to know what Rojo is going to look like in the NFL? Watch these early Jamaal Charles NFL highlights.

    These guys are Basically the exact same RB. https://youtu.be/Q0f-6GIreRA