Ronald Jones Fantasy Outlook Could Fall With Concerning Training Camp Update

Jason Schandl
Ronald Jones' fantasy outlook in 2020 could decline following worrying reports out of Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp.
Ronald Jones' fantasy outlook in 2020 could decline following worrying reports out of Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp. / Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Ronald Jones has a lot of factors working in his favor as a potential 2020 fantasy football steal — namely that he appears to be the lead back in a Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense that could be one of the league's best with Tom Brady at the helm.

The presence of Brady is exactly why recent training camp reports about Jones are so concerning, however. Brady loves to throw to his RBs, and Jones has been struggling with drops in camp.

We don't want to read too much into one-off training camp reports when analyzing a player for fantasy football. Reports of Jones struggling in the passing game keep popping up, however, and once a pattern emerges there does become some room for concern.

It's also not like Jones has much of a track record as a receiver. He received just a 59.8 receiving grade from Pro Football Focus in 2019, trailing teammates Peyton Barber (66.2) and Dare Ogunbowale (62.6).

Ogunbowale is still in Tampa, and even rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn comes in with better receiving pedigree than Jones ever had. Vaughn caught 28 passes as a senior in 2019, while Jones tallied just 32 receptions combined in three collegiate seasons.

It's still early, and Jones' upside is too high to panic just yet. This is certainly becoming a situation to monitor, however, as losing receiving work and being relegated to a short-yardage role could be a crushing blow for Jones' value in 2020 fantasy football.

For now, Jones check in at RB27 in our 2020 fantasy football rankings.

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