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Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Date of Birth:  08/03/1997
Age:  25
Height  6'0"
Weight:   201
College:  USC
Drafted:  2018 | Round 2 | Pick 38
Depth Chart:  2nd string

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB


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Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

The Chiefs are signing Ronald Jones.

It's a one-year deal, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. This is an interesting landing spot for the former second-round pick of the Bucs. Jones is still just 24 years old, and he had two seasons over 1,000 yards from scrimmage with Tampa Bay before Leonard Fournette took control of the backfield last year. Clyde Edwards-Helaire remains in the Chiefs backfield and should have a big role if healthy, but don't completely count out Jones having a shot at being the lead ball-carrier in Andy Reid's offense.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones II (ankle) ruled out for the Divisional Round.

Jones will miss the second postseason game in a row, but the good news for Tampa Bay is that Leonard Fournette (hamstring) is expected back. Based on his lack of practice over the past two weeks, Jones would appear to be on the wrong side of questionable for a possible NFC Championship Game next Sunday.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 18.

Jones' ankle injury suffered last week against the Jets is enough to keep him out for the regular season finale. Ke'Shawn Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell will lead the Tampa Bay backfield versus Carolina on Sunday. The 2021 regular season for Jones ends with 101 carries for 428 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns along with ten receptions for 64 receiving yards. It was a disappointing campaign overall in terms of playing time, as Leonard Fournette took control of the Bucs backfield, but Jones played well when he was on the field. Tampa Bay will now hope that both Jones and Fournette are back for the start of the postseason next week.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones (ankle) is questionable to return for the Buccaneers.

It's unclear when Jones was injured, but hopefully it's not too serious and he can return soon in the Week 17 matchup with the Jets.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones II (quad) is officially active for the Buccaneers.

While Jones is active, a healthier Leonard Fournette will start at running back and is expected to handle most of the work in today’s Divisional Round game against the Saints.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones II (quad) will be a game-time decision on Sunday.

Head coach Bruce Arians said that the third-year runner has improved, but even if he suits up, Leonard Fournette will start for the Bucs. We would expect Tampa Bay to come out with a pass-heavy game plan, so Jones II won't be a highly recommended DFS play this weekend.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones (quad) is questionable to return for the Buccaneers.

We thought it was odd that Leonard Fournette has been handling the backfield work with Jones not in the game, and this explains it. This sounds like something that might have popped up during pregame warmups, but hopefully the third-year back can enter tonight's playoff game soon.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

The Buccaneers activated Ronald Jones II from the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Jones missed two games while on the COVID list, and it's good to hear he is doing OK and can rejoin his teammates. The third-year running back will resume lead back duties for a Tampa Bay squad headed to the postseason. Jones is 100 yards away from his first 1,000-yard rushing season, so we'll see if he can hit that mark in Week 17.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones II has been ruled out for Week 16.

Jones II is dealing with a finger injury in addition to being on the reserve/COVID-19 list, so Leonard Fournette will draw another start on Saturday. Consider him an upside RB2 play thanks to his touchdown potential in Tampa Bay's offense.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones II has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Jones II was already questionable for this week following finger surgery, and he now appears unlikely to be able to play with the NFL's new COVID-19 protocols that were recently put in place. If so, Leonard Fournette would apparently be in line to lead the backfield despite being a healthy inactive last week, and he'd be on the RB2 map versus Atlanta.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones II is undergoing a pinky procedure, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud.

Jones fractured his pinky the other day, and he's getting a pin put into it. While it might be difficult for Jones to play days after a surgical procedure, there seems to be a chance that he actually won't miss any time with the injury. We should get more clarity on Jones from head coach Bruce Arians this week.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones (foot) to be evaluated.

Jones reportedly had his foot wrapped in ice at practice, and Bucs head coach Bruce Arians told reporters that he doesn't think it's serious. Hopefully this is just a precaution for the third-year back, but hopefully we get more clarity on his status in the coming days. Jones knows this is an important summer and season for him as he looks to be a huge part of a Tom Brady-led offense.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians calls Ronald Jones II the "main guy" in backfield.

The statement is especially notable with LeSean McCoy recently being signed, as Arians said everyone else will fight for a role (though he mentioned McCoy "easily" finding a "niche"). Jones II flashed big potential last season as he split work with Peyton Barber, and it sounds like he will get a great chance to lead the backfield all year if he can impress early. The former second-round pick is a solid value in the middle rounds as a borderline low-end RB2/FLEX option in a high-powered offense.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones II works behind Peyton Barber in Week 13 win.

Jones rushed just six times for eight yards in a game Tampa Bay led throughout, while Barber handled 17 carries for 44 yards and both scores in a frustrating backfield situation. The performance comes just two weeks after a six-touch outing against New Orleans, so Jones' star had quickly faded heading into the fantasy playoffs. The USC product is just a risky FLEX after looking like a hopeful RB2 last month.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones leads Tampa Bay backfield in Week 9.

Jones carried 18 times for 67 yards and a touchdown along with two receptions for 15 yards in the Buccaneers' overtime loss to the Seahawks. Meanwhile, Peyton Barber carried four times for 15 yards with no receptions. Barber could get more work in future weeks, but it's possible that Jones has taken control of the Tampa Bay backfield. Jones should be owned in all leagues, but he faces a tougher-than-expected Arizona run defense next week.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones plays great on 20 touches in Week 4 victory.

Jones rushed 19 times for 70 yards and one touchdown, also hauling in his only target for 12 yards. Overall, the numbers don't jump out as a phenomenal performance, but Jones showed explosiveness, balance, and surprising vision/toughness all afternoon, including on another long gain—his most impressive run of the game—that was called back due to a penalty. It's worth noting that Jones looked good in the opener only to handle four touches the following week, but he's now gone for yardage totals of 93, 121, and 82 in three-of-four games, so the second-year back is quietly emerging as a playable low-end RB2/FLEX in all formats.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones put on 13 pounds this offseason.

At SportsCon 2019 in Dallas, the second-year running back said last year was disappointing for him, but that he's "putting in the work to make sure that doesn't happen again." As a high second-round pick (38th overall) in last year's draft, obviously he would be disappointed after just 44 rushing yards on 23 attempts, but it's good to hear he's working to put that start behind him. Jones, who is up to 221 pounds after ending last season at 208 pounds, says he "put on a lot of pounds of muscle" by "training... eating four or five meals a day, protein shakes right after workouts." Hopefully the increase in weight doesn't lead to Jones losing explosiveness, but at least the USC product is trying something different as he looks to play more like the gamebreaker he was during his college career. Jones will likely compete with Peyton Barber for a chance to be the starting running back in Bruce Arians' offense in 2019, and both players have received praise from the new coaching staff in the last few months.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Buccaneers GM Jason Licht expressed optimism about Ronald Jones.

Of the second-year running back, Licht said "the guy that we’re all collective the most impressed with right now is Rojo [Jones]. Just his attitude, his willingness to do extra and you can just see the confidence rising in him. So, I don’t know if anything has changed in the way that we look at running backs. We may emphasis one thing over another, but nothing has really changed." This was an unprompted statement about Jones, as he was asked about the team's running back position as a whole and made this remark, so it looks like Jones is off to a great start with the new coaching staff. When asked what he meant by "collective," Licht said he means "the coaching staff, the scouting staff, the players." Remember, Jones was just a high second-round selection (38th overall) less than a year ago, so he obviously has upside and should not be counted out after a poor rookie season. New Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has already talked up incumbent starter Peyton Barber, so either the team is really happy with the running back group or they're pulling of a nice smokescreen with the hopes of getting someone like Josh Jacobs in next week's draft. For now, consider Jones off on the right foot with his new coaching staff.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones did not play in Week 17.

Jones, a second-round pick (38th overall) from USC, was one of the most curious players/situations in the NFL this season, as he was apparently in the dog house or just not practicing well enough to see the field. He did battle injuries throughout his rookie season, but he was also a healthy scratch a few times and didn't play well when given opportunities (though there weren't many of them). Jones' rookie season ends with 23 carries for 44 yards and one touchdown along with seven receptions for 33 yards in nine games. The hope is that a new coaching staff will spark Jones, who has the ability to have a breakout 2019 season. Tampa Bay's running back situation is up in the air heading into the offseason.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones gets one touch in Week 15.

Jones caught one pass for -1 yard against the Ravens. Perhaps he'll suddenly get a heavy workload in the final two games, but the rookie running back isn't a recommended fantasy option with titles on the line.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones handles four touches in return to the lineup.

Jones rushed four times for two yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game. Tampa Bay's second-round is worth a speculative add for the fantasy playoffs, but he seems unlikely to become a significant contributor down the stretch. The Bucs take on the Saints in Week 14.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones will play in Week 13.

It's unclear if Jones was a healthy scratch last week or not, but he looks to be 100% healthy after missing the last four games with his hamstring injury. The rookie running back could get a solid workload down the stretch for a team that's unlikely to make the postseason, but Peyton Barber is the preferred fantasy option for this Sunday against Carolina.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones II is expected to miss a few weeks with a hamstring strain, according to Ian Rapoport.

Jones was injured in Sunday’s loss to the Bengals, and it sounds like it will lead to a multi-week absence. The second-round pick doesn’t need to be owned in redraft formats after this news, but perhaps he will be featured down the stretch if he can get healthy. For now, Peyton Barber—who is coming off his best game of the year—is a stronger FLEX than he was just a few days ago.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones II (hamstring) is out for the rest of today's game.

Before leaving, Jones carries two times for -3 yards and added one reception for four yards. Hopefully the rookie running back doesn't miss much more time after today, but more information should become available in the next day or so.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones scores first career touchdown in win over the Browns.

Jones was able to find the end zone from two yards away in the second half, so Tampa Bay might be gaining confidence in the rookie after being a healthy inactive to start the year. The second-round pick finished with six carries for 13 yards and the touchdown while also adding a 15-yard reception, but fantasy owners should wait to see more out of Jones before putting him in lineups. That said, he's an excellent bench stash for down the stretch.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones gets four touches in Week 6.

There was some thought that Jones might take over as the leader or at least a bigger role in Tampa Bay's backfield coming off the bye, but it was Peyton Barber leading the group and playing well against the Falcons. Jones carried once for three yards and added three receptions for 16 yards in the Week 6 loss. Rojo is just a fantasy bench hold for now, but there's no guarantee he becomes the leader in the backfield this season.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones II makes NFL debut in blowout loss to the Bears.

Jones rushed ten times for 29 yards and caught a pass for a one-yard loss. Tampa Bay's second-round pick was a healthy inactive to begin his career, but he got some playing time in a game that got out of hand quickly on Sunday. It'll be interesting to see if the Bucs completely change things up by giving Jones the start when they return from their Week 5 bye to face the Falcons, but Peyton Barber has a better all-around game and probably is the safer fantasy option at this point due to his ability as a pass-protector and pass-catcher.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones II is active for the Buccaneers.

After he was a healthy scratch for the first three games of the season, the second-round running back is making his NFL debut against the Bears. Jones is just a speculative add in fantasy leagues for now, but it'll be good to see him on the field.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

Ronald Jones is a healthy scratch for Week 1.

Jones didn't have a great preseason, and the Bucs have decided to make him inactive to start his career. The rookie running back has potential and should work his way into a nice role for Tampa Bay this season, but he doesn't need to be rostered at the moment.

Ronald Jones II | Chiefs RB

The Buccaneers have selected USC running back Ronald Jones II with the No. 38 pick (second round) in the 2018 NFL Draft.

This is an excellent landing spot for Jones, who ran for 1,550 years and 19 touchdowns during his junior season at USC last season, as he joins an offense that probably has the most wide-open running back depth chart in the NFL. Jones profiles as a dynamic back similar to a Jamaal Charles type that can handle a lot of touches on offense. He is also a capable receiver out of the backfield, which will help him remain on the field. Among the rookie running backs aside from Saquon Barkley, Jones might have the clearest path to a good amount of work in 2018. Jones is likely to be a solid mid-round pick in fantasy drafts this summer, but the backfield workloads in Tampa Bay will be something to watch leading up to the season.