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Chiefs’ Ronald Jones adds explosive downhill for 2022 season

The Kansas City Chiefs have made plenty of moves in free agency in 2022, the majority being sly good chants that bring in players who should produce for Kansas City without breaking the bank.Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones fits well into this category Jones arrives at 1 Arrowhead Drive on a one-year contract after playing in Tampa the first four seasons of his career.

Jones will most likely be tasked with being the primary first-round replacement for Clyde Edwards-Helaire in 2020, who is looking to bounce back from an injury-riddled season. can help change that. He runs hard but with patience and vision to see the holes and then hit them with intention.

The basics

Ronald Jones played his high school ball in Texas, where the importance of the prep ball is well documented. He played collegiately for the USC Trojans, with whom he had great success. He lost 13 meters before having three consecutive 1,000 meter matches. campaigns, but capped his career with 1,550 rushing yards and scoring 19 touchdowns in his junior season in 2017. During his three years in Southern California, he totaled 3,619 rushing yards, scored 32 rushing touchdowns and an average of 6.1 yards per carry. Tampa Bay selected him in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Jones’ biggest detractor during the draft process was his height and concern over his durability in the pros, however, he received comparisons to Jamaal Charles, who was also seen as a smaller fullback for pro football.

Don’t get me wrong: Jones hasn’t reached the level of a Charles and maybe never will, but the four-year-old will only turn 25 in August and still has a lot to offer.

How it was used

Jones’ rookie season was quiet as he totaled just 44 rushing yards and scored a touchdown, but started to figure things out a little more his sophomore season when he eclipsed 700 rushing yards and found the end zone six times on the ground. The NFL’s career season came in 2020 when he failed to rush for more than 1,000 yards, finishing with a career-best 978 yards and seven scores.

Jones primarily served as RB2 for the Bucs behind Leonard Fournette in 2021 and is now heading to his NFL second team hoping to build on what has been a respectable career so far. He carried the ball at least 100 times in the previous three seasons, giving him plenty of experience to exploit.

Jones has scored four times in 2021, and three of them have come on away runs. This one happened against New England. He can be patient enough to let the shooting offensive guard kick out his target, and Jones accelerates into the back of his lineman to hit the holeshot. He can push back a defender while moving towards the pylon.

Here’s another example of Jones hitting speed to turn the corner on an outside run that ends in the end zone. His vision is very complementary to his speed of play, and it allows him to defend against exploiters who take bad angles on him. He has deceptive extra gear that allows him to reach top speed quickly, leaving guys in his wake.

How he fits in with the Chiefs

Jones is so dangerous on outward runs because he can set them up with hard runs between tackles. Thanks to his eyes and footwork, he can hit down the middle for gritty yards. He can maneuver quickly in short areas and contort his way through holes he sees developing before they’re actually there.

The Chiefs like to shoot Joe Thuney and Trey Smith, and both are effective in space, so with Jones added to the fold, he’ll pair well with those two and center Creed Humphrey. Jones makes his best money running behind athletic offensive linemen, and he’s best performing down runs to the point of attack, which I think we’ll see more of Andy Reid in 2022.

Jones’ career play came in Week 10 of 2020 when he crossed a few tackles on his way to scoring on a 98-yard run. Big plays like this are much more likely to happen. with receivers capable of blocking. tell the difference between a first down and a touchdown.

The Chiefs added wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster, who is used to blocking and when you have guys like Jones who aren’t elite burners but can get into open space with tenacity and a hard run, having receivers who can lock up defenders on the outside is valuable.

The bottom line

Edwards-Helaire should be the guy as he enters his third year in the league, but brings out the best in real competitors. Jones brings a great resume with him to Kansas City, but where he lacks competition is as a real receiving threat. He struggles to catch the ball cleanly, but he’ll push Edwards-Helaire for early work.

I can’t wait to see how the rest of the running backs room will be filled out, but the addition of Jones helps this group in a variety of ways. He has been around some very successful football minds his entire career and is now joining a team with head coach Reid and former offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy who will help him achieve even more success.

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