Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones' rookie period has been a forgettable experience.
"Last year, it was certainly disappointing for me personally and from a team standpoint," Jones said during minicamp, via the Tampa Bay Times. "Certainly, for me, it's about getting on the ideal path. We've got a new system, a new team, we are trying to make our mark in here"
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Jones, A choice fought to get on the field and did not impress when given a opportunity. The running back was a healthy scratch for the first three months. He dealt later. In all, when he got the ball, Jones participated in only nine games and wasn't remarkable. The 21-year-old compiled 23 carries for just 44 yards, a gruesome 1.9 yards per tote, with one TD. The back struggled hauling in seven balls for 33 yards.
After compiling only 77 scrimmage yards all year, Jones has a fresh start in a new offense under Bruce Arians. Running backs coach Todd McNair stated Jones looks like another player.
"He had been drafted where he had been drafted for a reason," McNair said. "He's got a wealth of talent. Our purpose is to take the tension take off the expectations him. Let focus and make this thing little. And it is apparently paying off. He's working hard, and he's going to continue working hard."
The Bucs did little to upgrade their running backs room this year leaving Peyton Barber and Jones since the projected leading runners. Jones should find every opportunity early in the season to prove he's put a disappointing rookie season before and is ready to move forward.
"The crime is a lot more free," Jones stated. "I believe we are in a position to play within ourselves and be ourselves. I enjoy it a lot. It's fun. They're all great coaches, but I believe just for me personally, I'm starting to put all the verbiage and what together.
"I'm definitely ready and I can not wait to find the most of those chances, but I've just got to show them I could be a dependable player and they can rely on me in crucial scenarios."
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