Ronald Jones hasn’t exactly had the impact many believed he would when he was the Buccaneers’ second pick in the draft. They moved on from Doug Martin and we in need of someone to come in and take over that lead back role. For now, Peyton Barber has done a fine job of it. That said, when you invest high draft capital in a player, you expect him to have more of an impact than Jones has had to this point.
Maybe he’s a slow starter. Maybe he hasn’t quite gotten that confidence he had after after a few years at USC. Whatever the case, many have already (wrongfully) written RoJo off as a bust. That will happen when results fail too meet expectations.
Todd Monken is not one of those people.
When speaking with the media Thursday, Monken spoke about Jones’ abilities and what he’s been looking for out of the rookie back;
“It’s hard because you talk about skilled players and you talk about production, so it’s hard to say like, ‘Ok, well, what did you like about’ – it’s like a wide out had two catches for 10 yards – what did you like?’ I like that he’s getting better. I like that he’s continuing to improve. Probably as much as anything we haven’t seen it yet in terms of a run that broke or a catch down the field. He continues to get better. I think he’s only going to get better because he has talent.”
The NFL is a week to week league. Ronald Jones could come out against Cleveland and bust off two 60-plus yard touchdown runs and his jerseys will fly off the shelves. Or, it will continue to be a gradual process and we won’t see the true time share until the final quarter of the season.
Either way, it’s best to take the Monken approach here. We know he has talent. Let’s just see the growth and improvement week to week.