From @NFLNetwork: Players to watch as we get closer to Tuesday, taking a look at #49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo, #Chiefs RB Ronald Jones, and #Steelers QB Mason Rudolph (who has drawn trade interest). pic.twitter.com/hsyKqC8LRt
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 26, 2022
With preseason Week 3 officially in the books the Kansas City Chiefs can now turn their attention to assembling their 53-man regular season roster ahead of next Tuesday’s deadline.
One of the biggest storylines for the team this offseason has been the status of free agent RB Ronald Jones. He didn’t receive much work with the first team during the course of training camp. He also really didn’t see much work in the preseason until the Week 3 game against the Packers last night. It’s caused many to speculate that the former second-round draft pick might not make the team in Kansas City.
Appearing on NFL Network on Friday, Insider Ian Rapoport named Jones as one of three players to watch ahead of the deadline when it comes to trades alongside 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo and Steelers QB Mason Rudolph.
“Another player we are keeping our eye on (is) Ronald Jones for the Kansas City Chiefs,” Rapoport said. “(Jones) signed for just $1.5 million, due just $500K guaranteed. When you’ve seen the emergence of players such as Isiah Pacheco and, of course, they have Clyde Edwards-Helaire. (Jones) played pretty well last night, might that be enough to keep him on the roster? (It’s) looking OK so far, but stay tuned at a later date to see which way they end up.”
It sounds like all options are still on the table for Jones and the Chiefs, including a trade. What happens with Jones could ultimately come down to the roster crunch at other positions. Something to watch is whether Kansas City decides to carry three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster.