February 1st, 2021


This is interesting and there’s little here Joe can disagree with.

Over at NFL.com, Nick Shook decided to drop respect on players that may have flown under the radar this season but played quite well if not damned good.

And for the Bucs, Shook decided to give Ronald Jones a shoutout for being an “unsung hero.

Pac-12 (and USC) fans will tell you they saw this one coming, but they’re likely the only ones. The Texas Tesla set career-high marks in rushes (192), rushing yards (978), rushing touchdowns (seven) and receiving touchdowns in 2020 as part of the new-look Bucs offense orchestrated by none other than Tom Brady. The Buccaneers addressed the running back position from all angles, signing Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy, but Jones — the guy who was already on the roster — ended up being their best option in the backfield this season. His 1.14 rushing yards over expectation per attempt were the fourth-most in the NFL among running backs (minimum 80 carries), and his 219 rushing yards over expectation were the fifth-most in the league. Sure, it helps to play with Brady and the Bucs’ talented skill players, but Jones has definitely done his part, too.

There is no doubt RoJo rallied from being on the heap of NFL busts into a Pro Bowl candidate. And Joe is damn happy for RoJo.

It just sucks that it seems the COVID, or at least the two weeks off that coincided with The Sickness, seemed to derail RoJo.

But what is with this “Texas Tesla” label? Did RoJo invent Texas radio (Joe thought that was Jim Morrison?). So now Joe knows who to blame for Norm Hitzges?

13 Responses to “Unsung”

  1. Im tired and 87 is right Says:

    I think the difference in this game and the Bucs coming out victorious in the Super Bowl will be all of these unsung heroes that most don’t know but us Bucs fans. We are hungry for this victory! We deserve it, and its our time. Every practices details this week will be a huge difference. Time to go out a guns a blazing! Go Bucs!!

  2. Buxszntkt Says:

    It will be interesting to listen to Nantz and Romo , and how much knowledge these national talking heads have acquired about our players skills since the Bucs made the playoffs and SB versus the early part of the year.

  3. Brady is a cheater Says:

    ” we deserve it” such an entitled post. Brady can’t beat KC defense, they are too tough. I bet you want the 2000 stimulus and not the 1400 cuz you deserve it

  4. August 1976 Buc Says:

    No matter what any fan says about ROJO, the real question is, whether Brady will trust ROJO to catch the ball in the Super Bowl, let alone with the game on the line? He has been the better runner, but not at catching the ball. Fournette has not had the “Gift of grab” either, but he is more reliable at catching the ball. GO BUCS!!!!

  5. Leighroy Says:

    Quick internet search; the Texas Tesla nickname goes back to USC days. Idea being that Rojo is from McKInney Tx, and Teslas may not be loud but are explosive in acceleration from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds.

    Ask Sir Purr if that nickname is still appropriate! Im just glad RoJo found the ludicrous mode button after 2 years of test driving in the NFL.

  6. dmatt Says:

    In 2018 when Koetter n others were beating RoJo down with criticism n doubt I posted that the coach should bring in a special coach to mentor him to build up his confidence to elevate his pass catching n blocking because he has naturally skills n talent in other areas. He was drafted at the young age of 20 yrs old. He was relatively still a teenager so com on man. Koetter had no clue how to coach this kid. I still say why not work on what he struggles with to elevate to the next level. This kids been running n successfully doing the spin move most of his playing years, He’s a natural. Now, take a snippet from Tom Coughlin when he brought in help to remedy the problem with Tiki Barber fumbling issues. It was a success. Folks RoJo lack of receiving skills is fixable with good coaching. He’s only 23 which is the average rookie’s age. RoJo for sheriff.

  7. Bucsfanman Says:

    The Bucs now have a legit threat of a run-game and it’s because of this kid’s emergence. There’s no way you could have convinced me two years ago that RoJo would be THIS back.
    Please serve me my crow rotisserie style!

    Looks like we have a jilted lover/Patriot fan above. They said Brady “can’t do” a LOT of things. Crawl back to the hole from whence you came.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I lost all my doubts about Rojo last year……he simply didn’t get enough carries…..
    He was stuffed vs Green Bay perhaps because he wasn’t the featured back and his runs were predictable…..when Rojo is in, he’s in to run.

  9. Pa Privateer Says:

    Completely agree with TBBF. It was do predictable in the GB game when ROJO came in it was most likely a run….and he got stuffed.

  10. Sport Says:

    Only football dolt would call a 21 year old rookie with 23 total carries in a season a bust.

    Year 2 he got 172 carries for 4.2 yds per carry and 6 td’s

    He continued his improvement in year 2 with this coaching staff to get 192 carries 7 td’s averaging 5.1 yds per carry.

    He’s put on weight, runs hard and is coming into his own.

    Hardly a bust.

    In BA I Trust!

  11. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    ROJO is the only Home Run threat in our stable. Fournette dropped 5 passes and ROJO dropped 5 passes on almost the same number of targets, but ROJO has a receiving TD , while Fournette does not. ROJO is simply more explosive than Fournette , but what a great way to keep Mahomes off the field using our two backs to cleave long and time consuming drives.
    Bucs win this game rather handily by Bucs 38-KC 27.

  12. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    I disagree with the use of Rojo being predictable. The TD run Fournette had was exactly the same – up the gut and NOTHING there. What happened? Playoff Lenny bounced outside and made several defenders miss for the TD!

    Come on guys, give Playoff Lenny some credit. He is playing like his oldself, and so is Rojo

  13. Mike pizzoli Says:

    “I want to tell you about texas radio and the big beat…” Love the Jim Morrison reference joe, go bucs