He finished with just 23 carries for 44 yards, plus seven receptions for 33 yards. 2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Statistics & Players. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. That means that if they hope to find a homerun hitter in that group their best bet will be helping Ronald Jones have a breakout second season. With a new-look depth chart and a fresh approach from an overhauled coaching staff, one of two things will happen for the Buccaneers in 2019. Sep 29, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones (27) stiff arms Los Angeles Rams outside linebacker Clay Matthews (52) on a third quarter running play at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. 2020 Tampa Bay Buccaneers depth chart for all positions. While Winston's prove-it season is the biggest storyline in Tampa Bay for 2019, it's only one of many for a team introducing a handful of new players and some scheme changes. Regardless of how playing time is distributed, one thing is certain: These corners will be asked to play a lot of press man coverage, a staple of Bowles' defense. Gone from Tampa are familiar names like Gerald McCoy, Kwon Alexander, Adam Humphries, DeSean Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers. On Monday we examined the quarterbacks. Jones did not find a role in the Bucs' 2018 offense to start the season and when he did get his opportunities they were relatively brief and rarely productive. Now we'll move on to their offensive backfield mates: Running Backs. The big change in the backfield came last year, when the team moved on from Doug Martin and, two months later, drafted USC's Ronald Jones early in the second round. "We have to improve that. He's a phone booth guy, knows how to make guys miss, drop his shoulder. The Bucs averaged 7.7 net yards per pass attempt, second-best in the NFL. All-time Passing Leader: Jameis Winston 1,563/2,548, 19,737 yds, 121 TD . Williams had a nice 4.5-yard per-carry average and had a stint as the primary ballcarrier for about a third of the season in 2017. He and David have the potential to form one of the NFL's best inside linebacking duos. Below is a breakdown of the Buccaneers' depth chart projection for 2019. "So the biggest thing with him is restoring his confidence. The rushing attack of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was terrible one year ago, and if they have plans of competing in 2019, this must change. Defensive Coordinator: Todd Bowles. According to Pro Football Focus, "since coming into the league in 2015, Winston has maintained the highest average depth of target at 10.8 yards downfield. According to PFF, when Ellington was with the Cardinals from 2013-17, he had the 16th-most targets (210) among RBs in the league and the 12th-most yards per reception (9.1). Join Stu Jones and the Florida Powerboat Club as they take on the 2019 Tampa Bay Poker Run. MORE: Where Arians ranks among NFL coaches. And we trust Bowles to play to their strengths in an aggressive scheme that will benefit from more pressure generated by the front seven. An early look at the Seahawks 2019 running backs. As such, we are taking a position-by-position look to see how things have changed and where the Bucs stand at each corner of the depth chart heading into the new season. They are powerful. Though they finished last in the NFC South last season with a record of 5-11, they field a handful of returning Pro Bowl-caliber players — think Mike Evans, O.J. Key Question: Can Ronald Jones be the one to provide those aforementioned big plays? Carl Nassib is projected to start opposite Barrett, but Nelson could steal some reps on the edge from either starter. Peyton Barber is first on the depth chart right now with second-year running back Ronald Jones behind him. For him it's working on his approach, learning how to be a pro.". All-time Receiving Leader: Mike Evans 510 rec, 7,873 yds, 59 TD Both briefly possessed the kickoff return job, and that very thing could help them keep a foot in the roster door in 2019. What's in this article? Though he may not be a true number one running back he does have some potential to become one. He sees it as well, he makes the right cuts, so I'm perfectly fine with having Peyton in.". Tampa Bay signed Blaine Gabbert, who has experience in Arians' offense, to help the starter along mentally. The Buccaneers' Week 15 list of protected practice squad players is the same as last week: K Greg Joseph, CB Herb Miller and G John Molchon. Once they officially sign a group of undrafted free agents, the Buccaneers will likely be at or near the 90-man offseason roster limit. The Bucs also didn't stack up many wins, and as a result a coaching change followed the end of the 2018 season. 24. Martin had already ceded his starting job to Peyton Barber, an ascending player who originally arrived as an undrafted free agent, and the addition of Jones was supposed to create a productive one-two punch of power and speed. That would be Jacquizz Rodgers, who played 368 snaps on offense in 2018 to 90 for Jones. Without the running game I don't think you can do much in the passing game because we've got to set up the play-action pass just by being able to run it.". Again, the Buccaneers are returning that hopeful 1-2 combo of Barber and Jones but the man who actually spelled Barber most often has moved on. (Detroit Lions via AP). He and center Ryan Jensen, fresh off contract extensions, return as the rocks of the offensive line. The nickel corner spot is up in the air; M.J. Stewart, who will be in more of a hybrid position this year, played a lot in that role last season, and Arians likes what he has seen from Ryan Smith. Previous Season Next Season. Both were essentially there for most of Arians' five-year run in the desert, filling complementary roles and putting up some nice numbers in the process. The Rams basically have an out after 2020. As will the additions of edge-rushers Shaquil Barrett in free agency and Anthony Nelson in the fourth round of the draft. Dare Ogunbowale, who has just 11 carries in 2019… After the first couple weeks of training camp and preseason-opening loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, we are starting to see a clearer picture of what the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 53-man depth chart will look like come Week 1 of the regular season. Featuring 2018-2019 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and some of the greatest NFL running backs of all time, the best Buccaneers RBs include Cadillac Williams, … A new deal for left tackle Donovan Smith and their picking up the option on right tackle Demar Dotson's contract, though, were tougher calls, as neither starting tackle was graded well by PFF last season despite their durability. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the 2019 season with largely the same group of running backs they had in 2018, but they are expecting to wring far better results from that crew. Visit ESPN to view the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team depth chart for the current season Tampa Bay can't depend on Jason Pierre-Paul, who might not return from his neck injury until December, so William Gholston and Beau Allen will have to play big roles on the defensive line. (Detroit Lions via AP). The Buccaneers would obviously like more big plays in their rushing attack but the first order of business is to get it back to an every-down reliability. "Guys like RoJo haven't had a lot of real opportunities. ", Arians' history of success working with quarterbacks obviously plays to Winston's advantage, as does the coach's reputation style-wise — "no risk it, no biscuit." Here’s why Gurley makes the list. ESPN Fantasy Projection: Barber signed with Washington following four seasons in Tampa Bay. He would work his way into the line up and rotate with the other backs Tampa has. If all goes as planned, there won't be much change at this position. It’s no secret that an Arians offense is a boon for the passing game, but few fantasy football owners are aware of the kind of production that running backs typically produce in his systems. It’s all about his contract. August 6, 2019, 7:59 AM Fantasy Sleepers at Running Back: Two rookies among possible 2019 draft steals “Sleeper” is a complicated and often misused word in fantasy. In 2002, the first year the league expanded to 32 teams, the No. Little over a week away from the start of training camp, we take a look at the Green Bay Packers running backs for the 2019 season. Josh Jacobs, Oakland Raiders. Marpet, the left guard, might be the best player on the team. Tampa Bay's offense was very good at converting third downs in 2018, ranking third in the league with a 46.0% success rate. He might be the biggest beneficiary of the team's move to a base 3-4. While Williams is a solid depth player, Ellington might be relied upon often should Jones struggle, especially in the passing game. Perriman is an interesting experiment and, if he can stay healthy, a potentially perfect addition to this corps with his straight-line speed. When you're averaging four yards a carry your offense is efficient. It’s very simple. Bobo Wilson, Justin Watson, Anthony Johnson and DaMarkus Lodge will battle for playing time and, later in the summer, spots on the roster. The extensions for Marpet and Jensen were easy decisions for the Bucs. And he no longer has to look over his shoulder at Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is now in Miami. Suh won't need to play nose as often in Tampa because the Bucs have Vea, who when healthy last season was one of the NFL's most effective interior pass-rushers. Weber is an option to consider for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Though some of it was due to game situations â mostly, too many early and big scoreboard deficits â Tampa Bay's ground game never got into any sort of groove, and the timeshare of Barber and Jones certainly did not materialize. Weber may be a good pick up in the fourth round if not late third. "Four or more, used to be [our] thing," said Running Backs Coach Todd McNair, remembering his days as a running back in Kansas City, with Arians as his position coach. The Bucs fought off the Vikings' attempt to replace them as the NFC's sixth seed and now have a two-game edge over the teams just outside the conference playoff picture. Three running backs who could give Tampa Bay teams fits. "Just find four yards. The Buccaneers' new coaches clearly believe in Peyton Barber as a running back who can grind out an efficient rushing attack, finding the lane quickly, hitting it hard and usually pushing forward for extra yardage after contact. Other Running Backs in Tampa Bay Dare Ogunbowale, who has just 11 carries in 2019, is a pass-catching specialist and it may seem like the signing of LeSean McCoy … The Bucs will have four active running backs on Sunday: Vaughn, Ronald … Over the last three seasons, Brady averaged 166 targets to running backs. The Buccaneers produced the most yards in the league through the air but weren't able to complement that with a strong rushing attack. Either new coach Bruce Arians' methods will push quarterback Jameis Winston to new heights, and the 25-year-old passer will earn a long-term contract in Tampa Bay as a result, or the mistake-prone nature of Winston's play will be amplified, ending his tenure with the team that drafted him first overall five years ago. Yes, the Buccaneers are transitioning to a 3-4 base defense, but Bowles has said his defense will be multiple — as it should be — and still feature four-man fronts when necessary. As of Wednesday morning, that competition consisted of two young, returning players and two more seasoned veterans who previously worked with Arians in Arizona. McNair would seem to be a good mentor in this regard. https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/39/f7/jameis-winston-060419-getty-ftrjpg_p0r50hafw2o61jcvixyekww7b.jpg?t=592055403&w=500&quality=80, Why Howard might be league's best TE soon. Detroit Lions running back Wes Hills (36) runs for a touchdown during a NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019 in Detroit. By Bailey Adams @BaileyJAdams22 Jul 8, … MORE: The NFL's most indispensable defenders. All-time Rushing Leader: James Wilder 1,575 att, 5,957 yds, 37 TD . They are hopeful that Jones can hit the home runs to complement Barber, and that's obviously less of a sure thing. But his fate depends on his play this season working with the man whose book is literally titled, "The Quarterback Whisperer. Right guard is open for competition, but the favorite to earn the starting job is Earl Watford, who played for Arians in Arizona, assuming Tampa wants him to play guard and not tackle. Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At Week 2 of the preseason, predicting what will the Tampa Bay Buccaneers depth chart look like for the offense when the 2019 season kicks off. Ellington had the most robust receiving numbers of the two and should get a crack at competing for the third-down job. The Buccaneers placed specialists Ryan Succop, Bradley Pinion and Zach Triner on the Reserve/COVID-19 list, which was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. Click to show. ", The bad news, also via PFF: "Among the 34 qualifying quarterbacks since 2015, Winston ranks 30th in adjusted completion percentage from his deep attempts, 29th in big-time throw rate, 18th in turnover-worthy play rate, 29th in positively graded play rate and 28th in negatively graded play rate.". (Which, to be fair, we could say for anybody, but both tight ends have a recent history of dings.) And while it might not be "totally fixed" as Arians suggests, the defensive backs do look better. The middle of the second level, though, should provide more pass-rushing help this season with the addition of White. Yes, Winston still has a chance to earn a lucrative, long-term contract extension in Tampa Bay, as SN contributor and former NFL team executive Jeff Diamond recently explained. Seasons: 45 (1976 to 2020) Record (W-L-T): 274-429-1 Playoff Record: 6-9 Super Bowls Won: 1 (1 Appearance) Championships Won *: 1 . Consider Arians’ running back resume, dating back to his years in Pittsburgh: May not be the fastest guy, but he's a runner with the football and it's more important that when you turn around to hand that football up, you're giving it to a runner, not a specific fast guy. The best position for Suh, who is replacing McCoy, is a three-technique, where he presumably will play when the Bucs deploy a four-man front. "Obviously here in the past, from what I've been told, the running game hasn't been that great," said Run Game Coordinator Harold Goodwin. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers head into the 2019 season with largely the same group of running backs they had in 2018, but they are expecting to wring far better results from that crew. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have high expectations coming into the 2020 season. High-volume running backs are harder and harder to find. Expected W-L: 8.2-7.8. When Tampa goes double tight, which Arians likes to do, expect backup Antony Auclair to play in-line since he is the team's best blocking tight end. Arians hired Todd Bowles to be his defensive coordinator, and the former Jets head coach brings with him a new base 3-4 defense. SRS: .39 (14th of 32), SOS: -0.18 Offensive Coordinator: Byron Leftwich. That’s not what any team wants from a running back selected in the second round. But the coach has never been able to deploy a duo like this, leading us to believe Howard and Brate both will be big-time receiving targets for Winston. One thing is certain: For better or worse, the Buccaneers are a team worth watching in 2019. Both Andre Ellington and Kerwynn Williams last saw regular-season action under Arians with the Cardinals in 2017. Other Running Backs in Tampa Bay The Bucs currently have three other running backs on the roster. The 2019 season was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' 44th in the National Football League, their 22nd playing their home games at Raymond James Stadium and their first under head coach Bruce Arians.Despite improving on their 5–11 record from 2018 with a Week 14 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, the Buccaneers missed the playoffs for the twelfth consecutive season, which meant the … There will likely be a few tweaks to that roster between now and training camp, but the group the Bucs will take into that camp is mostly now set. Behind them, Tampa Bay needs Noah Spence to step up his pass-rushing game. They are fast. The depth chart for the entire line will be in flux through training camp, as the Buccaneers have a handful of players who can play in swing backup roles at both guard and tackle. Jones is a fluid athlete, however, and McNair thinks he can help the young back improve significantly in that part of the game by focusing on his hands. He didn't have enormous pass-catching numbers for the Trojans, with 32 catches over three years, but he averaged 13.4 yards per grab as a junior and the Bucs believed he could break some long ones if he got the ball out in space. So the Buccaneers' running backs will not only need to be more involved as receivers, but they also might be asked to line up in the slot or even out wide at times. Behind that promising trio is sixth-round pick Scotty Miller, who is built like an ideal slot receiver and will be the favorite to start from that position when Godwin lines up outside. And, indeed, McNair says his work with Jones on catching the ball is already paying off, with the second-year back dropping a couple passes at the beginning of Phase 2 of the offseason program (when coaches can start working with players on the field) but none in recent weeks. That's good news for Tampa Bay's newest defensive lineman. The only sure thing for Tampa Bay in its last line of defense is Justin Evans, who returns as a solid strong safety. And they are durable. Again, Bowles love to blitz, so expect all of these linebackers to get in on the pass-rushing action. Byron Leftwich is also on hand as a coordinator to help Arians coach an offense known to push the ball downfield and feature multiple looks. Jones had 23 rushes for 44 yards last year. Unfortunately, Jones didn't find a lot of space in the early going and that may have slowed down his NFL momentum. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been busy stacking their offensive backfield for the 2019 season. 2020 Buccaneers Position Preview: Running Backs Our 2020 Position Preview series rolls on today with a look at Tampa Bay’s backfield. The Texans won 23-20. Tampa Bay is sitting Fournette on Sunday in favor of rookie running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn. 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