RoJo In Top-10

October 14th, 2020

Among NFL leaders.

Joe is so happy to write the following because it means a Bucs player is having a much better season than most sober people believed.

Bucs running back Ronald Jones is No. 8 in the NFL in rushing. That’s right! RoJo was No. 7 prior to last night’s Bills-Titans game but Tennessee monster Derrick Henry leapfrogged RoJo with 57 yards rushing.

(Henry also Conti’ed Bills corner Josh Norman. “SIT DOWN, Waldo!”)

RoJo currently has 359 yards in five games, a total sandwiched between Ezekiel Elliott and Kareem Hunt.

Joe wrote earlier how it is unlikely the Bucs make a run at malcontent running back Le’Veon Bell who the Jets cut last night. He’s very likely to clear waivers and could be had cheap. But the way RoJo is running, and there’s still Leonard Fournette lurking, it is unlikely the Bucs pick up the phone for Bell because — gasp! — they don’t need him (or his antics).

Yes, Joe has been harsh on RoJo because until just recently, RoJo never demonstrated (in Joe’s eyes) that he was a starting NFL running back. Though it took him some 30 games and well into his third year, RoJo has finally turned a corner.

Good for RoJo!

21 Responses to “RoJo In Top-10”

  1. 813bucboi Says:

    rojo top 10 in rushing?……

    i thought we didnt run the ball enough….lol…

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  2. Mitch Says:

    I am also glad for RoJo. I always thought his growth and production was initially delayed because of the combination that he was only 20 years old as a rookie, and Dirk Koetters serious trust issues with rookie running backs. I hope he continues to build on this early season successes and develops into a mainstay here in Tampa.

  3. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    I love Rojo. If he could develop some hands through, it would make home a 3 down back and it could more of a disguise to the defense about what’s coming. If he doesn’t develop some hands he may lose his spot to Fournette or Vaughn.

  4. No Risk It No Biscuit Says:


    Go ROJO!!!!!! Go!!!!!!

  5. Mike Says:

    Rojo has had a serious case of the drops last few games. However, I think he can catch the football, it seems it’s just a matter of concentration.

  6. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    I must say I am pleasantly surprised, but then, he is 3rd all time at USC in Rushing.
    IMHO, had we kept feeding him the ball against the Bears, we would have won that game.

  7. D-Rome Says:

    It’s still early in the season and RoJo is a rare case. There are several positions in football where the issues you see in their rookie year tend to be the same a few years down the road. I’ll be a believer when I see him play an entire season and rushes for over 1000 yards.

  8. Youngbucs Says:

    Mike he’s definitely had some big drops lately

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The record shows it’s all about the number of carries Rojo gets….I also think having Brady at QB has taken some of the predictability out of our offensive playcalling.
    Adding Gronk & Wirfs has helped also….but Rojo could always run if he had any blocking.

  10. Bobby M. Says:

    He has to put together a season….and then a few more. Right now he’s Earnest Graham, flashes of ability but overall production that’s avg. He’s definitely improved on his running for positive yds vs trying to bounce/break everything outside and ending up going nowhere. Take the 3..4..5 yds vs trying to bust the big one and barely getting 1 yd. That’s been the thing that has stood out to me lately. He’s moving forward consistently.

  11. SB Says:

    Run ROJO on 4th and 1 instead of kicking that fieldgoal late and we win.
    I think TBBF has been right all along. Rojo never got enough touches.

  12. AtlBuc Says:

    Joe! Are you saying I’m not sober because I said in this blog that ROJO would be top 3 this year? And, I don’t know how you did not see it because last year he has several long beautiful runs called back because of holding penalties. And, on a lot of runs he was just a shoestring tackle away from breaking it. So, coming back physically stronger really helped his production

  13. rrsrq Says:

    I still think it came down to opportunity, but I guess that trust had to be earned, which DK never gave him a chance because the Bucs had such stellar RB at the time he was drafted. Didn’t I see a Jeremy “Snoop” McNichols siting on the Titans last night. This is the typical thing that will happen, Rojo will leave saying he never got the opportunity here and will thrive somewhere else.

  14. FanO’Bucs Says:

    Good for Jones.

  15. PTWalk Says:

    Since last year it’s been about number of touches for Rojo. Go look at his highlights from last yr.

  16. Owlykat Says:

    He is better this year because he built up his body with new muscle and weighs 225 pounds and is better at breaking tackles and has not lost any speed either.
    He still isn’t perfect catching passes but he is better now. At his new weight he should be better blocking too. If yes he can play on third down too. He will have competition from Fournette for carries and I think that has forced Rojo to improve so much so quick. Competition always helps! And it is great to have another option if Rojo gets injured.

  17. Rob in Land O Lakes Says:


  18. Ivan The Insider Says:


    “Jameis didn’t have a running game!”

    It’s obvious that Tom Brady, being a far superior QB than Winston, makes the play-action work better as well as keeps Defenses off-balance not knowing when a run may or may not come.

    Much of the improvement to our running game is simply because Brady is a better QB. No question about it.

  19. unbelievable Says:

    The kid is 23.

    Not that weird that it took him a bit.

    Also, maybe you didn’t notice but Wirfs and Gronk make a big difference in the run game. We’ve also had tight end on the left side of the line quite a bit this season.

  20. Buczilla Says:

    I’ve bashed this dude plenty in the past and I’m thrilled that he’s making me look like a dumba$$.

  21. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Told you!!! I was right about Dean too!! He should be starting!! The only problems he has are learning curves that he learns QUICKLY!!!