Buccaneers: Why Ronald Jones will thrive alongside Tom Brady in 2020

Sep 29, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) stiff arms Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) on a third quarter running play at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are loaded with talent on the offensive side of the ball, giving Tom Brady plenty of options in the passing attack. While Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and the team’s stellar group of tight ends will be focal points in the offense, Ronald Jones is going to be a vital piece for the Buccaneers in 2020.

In his rookie season in Tampa Bay in 2018, Jones accounted for only 77 yards from scrimmage (2.6 yards per touch) and one touchdown. However, in his second season in 2019, the former second-round pick out of USC managed to contribute 1,033 yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns. It’s important to note that Jones achieved those numbers while he split Tampa Bay’s backfield duties with Peyton Barber.

Even though the Buccaneers took Ke’Shawn Vaughn with the No. 76 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Jones figures to have an expanded role in the offense. At the least, he won’t be inclined to share touches with Barber — who joined the Washington Redskins in free agency.

With Brady under center for the Buccaneers, there’s a heightened level of pressure for everyone to perform at a high level next season.

In light of that, let’s take a look at why Jones is going to thrive alongside Brady in the 2020 campaign.