The Tampa Bay Buccaneers overcame a CVS receipt worth of mistakes to beat the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, one of which was a fumble by running back Ronald Jones II.
Jones didn’t see the field again after his fumble, as Leonard Fournette took over the running back duties the rest of the way for the defending Super Bowl champs.
Speaking to the media Friday, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians had an interesting response when asked about Jones’ absence after the fumble.
“‘Ro’ was running really, really well until the fumble, and then he struggled mentally to get over it,” Arians said. “That was too big of a game and go out there and not be focused, so ‘Lenny’ got the rest of the way.”
That sure sounds like a benching, and nobody likes getting benched after a mistake, instead of getting a chance to get back on the field and make up for it.
On Saturday, Jones posted this on Twitter:
I’m always ready when my number is called … just call me
— RoJo ひ “The Breeze” (@rojo) September 11, 2021
It’s hard not to read between the lines and interpret Jones’ tweet as a response to Arians’ assertion that Jones wasn’t in the right mental space to come back into the game Thursday night.
Arians would also be wise to remember what happened when Jones fumbled against the Carolina Panthers last year, then broke off a 98-yard touchdown run later in the game.