Bucs Make Starting Running Back Decision For Week 2

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones had a brutal Week 1 performance, but it didn’t cost him his starting job–yet.

Earlier today, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians announced that Jones will start in Week 2 against the Atlanta Falcons. Jones carried four times for 14 yards against the Dallas Cowboys in the opener, but his early fumble cost the team points and himself some playing time.

In total, Jones played just six offensive snaps last Thursday, while Leonard Fournette led the way with 42 and veteran third-down back Gio Bernard played 17.

On Friday, Arians made an interesting admission about Jones, saying that the way the fourth-year pro responded–or failed to respond–to the in-game setback led to him not seeing the field afterwards.

“He struggled mentally to get over it,” Arians said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times.

Arians going back to Jones as his starter for the time being probably indicates he wants to keep the running back’s confidence level high. We don’t expect him to give Jones a long leash though.

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