Bruce Arians talks Richard Sherman Interest, Tampa’s Win vs. Atlanta & Fournette vs. Jones at RB

September 22, 2021 1:42 PM
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Arians on Ronald Jones’ struggles: “This is his third year…His play isn’t as good as it should be”

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians didn’t hold back when speaking of his RB group. The pair of Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette hasn’t really flourished to start the year, as both have combined for a total of 125 yards on the ground in two games.

Jones, who the Bucs drafted as a high second-round pick in 2018 out of USC, hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations and has struggled with fumbling issues and pass blocking.

“This is his third year. It shouldn’t be a problem,” says Arians of Jones’ inconsistencies and his confidence. “At times it is. Attention to detail, like missing that blitz. He is a great runner. Caught the ball well. But I would like to see him run for the first down. His mind is fine, but his play isn’t as good as it should be.”

“I don’t really care about his number of carries. It’s yards per carry,” says Arians about Jones’s lack of touches going into week three.

“We’re going to continue to split those guys,” said Arians of the RB group.

Tampa Bay was also recently linked to free-agent CB Richard Sherman and the possibility of him signing with the organization.

“If it’s the right fit then it’s the right fit and we’ll move on it,” says Arians.

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