About Ronald Jones And Catching

May 14th, 2018

Pass-catching abilities studied.

No, Bucs second round pick running back Ronald Jones didn’t catch the ball much. Partially because he wasn’t thrown the ball much.

And why would USC, where Jones played, call on Jones for catching the ball when he averaged over six yards a carry in college?

That is not to suggest Jones wasn’t thrown to. But if his college stats bear out in the NFL, Bucs fans have little to no reason to fret about Jones being just the opposite of Charles Sims.

And in a moment of fairness, Joe has to give credit to the PFF tribe. They documented each pass play Jones was involved with last year. It seems Jones has no issues catching.

@PFF_Buccaneers: #Bucs second round pick @rojo only dropped one of his 15 targets last season! He gained 186 yards and 1 TD through the air in 2017.

Catching 14 of 15 targets? Joe will take those odds any day.

Imagine that, a dual-threat running back. Brings a smile to Joe’s normally sour Bucs face.

17 Responses to “About Ronald Jones And Catching”

  1. Bnomo Says:

    RJ, not an OJ.

    Go Bucs.

  2. Bird Says:

    We haven’t been a team that has run screens in years ? ever? They ran some for Dunn.

    We have guys in place to get this done. Especially is kappa comes on strong and take other guard spot. Hopefully , koetter is in the lab right now creating some monsters

  3. feelthepewterpower Says:

    He’ll get better in time. The year before that he had like 3 or four drops on like ten targets. He has to catch the ball cleaner…..I saw a highlight of him catching the ball in rookie mini camp but not with a bobble.

  4. feelthepewterpower Says:

    err, but not without a bobble…which he seems to do a lot of his catches.

  5. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Perhaps he tries to catch the ball with his body, rather than catching it out front of his body………………..

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Run some 2 back sets with Rojo & Sims…….

  7. DWE Says:

    He may not have caught 14 out 15, but he had only 1 drop. Who knows how many he caught.

  8. crazylocha Says:

    186÷14=13.28 yards per catch. What was the Bucs average RB catch last year? 2 years?

  9. SammyRebel Says:

    Very excited for Jones Jr, he’ll get the sticks carried, also yes Cappa should claim that right guard spot and we should just cut Sweezy give him his 1.8 mil guarenteed and be gone with him, never liked the idea of signing.a 7th round pick to a 30 million dollar deal anyways

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    Get ROJO the ball with a couple blocks in front of him and it will be time to – FIRE THE CANNONS! – TD Tampa Bay!!!

  11. webster Says:

    @ bird

    I am not sure what team you have been watching but the bucs run screens with sims etc.

  12. Bucamania Says:

    Rojo will be more than fine in the receiving department.

    Meanwhile Sony Michel caught all of 9 passes last year (22 the year before) and he’s heralded as this dual threat RB.

  13. Jaykpatel Says:

    Rick Stroud had a different take on hos show this morning, reporting from rookie mini camp. Thoughts?

  14. Joe Says:


    Didn’t listen to it. Just simply passing along that Jones missed on pass targeted to him in college.

  15. Bucwatcher Says:

    Duke running back will beat out tap dancing Sims.

  16. Batman Wood Says:

    Rather have Shaun Wilson beat out Quizz than Sims.

  17. Owlykat Says:

    This is going to be a season to root for our team. Our Defense will harass our opponents and stop their runs in their tracks and will get our explosive Offense the ball a lot more plays than they ran last year. But don’t expect them to sweep the first three games. It will take awhile to get it all in sync, especially if Koetter refuses to run real scrimmages to get them in sync before their opening game. Koetter needs to be better on his play calling, his time management, scoring in the red zone, and making good adjustments during half time. Jameis needs to let someone else fire up the team at the beginning of games so he doesn’t build up so much Adrenalin he overthrows his passes and misses early scoring chances.