Ronald Jones Talks Jameis, “Messed Up” Expectations, Mike Evans & More

July 12th, 2018

Ronald Jones opens up. (Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Still just 20 years old, rookie running back Ronald Jones has 2 1/2 months under his belt as a Buccaneer and he’s formed several opinions about his new team.

They were captured in the video below from Kendrick E. Johnson. Jones was cornered while volunteering at a youth camp in Texas recently. The No. 38 overall pick often is viewed as a west-coast guy out of the University of Southern California, but he’s a Texan to the core.

There are several nuggets in the video (you’ll hear them if you can deal with the background wind messing with the audio). Joe found it most interesting how Jones has great reverence for the leadership and talent of Mike Evans.


27 Responses to “Ronald Jones Talks Jameis, “Messed Up” Expectations, Mike Evans & More”

  1. DSmith Says:

    He dropped the ball again

  2. JameisNOT Says:

    Dude better bulk up or he won’t make it through the 3rd game of the season.

  3. bradinator Says:

    Can’t wait to see this kid run the football. Big change of pace from everyone we’ve had in the last few years. Good interview, thanks, Joe!

  4. Destinjohnny Says:

    Glad to have him, but he is a 3rd down back due to his size
    I would have drafted Guice over mj,and then we would have had a proper stable

  5. Brion Says:

    DSmith = wrong.I hate all the criticism of Ronald’s hands even before he sees the field. Man, I’m psyched to see this guy play. When was the last time we had a “home run” threat at running back? Hint: Water cooler talk involved the intricacies of the Ross/ Rachel relationship.

  6. Buc50 Says:

    Can’t be 3rd down back if he has suspect hands. Good thing about that is that it’s correctable. You can’t teach speed and he has loads of that.

  7. Robert Says:

    seems like a staight up guy. hope he plays as well as he comes across

  8. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Heh. He fumbled during the interview. A sign of things to come?

    I suspect Joe will want a first round RB again next year.

    But for the love of g0d, can people stop complaining about not taking Guice???

    So you didn’t get the guy you wanted. It’s over. Move on. If he means that much to you, switch to follow his current team. But if the Bucs come first, it’s time to get behind them and become the 12th man!

  9. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Great Interview! I like the speed and attitude he brings to Tampa. Miss him, and he is gone to the house.
    I am so excited for this year, I can’t wait for the season to start.
    I think our D Line is going to be a strength this year, instead of a weakness.

    Someone please tell Kendrick E. Johnson to get a windscreen for his microphone.

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    Go ROJO GO!

    Nice find Joe.

  11. stpetebucsfan Says:

    This guy has the chance to be a legitimate STAR in this league yet here we have fans already tearing him down.

    Not big enough to play three downs. Hand’s won’t let him be a third down back and he’s not big enough to be an every down back.

    Soooo…size…really? Not saying ROJO is the next Barry Sanders but Barry was
    5-8 200 lbs. ROJO is 5-11 207. Again not saying ROJO is the next coming of Barry Sanders but who is….he does have a similar style.

    What matters is the ability to create your own space in confined areas, and that stems from vision and agility—traits that Jones showed at USC.

    ROJO is not Guice!!! Guice cannot do all that ROJO can and ROJO is not the power back that Guice is. There is more than one way to succeed. Again Barry Sanders was not a Derrius Guice.

    Barber is about to blossom as our “power” runner. ROJO is going to be the guy who can find the cracks of space and then accelerate and perhaps take it to the house.

    I can’t believe how some of you guys have already quit on ROJO and he hasn’t played a single snap for us yet.

  12. Etzel Says:

    Kareem Hunt led the league in rushing last year weighing a whopping 201. But yeah, 3rd down back only… Is that Dirk’s burner account???

  13. Buc50 Says:

    @Etzel exactly…every time I read 3rd down back, it makes me angry. Put the guy on the freaking field and lets see what he can do. Besides, we are already expected to lose the first 3 games so why not give him all the touches he can handle.

  14. pepsi Says:

    @Etzel – Hunt may have weighed 201 at some point in college, but by the time the senior bowl came around he was over 210. at the combine he bulked up to 216lbs, and when the NFL season came around he was even bigger. He was most likely playing at 220lbs.

  15. The Buc Realist Says:

    stpetebucsfan Says:
    “I can’t believe how some of you guys have already quit on ROJO and he hasn’t played a single snap for us yet.”

    StPete, These are the so-called fans that quit on NFL GM Licht a week before free-agency started!!!!!!!!!

    These are the same sheep that had Coach Gruden back as head coach before the end of the season last year!!!!!!!!

    These are the same so-called fans that scream about “accountability” to fire all the defensive coaches after one bad distracted and injured year with a limited roster!!!!!!!!

  16. Etzel Says:

    False. There were articles when Hunt came out about him struggling with his weight at Toledo. Weighing up to 237 (obviously can’t share the link). He’s been getting smaller over his career.

  17. Pete I Says:

    A key piece for sure.

  18. 813bucboi Says:

    guice was my first choice….rojo was my #2….

    we’ll see if licht got it right….


  19. BucNole Says:

    Some of you moes are out in left filed over Rojo’s size

    See: Kamara, Alvin NFL lists him as 5′ 10″ 215lbs
    See: Hunt, Kareem listed at 5′ 11″ 216 lbs

    Was this their playing weight I dont know – but if they could bulk up before the season so can Jones.
    Not saying he will be as good or better than them – but to suggest his is somehow undersized is dumb

  20. Kobe Faker Says:

    our backup 199lber is a bust…

    2018 draft will be known as the draft we passed two 10 year starter all pros

    derwin James and Derrius Guice …

    for bunch of backups

  21. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Evans: Talent? Yes. Leader? No. He’s still got too many strikes against him regarding his temper and stupid decisions to say he fits that bill. He may get there over time, but fresh off of a season where he got penalties and suspension for being unprofessional….hurting his team…he’s not a leader.

    Those he’s closer to being a leader than Winston who has hurt his team, yet again.

  22. Donuts Says:

    Lol. Derwin James….the next Ronnie Lott. Ok Pinocchio. Prepare to be very wrong.

    ROJO been told since high school he is too small. Ask UCLA and the rest of PAC 12 if Jones is too small…this guy is going to surprise Buc fans and give them a reason to cheer.

  23. Guzzie Says:

    Kobe faker don’t forget Isiah Oliver instead of MJ Stewart

  24. Trench War Says:

    He may be diminutive but with that usually enhances their elusiveness, and speed. Let’s just hope he can take the NFL pounding. I guess the ideal situation would be to never be tackled, but we know that will never happen. Hopefully RoJo, who is similar in measurements to Alvin Kamara, will be every bit of what he showed in college.

  25. Pryda... sec147 Says:

    I hope he stays healthy and complements barber till he is ready to take over

  26. Tampaspicer Says:

    ROJO is my favorite pic of this years draft by the Bucs. I’m excited to see him play this season.

  27. Bucsfan951 Says:

    The Texas Tesla!