This year’s Trojans roster is gearing up for a shot at a national title. Still, it’s always intriguing to take a retrospective look at some of USC’s alumni who have made their mark in the professional football world.
Regrettably, for one former USC running back, his recent stint with the team that brought him on board this offseason has come to an abrupt end.
Ronald Jones has been released by the Dallas Cowboys. The two-time Super Bowl winner joined the organization in 2023 free agency, immediately following the club’s decision to move on from Ezekiel Elliott. Jones went on to have a rough training camp, mostly due to the two-game suspension that was levied for violation of the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances, but he subsequently suffered a groin injury that prevented him from participating in any of the three preseason contests.
This running back, Jones, emerged from USC after an impressive 2017 junior season, during which he racked up over 1500 yards rushing, averaging nearly six yards per carry. His talent didn’t go unnoticed, and he was selected in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Jones as the 38th overall pick, and he went on to spend four productive seasons in the sunshine state.
Jones’s crowning achievement came during the 2020 season when he nearly hit the 1000-yard rushing mark and clinched a Super Bowl title in Tom Brady’s inaugural season with the franchise.
However, his journey took a different turn when he joined the Kansas City Chiefs last year. Jones assumed a reserve role but continued to add to his collection of Super Bowl championships as a valuable part of the Chiefs’ dominant team.
Having recently been released by his last team in Dallas, Jones is now a free agent. The NFL landscape in week 2 has been marred by a slew of running back injuries, potentially paving the way for a swift signing for the experienced running back.
At just 26 years old, Jones remains a prime candidate to find a new home on an NFL roster in the near future. His journey in professional football continues, and fans will be keeping a close eye on his next destination in the league.