December 2, 2022

Ronald Jones joined the Chiefs this offseason, however he might not even make it to the common season along with his new squad. As Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports activities writes, the veteran RB “might discover himself on the surface wanting in” as soon as the Chiefs cut back their roster to 53 gamers.

When Jones first joined the Chiefs, he was thought-about a possible starter or (on the very least) a high-level backup for Clyde Edwards-Helaire. Experiences out of Kansas Metropolis don’t appear to point that Jones has essentially achieved something to lose his job. Moderately, it’s been the efficiency of Kansas Metropolis’s different RBs that has put Jones’ gig in jeopardy.

Whereas Edwards-Helaire has constantly been the No. 1 working again throughout coaching camp, the Chiefs have given prolonged seems to be at Jones, veteran Jerick McKinnon and seventh-round rookie Isaih Pacheco because the No. 2 RB. As Jones writes, Pacheco has “already turned heads,” whereas McKinnon has the luxurious of getting already spent a 12 months in Kansas Metropolis’s system. The Chiefs may realistically preserve all 4 of these aforementioned working backs, however contemplating Jones’ lack of versatility, the group might favor to maintain a much less skilled possibility (like Derrick Gore or UDFA Tayon Fleet-Davis) as a substitute of a veteran who in all probability received’t go away the bench.

Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy was not too long ago complimentary of Jones’ vitality, however he appeared to trace that the participant’s lack of pass-catching and/or blocking prowess continues to be a piece in progress.

“RoJo is doing a heck of a job,” Bieniemy stated, through Charles Goldman of ChiefsWire. “He’s clearly an enormous man, he’s achieved some good issues working the soccer.

“He simply must proceed changing into the soccer participant we anticipate him to be as a result of we anticipate our guys to do rather a lot from that working again place. The factor that he’s achieved is he’s accepted the problem and he’s doing issues he actually hasn’t achieved prior to now.”

Jones discovered himself out and in of the lineup throughout his 4 years in Tampa Bay. He had his finest season in 2020, ending with 978 dashing yards and 7 touchdowns earlier than accumulating one other 139 dashing yards within the postseason. He spent nearly all of the 2021 marketing campaign behind Leonard Fournette on the depth chart, and after topping 1,000 yards from scrimmage in each 2019 and 2020, he completed final 12 months with solely 492 whole yards.

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The 25-year-old has averaged a good 4.5 yards per carry all through his profession, however he’s by no means been in a position to set up a job within the passing sport. In 4 season, Jones has hauled in 76 receptions. For comparability’s sake, McKinnon has twice as many profession receptions regardless of enjoying solely two extra seasons than his teammate. It goes past the counting stats; whereas Jones didn’t have sufficient snaps to qualify for Professional Soccer Focus’ grades, he would have ranked within the bottom-fourth amongst RBs in pass-catching skill. Jones additionally earned ugly grades in his blocking prowess, together with a pass-blocking rating that may have ranked because the second-worst amongst all RBs.

The Chiefs inked Jones to a one-year, $1.5M contract this previous offseason. The staff may recoup about half of that cap hit by releasing the veteran. That $750K financial savings isn’t important sufficient to make a significant affect on the cap sheet, and that’s why if the Chiefs do finally transfer on from Jones, the transfer in all probability received’t be attributed to cash.

In fact, this isn’t to say that Jones doesn’t have a spot within the NFL. Nonetheless, he doesn’t appear to have a transparent position in Kansas Metropolis, and that reality may finally earn him his strolling papers by the tip of the preseason.