Critical Time For Ronald Jones

January 3rd, 2021

Think for a moment: it was Bucco Bruce Arians who recently admitted publicly that Ronald Jones’ “confidence was shot” and in desperate need of repair.

And Arians also has been clear he made great efforts to re-build and maintain that confidence in a player who returns to action today wearing a form of a cast on his left hand — after two missed games nursing a broken finger while having The Sickness.

The Bucs, per Arians’ comments on various platforms, want RoJo to get significant work today to shake off rust before the playoffs. And Joe suspects there’s a sizable desire inside the halls of One Buc Palace to get RoJo enough carries to have a good shot at a 100 yards rushing so he will hit 1,000 for the season. Why? Because it would skyrocket his confidence.

But Joe’s thinking a lot about that cast and the likelihood of RoJo fumbling with it, which could hurt his confidence. It seems RoJo is just one of those players who needs his mind right to succeed.

Arians said on SiriusXM NFL Radio this week that RoJo mostly is a right-hand carrier of the football, so he wasn’t too concerned.

Well, Joe is concerned.

Perhaps today, more than anything else besides finding a “W,” it’s crucial for the Bucs that RoJo have a clean no-turnover game.

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13 Responses to “Critical Time For Ronald Jones”

  1. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    RoJo is just an average +- NFL running back
    The search goes on

  2. Roy T. Buford Says:

    I will probably be a little wet today, so the Bucs will need to run the ball better as well as burn clock to keep ATL’s offense (and Bucs’ thin defense today) off the field. Though not as cold, this could be good prep for going into WAS or NYG next weekend…

  3. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Wet turn helps receivers versus DB’s. Throw the ball. I can’t stand all the record book hype and to hear BA talk about it worries me even more. If this was a Belichick team you would be benched if you mentioned a self promoting stat. That’s how you win, focus and block out the noise. DO YOUR JOB!!! The rest will work itself out.

  4. Seattle Buc is back in TB Says:

    Dang, is that a rookie picture? He is way stronger now. What a transformation.

  5. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    He’s going to have to stop all out efforts to get that extra yard because they are going to do their best to rip the ball out of his arms. When he gets two guys on him he needs to get to the ground instead of being superman for an extra inch.

  6. bojim Says:

    Well I definitely not throw him the ball today.

  7. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Love Rojo and always believed in him…but I would be surprised if he gets his 100 yards today. If the year he’s had isn’t enough to boost his confidence, then there is something wrong upstairs. Besides…what he does in the playoffs will be a big confidence booster.

  8. FairMinded Says:

    Vaughn looked great..would love to see him get more touches this game heading into the playoffs. Nothing much to be gained from RoJo risking further injury and taking him out of the playoffs just for personal accolades

  9. JA Says:

    Please show me another NFL running back who averages 5.0 YPC who’s confidence is shot. In the history of the franchise, have the Bucs ever employed a RB with a higher YPC with more than 100 carries?

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  11. DT25 Says:

    Going to go ahead and say the major confidence issues Bruce was talking about are pretty far behind him at this point. Those were brought on by a bad coaching staff as Dirk Koetter and co. refused to play him as a rookie despite not having another competent RB on the roster. Think all this talk can be buried after he ripped off a monster game after his last fumble this season. His hands are still an area of fan “confidence” for him, but at this point think most people realize that’s not a strength in his game and that won’t change with a cast on his finger. Regardless, if he can play, I’m not worried about the cast negatively affecting him mentally. If anything, if he can play the game mistake free, that should IMPROVE his, and everyone else’s confidence in him moving forward.

  12. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Smoke screen game plan fellas

  13. Oneilbucs Says:

    Bruce Arians screwed Rojo for his 1,000 yards it would have been great for him to get it .