Much Bigger Fish To Fry

May 12th, 2018

Joe can understand if some rookies get caught up in the moment.

Since they were children they worked and sweated and bled for years to get where they are. Yeah, the draft is cool but that, in many ways, is window dressing.

Yesterday, Bucs running back Ronald Jones was talking about how it moved him to finally put on an NFL practice jersey with a real honest-to-goodness NFL helmet in an NFL locker room.

So Joe asked him what it was like to know he reached his goal to be on an NFL roster. Jones didn’t really like the question and politely set Joe straight.

“I haven’t arrived yet,” Jones said. “This is still a work in progress.”

Pretty good answer. Jones understands there is much work to be done. Shoot, he hasn’t even suited up for a preseason game yet.

That will come. Along with more work.

23 Responses to “Much Bigger Fish To Fry”

  1. jmarkbuc Says:


    Sounds like a #WALKTHEWALK guy to me!!

    Right on!!

  2. Casual Observer Says:

    So many UDFA and tryout guys on the field today. With just a slim chance. Don’t know why, but I feel for them. They know they have almost no hope but still work hard.

  3. SB Says:

    Lovin’ the attitude!

  4. Ben the GA Buc Says:

    Couldn’t have answered any better. Shows humility AND confidence.

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    RoJo’s response reminds me of Derrick Brooks who constantly said he approached each year with the attitude that he had to work hard just to earn a spot on the roster. Take nothing for granted.

  6. Pickgrin Says:

    Perfect answer.

    Doesn’t sound like THIS running back is very likely to get behind with his playbook memorization…

  7. SHOOTERS Says:

    ant update on igwebuike he had a 4th round safety grade?

  8. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    He’s a bad man, with the rock in his hand

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Please Joe……ease off calling these UDFA future Insurance Adjusters and UPS drivers this year…

    These guys are fighting tough odds to achieve their dreams and only a few do…like your favorite Freddie Martino, the lounge singer…..

    Show respect please.

    As for ROJO… prima donna

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    Man – even the practice jersey numbers are ugly…

    Guess these guys have to get used to wearing reasonable semblances of their ultimate fate every day so as to not laugh/cry/puke looking at each other or in a mirror while donning the game day Burger King/Alarm Clock inspired clown suits known as Buccaneer uniforms.

    If a Glazer or a Glazer’s stooge happens to be reading this – hear me now:


  11. Dewey Selmon Says:

    I saw the interview, It was a legit question. I wouldn’t say he didn’t like it. He actually started to answer it then corrected himself sounding humble.

  12. jmarkbuc Says:


    I second that emotion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. DR FEELGOOD Says:

    Watched a lot of ACC ball because my daughter goes to FSU, but I’m a Bama fan/SEC man at heart. I love Ronald Jones, but don’t sleep on Shaun Wilson, the UFA running back from Duke. He can return kicks and I could easily see him as our #3 RB this year over Simms. #4 at worst. Again, he can return kicks and add excellent RB depth, which I think we actually have now (finally). Go Bucs!!

  14. TampaTown Says:

    Reminds me of what Derrick Brooks used to say. “I’m just trying to make the team.”

  15. Capt.Tim Says:

    Great answers are easy. The Bucs( and every other NFL team) hire guys to do nothing but coach this young men on the right answers.

    I think Mr.Jones will provide the right answers on Sundays- Along with Mr.Barber.

    Thats when the important questions will get asked!

  16. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Love the answer! The dream isn’t fulfilled until you take a snap in a regular season game. He hasn’t made it yet. It’s like Tom Brady’s attitude. No matter what he’s accomplished he enters every season like he needs to prove himself to make the team. When the best player has that attitude, other players have no choice but to follow or get embarrassed in practice. Winston has that fire too. That’s why he’ll make it!

  17. unbelievable Says:

    Preach it puckgrin!

    Jerseys are terrible!

  18. teacherman777 Says:

    @casual observor

    Thanks for the positive and compassionate comment!

    We need more compassion in the world.

    I feel for all these guys! For most, their dreams will die and their hearts will break. Its very sad indeed!!

    Where is your love TampaBay??

    Be like Jesus. Be like Buddha. Be like Bob Marley.

    Spread love!!

  19. lambchop Says:

    I’m digging the mentality of RoJO, he’s not trying to just make an NFL roster, he wants to contribute. Get it!

  20. jjbucfan Says:

    I want the Orange creamsicles back, be proud of where we came from, stop trying to erase history and instead restore tradition.

  21. BucEmUp Says:

    That’s the best mindset anyone can have….especially a rookie.

    Now if only Mike Smith would realize that he has never made it as a good NFL DC (without running Del Rios scheme) maybe he would adjust and improve as a coach. But his inability to adjust I’m game (CALLED OUT BY HIS OWN FORMER PLAYERS) has made it impossible to be optimistic.

    The offense on the other hand I am feeling good about. I think Jameis learned.a.valuable lesson in slowing down his mind on the field by watching ftiz.last season and this kid is a 60 yard td run waiting to happen. Love his mindset

  22. Owlykat Says:

    I see Jones as the closest to the capabilities of Penny and Jones is about the same build, weight, height, speed, and elusiveness as Penny, who went much higher than Jones, and that means Jones will have similar explosiveness to Penny, so I am thrilled we were able to land Jones in the top of the second round. Thank goodness Licht used his top 2d round pick for Jones.

  23. Owlykat Says:

    I also am glad to hear the Duke RB is able to return kicks. We need a better returner who can get us better field position, and it so happens we need a RB to replace Quizz, who lost a step or two last year and should not have been resigned. The Duke RB or Huff should give us a better number four RB than Quizz and can save us some salary money too that will be a big issue next year when we have to do long term contracts on Jameis and a number of our top players who otherwise could be signed by other teams as prime free agents. We likely will have to trade off DJax for high draft picks or a top Guard so we can make Cappa a Tackle. If McCoy doesn’t at last become a double digit sacker with no double teams we may need to trade him off too for payroll purposes.