From the outside looking in, the Kansas City Chiefs running back room looks like a crowded fit at this point. Yet if you ask Ronald Jones, he’s filled with confidence going forward that his skill set is just what the Chiefs offense will need in part in 2022.
Jones joined the Chiefs this spring on a one-year deal at a nice, team-friendly price tag of $1.5 million. Given his youth, proven production as recently as 2020, and championship experience after a few years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jones was a solid signing for general manager Brett Veach.
Last year, Jones gave way to Leonard Fournette in the lead back role and put up a frustrating stat line of 101 carries for 428 rushing yards and 4 scores. However, he’s only a year removed from a team-leading 978 yards and 7 touchdowns in 2020.
Running back Ronald Jones spoke to reporters on Wednesday about the ways in which his skills will translate well for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs have set themselves up with other options, ranging from former first-round pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who is expected to receive the lion’s share of carries, to the newly re-signed Jerick McKinnon. There are also others like Jerrion Ealy and Derrick Gore, but the pecking order definitely follows the trio of vets.
Jones told reporters at mandatory minicamp on Wednesday that he believes the Chiefs need what he brings to the table, which is why the signing was such a good fit in the first place.
“I think [my skills] are going to translate well. A lot of similarities to what I’ve done in the past down in Tampa. It’s just correlating it and getting the rest of the playbook down so you can go out there,” he said.
In addition, Jones wasn’t phased by the signing of McKinnon or the presence of so many options. In fact, attrition is such in the NFL that the Chiefs will need all hands on deck.
“It’s a long season. Preseason included can go like 24 games. It’s going to take more than just one guy, and think that’s what they’re looking forward to, so a one-two-three punch if you will. It’s all good.”
For the Chiefs, the best-case scenario would be that the competition brings out the best in each individual component and that the depth acquired will help the team last through the rigors of several months of a very physical sport. Jones sounds ready to do his part in the hopes of winning his second Super Bowl ring.