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Buccaneers Need to Trim RB Rotation in Playoffs

Max Staley
Ronald Jones needs to be featured early and often in the postseason.
Ronald Jones needs to be featured early and often in the postseason. / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Ronald Jones II is clearly the best running back on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It's taken him a few years to earn that title, especially after a disastrous rookie campaign, but he left no doubt with his performance in 2020.

While Tampa Bay has a stable of reliable running backs working behind Jones, the Bucs need to ensure the USC product is their clear-cut feature back in the postseason.

In just 14 games played, Jones turned 192 carries into 978 rushing yards and 7 TDs on the ground. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry, which was a top-10 mark in the league. Leonard Fournette, meanwhile, turned 97 totes into 367 rushing yards, lumbering into an average of 3.8 yards per carry.

Jones is the more explosive, dynamic option of the two and it's not particularly close. And yet, he's never played even 70% of the team's offensive snaps once this year. That's partially because TB has been insistent upon getting Fournette on the field, as he's played at least 50% of the snaps in six of the team's last nine games.

The third-year RB has proven he's a feature back, and this rushing attack functions considerably worse when Fournette is on the field ahead of him. Obviously, the same can be said for LeSean McCoy, and promising rookie Ke'Shawn Vaughn as well.

Heading into the Wild Card Round, it's finally time for Tampa Bay to unleash their most explosive running back.

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