15 September (WNN) — Coach Bruce Arian said the Tampa Bay Buccaneers would make their Ronald Jones debut against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2. Jones stumbled in the second quarter in week 1 and was benched for the rest of the game.
“The biggest thing is turnover – just better protect the ball,” Arians told reporters on Tuesday. “If we don’t get the ball rolling in that game, it’s not that close. Fix the turnover, play in the space a little bit better and tackle a little bit better.”
The Buccaneers beat the Dallas Cowboys 31-29 in the first game of the 2021 NFL season in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday. Jones is listed as the top running back on the Buccaneers depth chart, but Leonard Fournette received the first carry in the win.
Jones lost his rumble on his sixth snap and did not return. Fournette played a total of 42 snaps in the win. Fellow running back Giovanni Bernard played 17 snaps. Jones covered a total of 14 yards on four carries.
Fournett ran 32 yards for nine carries and took five catches for 27 yards. He also contributed to a turnover when he bounced Tom Brady out of his hands in the second quarter. The deflected pass was intercepted by Cowboys cornerback Trayvon Diggs.
“everyday” [Jones] “It was going really, really well until the glitch happened, and then he struggled mentally to get through it,” Arians told reporters on Friday. “It was too big of a game to go out there and not concentrate, so Lenny got the rest of the way.”
Jones did not speak to reporters after the Week 1 victory, but did respond to a critic on his Facebook page on Saturday.
“I am always ready to go when my number is called,” Jones wrote.
Jones led the Buccaneers in 14 games last season with 978 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns. He started 13 regular season games in 2020 for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Fournet covered a total of 367 yards in 13 matches last season. Jones lost two fumbles while Fournette did not fight in 2020.
Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich told reporters, “I’m not worried about ‘Roe’ at all.” “We’ll keep getting the ‘Row’ ball and let the ‘Row’ be the ‘Row’. The ‘Row’ is really special and unique.
“We understand the talent that he has. It’s never perfect in football. The game doesn’t go that way. Football doesn’t let it be perfect. Football also helps in life lessons. It’s sometimes- Sometimes it gets tough and sometimes it’s better for you, but that’s just what goes on throughout the 17-game season.”
The Buccaneers host the Falcons at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. EDT. The Falcons scored 113 yards on 19 touches to allow the Philadelphia Eagles to run Mile Sanders back in Week 1.