Bucs HC Bruce Arians said Monday that Leonard Fournette is now the team's "nickel" RB, playing in "hurry-up and obvious passing situations." Fournette racked up 6 catches on 7 targets in last weekend's win over the Raiders, while RB Ronald Jones caught just 1 of 2 targets, dropping the other. Fournette also trailed Jones by just 2 carries (13 to 11), so it seems to us that he was more than just the "nickel" RB. We'll see how the situation evolves over the next few weeks. Jones has run well this season and might hang on to lead ball-carrying duties. But Fournette already appears locked in as the primary pass-catching back.
Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. HC Bruce Arians said Friday that Fournette will "reassume his role” in this weekend’s game against the Raiders. We’ll see exactly what that means. Fournette would be a flier in Week 7 fantasy lineups. His return does add some risk to RB Ronald Jones’ profile.
Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice. That presumably puts him on track to return for Sunday night's game against the Raiders. Ronald Jones has taken control of Tampa's backfield with Fournette out over the past 3 weeks, so Fournette can't be trusted in Week 7 fantasy lineups. But his return does add a bit of risk to Jones' profile.
ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) will be "active but limited" against the Packers today. "It is not expected to be a regular workload for Fournette, who is improved from his ankle injury, but still not 100 percent," Schefter adds. Fournette obviously isn't a fantasy option with that expectation. Ronald Jones is a good bet for 15+ touches today.
Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Packers. Fournette can’t be trusted in Week 6 fantasy lineups, but his return would add a threat to RB Ronald Jones’ workload. RB LeSean McCoy (ankle) is set to return this weekend after missing last Thursday night’s game.
Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Bears. It's a major surprise after he was listed as doubtful. Fournette didn't practice all week and might just be up as an emergency option. We wouldn't use him in fantasy lineups. Ronald Jones remains a solid RB2.
The Buccaneers have ruled RB Leonard Fournette out for Sunday's game against the Chargers because of the ankle injury that has kept him out of practice all week. That should leave Ronald Jones as the clear lead back for a game that finds Tampa favored by 7.5 at home. LeSean McCoy also figures to see more snaps. With just 1 carry and 8 receptions through 3 games, though, he's not much of a fantasy football option.
Bucs RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) missed Wednesdays practice. It's the 1st we've heard of the injury, so it's possible that this is more of a rest day. We'll get another update tomorrow. Fournette's absence would make RB Ronald Jones a much stronger fantasy play vs. the Chargers this weekend.
Buccaneers RB Ronald Jones carried just 7 times for 23 yards (plus a TD) and caught 2 passes for just 4 more yards in Sunday's win over the Panthers. RB Leonard Fournette, meanwhile, racked up 103 yards and 2 TDs on 12 carries, while also leading the the backfield with 5 targets and 4 receptions (for 13 yards). So are the Bucs altering their backfield roles? "Not right now. I think everybody's role is good right now," Arians told ESPN's Jenna Laine. "[Fournette] still doesn't know enough of this offense yet to be the starter." The coach acknowledged that Jones did "screw up" the handoff that resulted in a fumble (charged to QB Tom Brady) but also called that "easily correctable." And he praised Jones' blitz pickup. We'll see how the work gets split in Week 3 and beyond. Consider Week 2 at least a warning that we can't count on lead touches for any particular player right now.
The Panthers have ruled DT Kawann Short (foot) and DE Yetur Gross-Matos (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. That can only help the matchup for QB Tom Brady and the rest of the Bucs offense.
Bucs HC Bruce Arians said Thursday that RB Ronald Jones is still "our guy," despite the addition of RB Leonard Fournette. "It's his job," Arians added. "Nothing has changed for him. It's his job, he's got it, he's got to screw it up to lose it and I don't see that happening." Arians has spent all summer talking up Jones. But the Bucs have also added Ke'Shawn Vaughn, LeSean McCoy and now Fournette to the backfield. If nothing else, Jones is on a short leash. We'd only draft him as a RB3/4 now.
The Buccaneers have agreed to a 1-year deal with RB Leonard Fournette, according to both Adam Schefter and Ian Rapoport. The biggest question facing fantasy owners, of course, is what Fournette's arrival will mean for RB Ronald Jones' workload. We'll have to see about that. HC Bruce Arians has spent the summer talking up Jones, though. The Fournette signing seems to be the latest indication that Ke'Shawn Vaughn isn't ready for a significant role right away. It also might mean that LeSean McCoy won't make the team. Adding a former top-5 NFL Draft pick certainly has the potential to cut into Jones' work, but we'll continue treating him as the lead back here. How Fournette's arrival affects Jones' ADP will determine whether the 3rd-year back is a draft value.
Bucs RB Ronald Jones was back on the practice field on Sunday, just 2 days after injuring his foot. We'll keep an eye on him, but it seems safe to continue drafting Jones as you were. He's had a strong camp and is line to open the season as Tampa's lead back.
Bucs RB Ronald Jones injured his left foot in Friday's scrimmage. HC Bruce Arians said afterward that he doesn't think it's serious but added, "we'll have to see." Stay tuned for updates. We're not moving Jones in the RB rankings right now, but he does come with elevated risk until we know more about this injury.
Bucs RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn "has looked like a carbon copy of Peyton Barber so far," Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds writes. That's not a compliment. Reynolds adds that Vaughn is "not showing much burst or wiggle" and "doesn’t look special yet." The rookie missed some time on the COVID list and seemingly has a ton of ground to make up if he wants an early-season role. Ronald Jones remains the Bucs RB to target in fantasy drafts.
Bucs HC Bruce Arians has been impressed by RB Ronald Jones' work in pass protection in camp so far. That's been our biggest worry with Jones heading into 2020. Last year, he ranked 40th in Pro Football Focus' pass-blocking grades among 43 qualifiers. That skill set is even more important this year with Tom Brady under center. But, as Bucs insider Jon Ledyard notes, Jones will be "the all-around feature back in 2020" if he proves reliable in pass pro.
Bucs HC Bruce Arians called Ronald Jones the "main guy" in his backfield. "He’ll carry the load," Arians added. He went on to say that Ke'Shawn Vaughn, LeSean McCoy and Dare Ogunbowale are "fighting for roles." After flopping as a rookie, Jones turned in a much better sophomore season. And we've heard nothing but positivity surrounding him this offseason. Even if he can capture two-thirds of this backfield work, he'll boast exciting fantasy upside in what should be a high-scoring Bucs offense. Jones continues to climb our RB rankings.
The Buccaneers have placed RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn on the new reserve/COVID-19 list. That means the rookie has either tested positive or been in close contact with someone who has and thus faces mandatory quarantine. The team is not allowed to specify which category fits Vaughn's situation. Starting camp inactive won't help his pursuit of Ronald Jones on the Bucs' RB depth chart. We'll see how soon Vaughn can get back onto the field.
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