Bruce Arians: Ronald Jones Shining Through 4 Practices

May 21st, 2019

RoJo! RoJo! RoJo!


There’s a lot of love at One Buc Palace for the Bucs’ 21-year-old running back.

The great draft bust of 2018 is thriving in May, after a good April, per various Buccaneers employees.

Ronald Jones looks good in practice and was a standout last week, Bucco Bruce Arians said after practice today. Joe asked the head coach who was shining following his review of three days worth of practice film last week.

Arians went right to Jones.

“Some really young players really stepped up, especially Ronald Jones,” Arians said. “He had a really good day today. I really enjoy watching him where he’s at right now.”

Joe followed up to ask what he can assess from Jones and running backs without pads, and Arians said Jones is showcasing excellent vision.

Arians noted that while there were just nine running plays during today’s session, Jones’ strong cutbacks were special.

44 Responses to “Bruce Arians: Ronald Jones Shining Through 4 Practices”

  1. Todd Says:

    Heard he wasn’t the smartest cat. Learning the playbook didn’t come easy for him. But BA is the smart kind of coach who will optimize strengths…I just hope everyone stays healthy until the work these kids are doing can be showcased.

  2. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete (formerly known as 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans') *Realist, louden, & tmax are the worst posters ever!!! Says:

    Rojo WILL BE the next Jamaal Charles. Watch.

  3. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    I absolutely agree that rojo can shine through 7 on 7 no pads football he could probably an all american in the 7 on 7 leagues but then he gets that allergy and real football doesnt work. Allergic to getting tackled in the NFL and being a tin man not great for the nfl

  4. Bruce Blahak Says:

    McCoy is released and everything changes…living proof 🙂

  5. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    I’ve really been holding onto my hope for Jones. In that pic he seems to have put on some weight, which is a plus. I think a few big runs can bring some confidence and that is key. Hope BA is right and this young guy is coming along. I like Barber, he just needs some help. RoJo has a burst that can create big plays and that what our running game desperately needs.

  6. FireJasonLicht Says:

    I’ve seen this kid play a ton he has the talent. I was excited af when we drafted him. USC runs a pro style offense so I dont think he was close to being as dumb as snoop Mcplaybook. He jus needed to get serious about his craft and learning a new scheme. Seems lazor focused and he has a real coaching staff behind him.

  7. Stonedbuc Says:

    Rojo rojo a buccaneers life for me 🏴‍☠️

  8. 813bucboi Says:

    just from the photo above he looks bigger and more capable of break tackles….glad to hear the positives…..i just hope it translates to the field once pads come on….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  9. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Probably the worst implementation of a rookie RB I’ve seen really.. and I had to hope he really just wasn’t ready mentally and the coaches immediately wrote him off for it.

    His tape against great college Ds was solid. Didn’t even really have a good line at USC but would eventually break a big one if given enough cracks, and forced a lot of missed tackles/ didn’t go down off arm tackles and broke those pretty easy.

    Here’s hoping it was some fluke trash year for him and he can be Jamaal Charles 2.0

  10. tmaxcon Says:

    the birds are louder today the sun is brighter there is finally hope in bucland… it took too long but the leader of loser culture is gone and now these young kids get a chance to be great!

  11. rrsrq Says:

    He has to be good, we might need to put up 40 the first quarter of the season until the defense comes along, it may take a minute for the defense.

  12. Anonymous Says:

    Hope he’s still good in Sept.

  13. tmaxcon Says:

    rrsrq Says:
    May 21st, 2019 at 1:02 pm

    He has to be good, we might need to put up 40 the first quarter of the season until the defense comes along, it may take a minute for the defense.

    at least if they score 40 next year they wont have to worry about a soft cancer93 led defense blowing another 4th qtr lead handed to them

  14. miken Says:

    This is where rojo excells…. no pads and shorts!

  15. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Yayyyyy!!! Practice!!!

  16. LakeLand Says:

    Shining in shorts is what I do

    Kenny Bell

  17. Pickgrin Says:

    Jones displayed some pretty sick one step cuts in College.

    Scheme this guy into the open field and his cutting ability and speed will shine.

  18. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - City of St Pete (formerly known as 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans') ***Rhealist, louden, & tmax are the worst posters ever!!! Says:

    Yes, Please Trade Brate!

    No disrespect, but we don’t need him…

  19. Tbbucs3 Says:

    ^ What speed? The guy has no speed. He trips over himself when he gets the ball.

  20. SenileSenior Says:

    Glad to see you in a good mood, Tmax.

    There is something contagious goin’ round.

    Watch out! You might turn into an irrational idiot Bucs Fan(atic) like me. I am so stupid I come back for more every year. Hope springs eternal! [Or whatever the saying is.] 😉
    Culture Change, team=>fans
    Go Bucs!!!

    P.S. I guess I have mental diarrhea at the moment. The cliches’ are flowing profusely.

  21. SOEbuc Says:

    Why the licht haters are idiots for wanting to draft another RB in the early rounds this year. Has a much better coaching staff and he knew from the end of last year he needed to work hard in every element. Another do or die notch on Jason’s career with the Bucs.

    GO ROJO!!! GO BUCS!!!

  22. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Jameis to Rojo “How u comin’ with the playbook?”
    Rojo to Jameis “I finally learned it Bro”
    Jameis to Rojo “But that’s Koetter’s playbook”

  23. Dapostman Says:

    All unproven players must prove it in games. Hyperbole does not work in football.

  24. Bucsfanman Says:

    Wow! Just wow! So, Rojo doing well in practice (and in shorts, I might add) is directly correlated to the Bucs releasing GMC?!!
    Hopefully this silliness will end soon.

  25. T REX Says:

    9 running plays during 7 on 7 drills?



  26. BucsBandit Says:

    Anyone that watched Rojo’s few carries during his rookie year knows that he was rarely given a chance to “get going.” He was often given the ball when the D crowded the line in an obvious run situation and he had no where to go.

    How many draw plays were run with him? How often was he in on a 1st down? RARELY.

    We all know the Bucs OL isn’t that great at run blocking as well. Give this kid some holes to run through and get to the next level of a D and THEN we’ll see what he’s capable of.

    To completely call him a bust and write him off at this point is ridiculous. Guy is clearly a special athlete and DID produce consistently in college against other top schools.

  27. Darin Says:

    Great draft bust after one season led by Klueless? You guys go overboard quite a bit

  28. NOSBOS Says:

    Erik you must’ve heard something similar to what I’ve heard involving Brate. Fingers been crossed ever since.

  29. LakeLand Says:


    Why did they give Brate the contract in the first place
    Didn’t they spend a 1st on OJ
    Was he not the starting TE

  30. Cobraboy Says:

    With Koetter’s #1 criteria that a RB has to block first and foremost, why is it any surprise Jones was not developed, not to mention given any real opportunities?

  31. SOEbuc Says:


    “He was often given the ball when the D crowded the line in an obvious run situation and he had no where to go.”

    It’s called the “Koetter run game 101.” Only run play in his playbook. It was the same thing with Doug Martin the year before. Defense has stacked the box obviously knowing what we’re going to run. We run it. And next thing is LOY. I remember this because I can’t remember how many times I said “Oh no. Not the run play.” Followed by throwing my boot through my television.

    …and I’ve bought many a new television under the Koetter regime.

  32. SOEbuc Says:

    ESPN source: Bucs making one year deal with Suh

  33. Mike Johnson Says:

    Not really impresed here. Ronald Jones was shining brightly in last years
    practices too! And came up a complete zero.

  34. Joe Says:

    Not really impresed here. Ronald Jones was shining brightly in last years
    practices too!

    Which ones? Joe only missed one practice in training camp and preseason. And that was a walk-through practice. RoJo didn’t do a damn thing that Joe thought made him an NFL running back.

    However, Joe has already seen RoJo make a play in practice where it looks like he belongs. Yeah, one play. But that is an improvement.

    Baby steps.

  35. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    Dude couldn’t get in the field with Dirk because he couldn’t pass block. Dirk had his head all messed up with playbooks and blocking reads. Let the kids run instinctually and he will be fine.

  36. Wesley Says:

    This is potentially very good news.

  37. TOM Says:

    OMG are you kidding me?

  38. BucsBandit Says:

    Rojo will have a massive break-out year under Arians. You watch.

  39. Race to 10 Says:

    The great draft bust of 2018? Where do you get that nonsense?

  40. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Too early to call a kid with this kind of speed a bust.

  41. Tbbucs3 Says:


    Where is this special kind of speed coming from? He ran a 4.65 at the NFL combine and looks even slower on a football field. His best 40 was a 4.48 at a pro day and just about every skill players in the league can do that. Thats not special.

  42. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    Remember that Melvin Gordon’s rookie year with the Chargers was very underwhelming and the “bust” word was being thrown around. If RoJo can follow Gordon’s trajectory in the NFL then Licht gets a much needed bullseye hit in his list of second round draft misses.

  43. Tbbucs3 Says:

    ^ Melvin Gordans rookie year he still managed 3.5 yards per carry and actually looked athletic and in shape on the field. Something ROJO failed to do with a miserable 1.9 average and looked like a total dud on tape.

    If ROJO flashed even a hint of athletism on film last season then that’s something I could get excited about. But he looked like simply didn’t belong with slow feet and an upright passive running style.

  44. lewis Says:

    Jones was miss used by a Bad head coach that was lost and should of been fired the year before , Jones will show he belongs this season and i cant wait .