When Bruce Arians and his employees took more than the Buccaneers following a season in which Tampa Bay averaged just 89 rushing yards per game, fantastic for 20th in the league, and their second-round draft choose Ronald Jones racked up just 44 yards on 23 carries, it was speculated that they could bring in a new weapon to assist out the operating back committee.

Soon after a overview of the roster, Arians brought in his former operating back Andre Ellington but opted against generating a splash signing or trade, as an alternative placing his faith in the tandem of Jones and Peyton Barber along with run-game coordinator Harold Goodwin and operating back coach Todd McNair to create them.

Bucs RB Ronald Jones II
Bucs RB Ronald Jones II – Photo by: Getty Pictures

McNair was produced accessible and spoke to the Tampa media on Monday about how factors are shaping up with his young backs.

“I was quite happy with how they played,” Mcnair mentioned about Barber and Jones’ functionality on Friday against the Steelers. “Of course it was short, they only had a couple of plays. I feel 3 carries a piece, Peyton caught 1, Ronald caught 1. But I’m pleased with they’re improvement and how they’re coming along now. They nonetheless have a ton of operate to do but so far it is been quite good.”

Barber and Jones have located their spot in the Bucs’ organization in pretty various techniques, even so, with Barber climbing his way to the top rated of the depth chart right after getting signed as an undrafted no cost agent in 2016 although Jones was drafted in the second-round out of USC in 2018, bringing with him the expectations and scrutiny that comes with that draft position. Soon after a year exactly where struggling would be nothing at all quick of an understatement, Jones is hoping to bounce back in year two with a new coaching employees and McNair spoke about what would be the most significant actions toward him generating that leap.

“I mentioned in my 1st press conference, with him, it is studying how to be a pro,” McNair mentioned. “How to method it every single day. It is a lot more about mindset with a kid like that, just that aspect of it, since the rest of it will come.”

An emerging story this education camp has also been Dare Ogunbowale, an additional unsigned back the Bucs added just before final season right after getting signed and at some point released by the Houston Texans. Ogunbowale worked mostly on unique teams when active final season, as the committee of Barber, Jones and Jacquizz Rodgers took the bulk of the touches, but as written right here at Pewter Report, Ogunbowale has stood out this education camp and it all came to fruition on Friday evening as Ogunbowale punched in two touchdowns on a group-higher 34 rushing yards more than 10 carries against the Steelers.

“He’s had a quite fantastic camp,” McNair mentioned. “He’s been generating plays and carrying out a lot of stuff for us. He’s actually sharp, he’s pretty sensible, he’s been generating these plays all all through education camp and he had a fantastic evening the other evening, punched two in the finish zone and produced so plays. We’re satisfied with his progress.”

Ellington was brought in right after spending a stint with Arians in Arizona and right after spending a year out of the game. Ellington brings veteran expertise to a pretty young group of operating backs, he brings expertise in Arians’ offense to get guys up to speed with a new method and, now healthier, can be a weapon employed in the passing game and as a adjust of pace back. With the functionality of Ogunbowale, do not be shocked if he slides previous Ellington on the depth chart, but it is pretty probable that Ellington rounds off a 4-man position group that tends to make the 53-man roster come week 1.



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