Carlton Davis Assesses Ronald Jones

November 23rd, 2020

There’s a whole lot of people throwing around the “C” word when they talk about Ronald Jones.

The beast of the Buccaneers’ backfield is having a hell of a season following a rough rookie year and a sophomore campaign that had the Bucs eager to go out and sign Leonard Fournette, LeSean McCoy and draft a running back in the Round 3.

You don’t even have to ask Bucs officials about RoJo’s confidence and they start talking about it — and how it’s very different than it was previously. It’s a somewhat strange dynamic that Joe was about to put in the rear view mirror, but then cornerback Carlton Davis brought it up on Bucs Total Access last week without being asked.

Davis was a fellow 2018 second-round pick of the Bucs with RoJo, and the Bucs’ rookie classes spend a lot of time with each other. At least they did prior to The Sickness.

Davis talked about how fired up he was when RoJo got his 98-yard touchdown run last week and Davis sprinted to greet him in the end zone.

It’s a new RoJo, Davis explained, and it’s got a lot to do with RoJo’s mindset.

“He’s been running really tough lately,” Davis said. ” He’s been running so hard. And I think that’s been the difference for him. He’s trusting himself more. You can tell that his confidence has been going up tremendously. You know, hopefully he continues on this track …”

What a night for RoJo it is tonight against the Rams and their No. 2-ranked defense. It’s a huge game on a huge stage, and RoJo played for the University of Southern California.

Yes, Joe’s happy that RoJo is confident. But for tonight, Joe would be satisfied with improved hands and a steady game. RoJo doesn’t need the home run, but the Bucs likely will need some form of consistency in the run game for Tom Brady to thrive.

20 Responses to “Carlton Davis Assesses Ronald Jones”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I hope he steps up jus game tonite, so we can give the game ball to some other than NE12!!!GO BUCS!!

  2. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Rojo is #12 of a hundred worries about tonight. I couldn’t help but notice yesterday in watching the Saints (even without Brees and Lattimer), Chiefs, Raiders, and even Chargers and Broncos, that other teams are improving each week. Meanwhile, the national (and local) story on the Bucs is why they can’t seem to play a decent primetime game. They had a long week and are at home tonight. If, IF, they don’t absolutely crush it tonight and win in sound performance, next up is the SB Champs on a short week and I wouldn’t see that coming out well. They could be 6-5 this time next week without batting an eye.

    Let’s go Bucs!

  3. adam from ny Says:

    run rojo run !

    go rojo go !

    faster rojo faster !

    look up at the jumbotron rojo look up !

    hold that ball high and tight rojo high and tight !

    wiggle rojo wiggle !

    stiff arm the db rojo stiff arm the db !

    score rojo score !

  4. adam from ny Says:


    ohhhh royyyy….we’re at 7 wins rn…

    a more logical split leaves us 8-4 going into the bye week…

    try to be a little more optimistic bro…

    and yes if we drop both home games before the bye week, we are fugged, and lose any mojo we’ve mustered up

  5. geno711 Says:


    Ok to be negative here and there but I agree with Adam try to be a little more optimistic.

    Trying to make your point by saying the Chargers are better or Denver is better. Further, that since Las Vegas and KC played a close game that means both are better. Go to those cities and review whether they all agree those teams are better.

    I am sure no one for the LA Chargers is that impressed with their small win over the Jets.
    I am sure what is going on in Las Vegas is that are all over the players and coaches for letting Travis Kelce get that wide open at the end of the game. Going a step farther, Vegas people are probably remarking that is a 1st game mistake and not a sign of a team getting better.

  6. Beeej Says:

    He can’t run if the line can’t open a hole, which they CAN’T when facing good teams. 11 carries, 27 yards.

  7. 40TDs Says:


    CHECK THE SHEET ROY!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. No Risk It No Biscuit Says:

    TIME TO GET FIRED UP!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  9. adam from ny Says:

    -roy ’bout to get smoked by the gang for that first thing in the morning negative bucs post !

    -and to claim we have only 6 wins too boot ! lol

    -watch out roy…ndog has skipped town right quick…you could easily become the next heel up in here

  10. Defense Rules Says:

    Bucs team this year is a Dr Jekyll-Mr Hyde act. Whether we win or lose tonight all depends on which team shows up.

    Roy’s right in that RoJo is way down the list of ‘concerns’ about tonight’s game. Like every RB, he’s only as good as his OLine. And our OLine tends to have problems with excellent DLines … which the Rams have. They also have an excellent Secondary … bummer.

    Still, we have to run the ball to keep their defense honest. And who knows, maybe RoJo will break 1 or 2 for decent gains. Our best bet offensively IMO is to spread them out, run the ball enough to keep them aware of that threat, and use a bunch of quick-hitters in the short passing game. I’d still love to see RoJo AND Fournette in there at the same time, with run-options & quick-hitters out of the backfield keeping them off-balance & getting their Secondary to cheat up & then (every once in awhile) hitting the intermediate or deep pass to AB, ME13 or Godwin. If our OC doesn’t show some creativity tonight we’ll get zapped.

  11. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    I think the Bucs still gotta prove they are a consistent winner. They are winning the games they should but couldn’t beat the division rival for 1st place in the division and the NFC. Now they need to prove themselves by winning, ugly or pretty don’t matter, against 2 good teams.
    Go Bucs!!

  12. Ghost of Darrell Henderson Says:

    Uh-Oh! Rojo and the Buc’s defense are going up against the legendary Darrell Henderson.


  13. GOBucs Says:

    I know people focus on O-line and the run game, but Rojo broke 3 open field tackles on that 98 yard run. Give the man his due. Also, Fournette looks way slow when standing next to Rojo, keep him on the bench so that he’s HEALTHY if we need him to be. Let Rojo run.

    And by all means, let’s hope the coaches are up to job tonight.

    Anyone notice Jets Offense was able to actually score points and move ball when Adam Gase took over play calling yesterday…. Wonder if BA could add that boost if it was needed.

    GO Bucs

  14. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Well, Guys, I’d bet money I’ve been a Bucs fan (by shear age) than most all of you, and I’ve seen it all. In the past decade, we’ve seen the Bucs get beaten by better teams, and worse, beat themselves in head scratching losses. These, and slow starts and playing bad in primetime continue to be issues. If you are not the least bit pessimistic heading into tonight, then you haven’t been a Bucs fan long enough! Of course I hope they win, but can even the great Tom Brady overcome this primetime issue. Yeah, I remember when they said he’s NEVER lost TNF. Til now. I never said SD and DEN were better teams, but they ARE playing better. My point is the Bucs are still too inconsisent. Anyone want to buy a strip of land near a phosphate mine? Lemee know!

  15. Roy T. Buford Says:

    They are playing better than they were playing before…is what I meant. Have the Bucs improved? ^^^^^

  16. unbelievable Says:

    If he gets at least 17 carries tonight, we should be in good shape to win.

    This offensive scheme needs to be balanced in order to be effective.

  17. geno711 Says:

    Rams seem to be similar to us.
    Sometimes looking better than average and sometimes traveling across country and losing very badly to the Dolphins.

    They played the Giants no better than us either and they were home for that game.

    We will see.

  18. Godlovesbucs Says:

    Bucs are in a much better position before even playing tonight. There are 4 or 5 teams actually competing for the 3 wildcard spots. Vikings losing really hurt their chances and bears look bad. Given a collapse by tampa (worse than 10-6) the playoffs are rams, cardinals, bucs. I think it is really important to get the #5 spot to play the nfc east winner round 1. They probably have to beat rams tonight for that spot.

  19. PSL Bob Says:

    We need a 100-yard+ ground game tonight if we want a decent chance of winning!

  20. BucEmUp Says:

    I really like Davis alot. The guy plays hard and is really smart. I hope hes on this team for year to come