Ronald Jones

Ronald Jones

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2020: question mark 92%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 14.6%
Projected Games missed for 2020: question mark 3.9
Durability: question mark 4

High Risk

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Ronald Jones Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

-- Jones’ volume and production grew in both the rushing and passing games in his 2nd NFL season.

-- He finished 25th among RBs in PPR points; 27th in non-PPR.

-- Jones has new competition in 3rd-round rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn, who beats Jones in Speed Score and college receiving production.


No Breakout Yet

After basically redshirting as a 2018 rookie, Jones saw his playing time and opportunities increase dramatically last season. He went from 2.6 carries and 1 target per game his 1st year to 10.8 and 2.5 in 2019.

Jones tallied a strong 10.0 yards per catch on his 31 receptions. Pro Football Focus graded him just 73rd among all RBs in receiving. He fared better by Football Outsiders metrics, though, ranking 17th in DVOA and 20th in DYAR among 50 qualifying backs.

PFF liked his rushing better, grading Jones 43rd at the position. FO had him 24th among 45 qualifiers in rushing DVOA, though at a rate below average-level performance.

At midseason, HC Bruce Arians said that Jones had earned the right to start by being the team’s most explosive back. Jones did fare solidly in that area. PFF credited him with generating 31.5% of his rushing yardage on gains of 15+. That ranked 18th among 59 RBs with 60+ carries for the season.

Interestingly, though, Jones didn’t gain any rushing work after that declaration. He averaged just 10 carries per game over the final 8 and accounted for 40.4% of Tampa’s rushes. Jones averaged 11.5 carries over the 1st 8 games, garnering 43.6% of the ground work.

He did grow his receiving presence. Jones totaled only 11 targets over the 1st half, 3.6% of Tampa’s total pass attempts. Over the final 8 games: 29 targets, 9.0%.

For the season, Jones led the team by 18 carries and beat Peyton Barber in targets, 40-24. He trailed Dare Ogunbowale’s 46 targets for the season but did beat Ogunbowale over the 2nd half (29-21).

Fantasy wise, Jones ranked…

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Ronald Jones Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Oct 28, 2018 NFL Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2 Jones missed 4 games with a hamstring injury.
Mar 2, 2018 Non-NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Jones injured his hamstring after the 2017 season and aggravated it running the 40-yard dash at the Combine.
Sep 16, 2017 Non-NFL Leg Thigh Bruise Jones missed 1 game during his final season at USC with a thigh injury.