The Chiefs’ offense has undergone some dramatic changes this offseason, with the biggest being the trade of wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins. They have also brought on board numerous amounts of talent from free agency to the draft, from signing Marquez Valdes-Scantling to drafting Skyy Moore. However, among all the movement for their offense, one recently signed player could be a secret key for the Chiefs’ offense.
That player is running back Ronald Jones II, who had signed a one-year, five million dollar deal this offseason. There are a few ways that he can be a huge key for this Chiefs’ offense:
Chiefs’ Offensive Line + Ronald Jones Could Work Wonders
Let’s state the obvious right away; the Chiefs’ have a top-five offensive line coming into next season in large part due to rookie standouts Creed Humphrey and Trey Smith, along with veterans Joe Thuney and Orlando Brown Jr. The Chiefs were ranked third in run block win rate in 2021 (73%) with Brown having an 81% win rate (seconD among tackles), Smith with a 75% win rate (third among guards), and Humphrey with a 72% win rate (fifth among centers). So, this offensive line can create holes for RBs to burst through.
Additionally, back in 2020, when Jones had his career-best 5.1 yards per run, he was behind a middle-of-the-pack offensive line in a run blocking sense. The Buccaneers ranked 17th in run block win rate in 2020 (70%); additionally, no players on their offensive line broke the top ten in run blocking. Now, behind an offensive line like the Chiefs, with the talent they have, imagine what Jones or any running back can do. We saw Darrel Williams, a primary backup, had a career year with over 1,000 scrimmage yards last season. Jones has a huge opportunity to bounce back here in Kansas City.
Availability And Reliability
One of the best aspects any player can have, regardless of position, is availability. Jones has only missed three games in the past three seasons, which is fairly good for a running back who has had less than 50% of snaps through his career. In contrast, Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been bit by the injury bug in his first two seasons; he has missed ten games in the past two seasons, missing seven in 2021, making Darrel Williams the main RB for a decent stretch of the 2021 season.
We could also rely on Jones if CEH is out. As the primary starter back in 2020, Jones averaged 5.1 yards per run (seventh in 2020) and had 978 rushing yards (11th in 2020) in 14 games behind a great offensive line. As stated earlier, imagine what he can do with the star power of that offensive line who had one of the best running blocking scores that season.
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