Named starter heading into Week 2
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that Jones will serve as the team's starting running back in Sunday's game against the Falcons, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Though he entered Week 1 atop the depth chart, Jones didn't actually start in the Bucs' season-opening win over the Cowboys, as he wasn't on the field for the team's first snap. He didn't end up working as a de facto starter, either, as he played just nine percent of the team's offensive snaps, trailing fellow running backs Leonard Fournette (64 percent) and Gio Bernard (27 percent). Jones' limited use was largely the byproduct of a fumble early in the contest, but Arians said he believes the 24-year-old will bounce back fine in Week 2. Despite Arians labeling him as the starter, Jones can't be trusted to see the bulk of the backfield work Week 2, particularly if he struggles to get going on the ground early and/or if the Buccaneers are forced into a more pass-happy game script.
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Pierre-Paul, who didn't practice Wednesday, recently received a second opinion on his injured shoulder and was recommended to rest for the Buccaneers' Week 3 game against the Rams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Johnson secured one of two targets for five yards across 17 snaps from scrimmage during the Buccaneers' 48-25 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Miller, who did not draw a target over 12 snaps from scrimmage in a Week 2 win over the Falcons, could be set for a bigger role in Week 3 against the Rams after Antonio Brown was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday.
Howard secured his only target for 21 yards while logging 11 snaps from scrimmage in Sunday's 48-25 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
The Buccaneers placed Brown on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday after he tested positive for the virus, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Head coach Bruce Arians said that Pierre-Paul (shoulder) was held out of Wednesday's practice and is considered day-to-day, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.
The Buccaneers placed Brown on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, and he'll now need to test negative for the virus 24 hours apart to be eligible for Sunday's game at Los Angeles, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Brown brought in one of three targets for 17 yards in the Buccaneers' 48-25 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Jones rushed six times for 27 yards and secured one of three targets for nine yards in the Buccaneers' 48-25 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Fournette rushed 11 times for 52 yards and secured all four targets for 24 yards in the Buccaneers' 48-25 win over the Falcons on Sunday.