Bruce Arians Readying For RBs Battle, Says Bucs Drafted “A Smaller But Much Faster Version Of David Johnson”

April 25th, 2020

Competition has arrived to the running backs room at One Buc Palace.

And perhaps more is coming.

Bucco Bruce Arians was all smiles today following the conclusion of the NFL Draft, in which the Bucs picked two running backs: Ke’shawn Vaughn in Round 3 and speedster Raymond Calais in Round 7.

Several times this offseason, Arians said he was looking for a pass catching running back, a guy he could use effectively in “empty” sets, aka five wide.

Joe reminded Arians of his desired and asked if they were met. Coach, back at the Combine you said you were looking for a David Johnson-type of pass-catching running back. So did you find that guy? Do you think have that guy yet?

Bruce Arians: I think Ke’shawn Vaughn is a guy that can play every down. I don’t consider him a David Johnson. I think that [seventh-round pick] Raymond [Calais] is a very smaller version but much faster version of David Johnson. He’s a heck of a little running back. I wouldn’t say he’s Tarik Cohen but he’s kind of that style guy, that, you know, joystick type guy. He can go out and play wide receiver and would be a mismatch. So also, you know, we have T.J. Logan, who got hurt last year. They’ll have a heck of a battle.

Arians really seemed jacked up multiple times when it came to Calais. Yeah, it’s possible he was only extra fired up because they guy was just drafted 10 minutes prior to the online news conference.

It’ll be very intriguing to see how the Bucs running backs battle it out, and if the Bucs bring in a veteran to compete. Joe even heard Dare Ogunbowale talking on CBS Sports Radio the other day about learning how to play with Tom Brady from his close friend and former Wisconsin teammate James White, the longtime Patriots running back.

26 Responses to “Bruce Arians Readying For RBs Battle, Says Bucs Drafted “A Smaller But Much Faster Version Of David Johnson””

  1. tbbucs3 Says:

    Id rather have the size than the speed BA in the NFL. Both would be ideal (JK Dobbins)

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Hope these guys work out because we are flat-a$$ out of money.

    Gronk tapped us dry…..

  3. ncbucsfan Says:

    Winfield is going to be a star at safety for us!! If he stays healthy I believe he is Earl Thomas. I need Justin Evans to get a witch-doctor or something and get healthy somehow! Our defense will be For-mid-a-ble if these two are healthy!

  4. Jeffbuc Says:

    Tbbic3 is going to be last years ghost of Darrell Henderson and the year before the guy that spewed everyday we should trade are whole draft for saquan. We did t get Dobbins get over it and please don’t knee harping on it the rest of the offseason. Celebrate who is here

  5. Buczilla Says:

    I’m happy that your excited coach, now to sign Devonta Freeman asap before we lose out on another difference maker.

  6. ncbucsfan Says:

    We’ll get money! Evans restructured already so it won’t be by him, but between Donovan Smith, Jensen, and Brate, one of them can help free up some cash! Maybe Shaq will sign a friendly 3-yr contract decreasing his 2020-2021 cap number! Trust…there are ways to get cash freed up.

  7. tbbucs3 Says:

    Jeffbuc, so celebrate Jason Lichts poor drafting ability?

    Im not on the JK Dobbins bandwagon I just want a good running game IDK care who it is. The Bucs need to sign a FA back quick.

  8. Don_RyJo(e) Says:

    I’d feel more confident if they get a proven veteran.

  9. Rod Munch Says:

    Interesting, if Calais can catch the ball, and pass block, then maybe he’s the 3rd down back. His highlights sure do look good – but that’s what you expect from highlights I guess.

  10. BUCTIME Says:

    I really like what they did in the draft and they will sign a FA RB like Thompson, but no more selling our 4 stadium club seats or begging someone to take them for free. I can’t wait for the season to start and it’s going to be a fun couple of years Bucs Nation!!! Lastly who’s worse Kobe Flaker or NDOG aka Jamiss jock holder ?? Both of them suck as commentators on here and I guess we have to deal with this until the Bucs clinch a playoff birth? You guys have nothing better to do you on a Saturday or any of Joes post then bash every pick or move the Bucs make ? Your comments make it clear that you’ve struggled throughout life dealing with people and going to assume it started at a young age with getting made fun of or being put in lockers ? You post for a reaction, but your comments and attitude must come from something deeper like being a loaner, single, overweight, and all around not happy with yourself. Like I’ve said many times go for a long walk or to another site and maybe it will work with those people, but every time you comment it just give us more of what your everyday lives must look like and what type of person you are. Don’t worry boys there’s Probably 40 year old virgins and maybe one day you can make the jump to manhood which might make you more positive, but until then keep being salty and hateful !!!! Go Bucs

  11. BUCTIME Says:

    Not just those clowns, but now it’s coming from other negative couch GMs too ?? Stop with this BS and be happy that we have one of the most exciting teams in the NFL and will actually make the playoffs !! Take your negativity and shove it or take it to another site because these next couple of years are going to be so much fun and as an 18 year season ticket holder I can’t wait. Only positive post should be in here and I like what they did in the draft and added 3 day 1 starters and let the other picks fall in line !!! GO BUCS and it’s time for people to either be all in or walk the plank and find another team

  12. tbbucs3 Says:

    I like the the same ones who plauged this site with Jameis hate for YEARS are now the ones saying to stop any negativity. The hypocrisy is unreal. Fans are allowed to criticize draft picks people.

  13. geno711 Says:

    Excited about this team but not going to get excited about our 7th round pick.

  14. Ivan The Insider Says:

    Tbbucs3, it’s pathetic that you and the other Jameis homers are so bitter and just post negativity here now non-stop.

  15. tbbucs3 Says:

    Right Ivan, me saying that a 5’8 undersized 7th round pick might not work out is being negative.

  16. Ivan The Insider Says:

    tbbucs3, I’m referring to your other 200 negative posts.

  17. Miller5252 Says:

    I think we had a heck of a draft! It’s too bad we didn’t get Trent Williams. After seeing how cheap SF got em for it would have been a nice pick up and we could have gotten one of those good DE or DT. Not taking anything away for our tackle pick, he looks like he can be beast for years. Let’s just hope the heat doesn’t kill him. But like I said, I think we did a good job this year and can’t wait for the season to kick off!!! Welcome new Bucs!! Keep changing the culture and get us to the playoffs!!! GO BUCS!!

  18. Jfat Says:

    Somebody needs to be Brady’s 2min drill dump off back, Maybe we luck out and this kid is a baby James White.

  19. adam from ny Says:

    i’m fairly pleased on paper and with filling needs, with our first 4 picks…

    after that, anything else is gravy…

    wirf – A

    winfield – B+

    vaughn – B (fits the role needed nicely to go with brady- looks like a pats style back already)

    johnson – B+

    the 6th and 7th rounders are just gravy if they pan out, because with good scouting you can pick up a few good undrafted free agents that could have been drafted late anyway

  20. donuts Says:

    Dobbins cant pass protect…I guess you didnt hear but Tom doesnt want players on the field he doesnt trust.

  21. Bucsfan1976 Says:

    Need a proven RB. Sign Devonta Freeman. Last piece of the offense puzzle.

  22. jimm Says:

    serious question. if you are going into empty backfield set, why don’t you just bring in all receivers? wouldn’t the mismatches be better with another receiver on the line instead of the running back?

  23. John Says:

    We used to have a little guy named Warrick Dunn who shared RB duties. That worked out pretty well (although Dunn was even faster than Calais).

  24. Defense Rules Says:

    @BUCTIME … “Not just those clowns, but now it’s coming from other negative couch GMs too ?? Take your negativity and shove it or take it to another site”.

    Everyone’s entitled to an opinion BUCTIME, including you. Here’s a thought: If you don’t like someone else’s opinion, DON’T READ IT. What makes work is that MOST to appreciate diverse opinions on all-things-Bucs. Some may appear to be more ‘negative’ than others on various issues, but their opinions can still provide valuable insight for those who know how to keep an open mind.

    We all get enough of the ‘take it and shove it’ crappola from the two extreme ends of the political spectrum. Don’t need it here.

  25. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I hope we’ll honestly consider Vita Vea as an RB/HB/FB in goal line offense.

    Remember that TD catch last year? It looked very natural. And of course he’d be a blocking behemoth in front of our quick RB’s…and other D’s would have to account for him. At minimum he’d supply a wonderful distraction.

  26. dapper5don615 Says:

    Over all, I’m pleased with the moves the Bucs have made. Just like EVERYTHING else in life, somethings are going to work out according to plan and somethings won’t. On the fly adjustments are always key X-factors in life. We are going to have a very interesting season!