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Report: RoJo doesn’t get the playbook

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The rookie running back has been reportedly struggling.

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There are question marks swirling around Buccaneers rookie running back Ronald Jones II.

Understandably so, it is a struggle for many rookies transitioning from college and into the NFL. But for Jones, he apparently can’t wrap his head around Tampa Bay’s offensive playbook.

This comes from CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco, by way of Joe Bucs Fan.

“What he’s struggling with right now is picking up the offense and it’s been a slow process for him,” Prisco said. “With these young backs sometimes, it takes them a little time for them to become comfortable; put your foot in the ground and go. And I think that’s what you’re seeing with him.

“In talking to the Bucs’ people, they still believe in Ronald Jones. And in fact, they think by midseason he’s really going to get it going.”

That final sentence is important. The Bucs have Peyton Barber who will be the unseated starting running back. So they necessarily don’t need Jones to jump right into a major role now. Easing him into things is the better thing to do.