Emotional Raymond Calais Video

April 29th, 2020

Strong stuff here from the ABC-TV affiliate in Lafayette, Louisiana, the 123rd biggest media market in the country.

The Buccaneers’ final pick of Saturday’s seventh round, running back Raymond Calais, is from the area and played running back for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. The TV station had a camera in his living room during Day 3 of the draft.

They captured the glory and the agony, including when Calais’ phone rang during Round 6 from a team that said we want to draft you but we’re not sure. Ouch!

Then more teams called to sell Calais on being an undrafted free agent. In fact, per the station’s written report, Calais committed to another team as he lost hope of being drafted.

And then came the call from Bucco Bruce Arians.

Here’s the TV report below: Joe loves this kind of reality stuff.

Arians says Calais is a smaller, faster version of David Johnson with Tarik Cohen-like quickness. We shall see.

46 Responses to “Emotional Raymond Calais Video”

  1. Robert Says:

    Love It!

  2. Atlbuc28 Says:

    Reminds me of Warrick Dunn.. But Dunn was 178 lbs when he came out . IIRC

  3. rrsrq Says:

    Just come with it – bring it

  4. Orlando Kevin Says:

    That’s cool stuff… hopefully he helps out run game

  5. Gettinthebucs Says:

    Definitely rooting for good buddy. I love seeing late round picks succeed and having great careers.

  6. Casual Observer Says:

    Love that story. Hope the kid makes it.

  7. JonJohn Says:

    Is he old enough to drink?
    I kid

  8. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Who is he going to replace? Dare or Logan?

  9. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Love it

  10. Proudbucsfan Says:

    I have a feeling he’s going to out play Vaughn.

  11. Proudbucsfan Says:

    I also think he’s going to be our kick returner.

  12. Architek Says:

    Love it!!!!!

  13. bojim Says:

    Great vid. Good luck kiddo.

  14. topdoggie Says:

    Cool story. @Altbuc I was upset when we drafted Dunn high. I was a Rhett fan. I got over it pretty fast.

  15. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    You can’t coach Speed !

  16. ItzOK Says:

    This is awesome we are all passionate fans and can be skeptics but once they are a Buc you root for them to make it and produce. He has earned his opportunity now I hope he makes the most of it.

  17. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I am really pulling for the kid to make the team. I think with Wirfs and Gronk that our run game is going to be a very pleasant surprise with the guys on the roster and just the affect playing alongside the GOAT will have as well.

  18. TampaTown Says:

    Wow great video. There’s a training camp underdog every year that captures my heart, a guy you just can’t help but root for. Looks like RC (and his family) have gotten off to an early start. Congratulations and good luck kid. Welcome to Tampa (Tampa Bay is a body of water, not a city) and btw have fun meeting and playing with Tom Brady.

  19. DBS Says:

    Good luck. It is a chance to prove yourself. Hope it works out well.

  20. AwShbucs Says:

    No question this kid has the juice to do some damage on kick off and punt return. The 2 major areas of concern whe. It comes to that would be…

    Does he have reliable enough hands to be trusted with punt return duties?

    And does he have a good sense for when to take the fair catch or take the ball out of the endzone on kick returns?

    If the answer to both questions is yes then he’ll be a weapon for us.

  21. Patrickbucs Says:

    Wow thanks for sharing, what an emotional day. Pulling for that kid!

  22. BucEmUp Says:

    Good luck buddy welcome to the team. Just take what these clowns in here say with a grain of salt…

  23. JP09 Says:

    I suspect a major reason he was drafted was to compete for the PR/KR job too. One thing that needs to be beat into whoever wins that role is, DO NOT TAKE THE BALL OUT OF THE ENDZONE. Unless there are only a couple seconds left in the half the returner should kneel down and take the damn ball at the 25. To many times last year we had horrible field position because our returner thought they could do something.

    There were only like 6/7 KOs returned for TDs last year and only one or two players with over a 25 yard average. TAKE THE BALL AT THE 25

  24. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Let’s hope he doesn’t become one of Joe’s UPS Drivers, Mattress Movers, Insurance Claims Adjusters…..

    His return ability helps him make the team.

  25. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Welcome to the Bucs Ray!!!!

  26. ncbucsfan Says:

    Trust me, he’s making the final 53!! Taking TJ Logans spot!

  27. Leee Says:

    Calais was drafted in 7th round.

  28. JGhotier Says:

    Good find Joe(s)!

    Besides winning the ultimate prize, the Super Bowl, this is what it’s all ultimately about.

  29. BlogTalkFootball.com Says:

    I love these stories. I wonder who he was signing to be an UDFA with before Bruce called.

  30. 813bucboi Says:

    welcome to the bucs

    GO BUCS!!!!

  31. Brandon Says:

    I’m hoping he can work himself into a Darren Sproles type player. He’s got the physical ability to succeed, he’s just got to master the playbook, show he can pass block, and catch. That’s a lot to ask as even Sproles barely played his first season. Hopefully, Calais can separate himself as a returner.

  32. theodore Says:

    Why would you call a player just to say we might draft you? Talk about messing with someone’s head.

  33. matthew veal Says:

    good luck to the kid, great story. IMO jp09 had a great comment btw about not returning kicks.

  34. SC Bucs Fan Says:

    Rooting for the kid for sure. Good find Joe.

  35. TampaTown Says:

    Adam Humphries wasn’t drafted at all. So what he’s a 7th round pick. He still got drafted. A great life moment for him and his family and more than a lot of other guys can say. And maybe a great motivation too.

  36. NashvilleBuc Says:

    Awesome story. Good luck RC!

  37. Hodad Says:

    This kid could be the star of this draft. Great speed, Brady will know how to use him.

  38. WhatTheBuc Says:

    He agreed to sign with the Jags before we drafted him. Also it’s nice to see some positivity amongst the JBFers for once.

  39. PragueBucsFan Says:

    Just bring it man. The Bucs need your best. All the fans are behind you.

  40. Buczilla Says:

    Awesome video, thanks Joe’s.

  41. I see the Lycht at the end Says:

    We gots a return game now!

  42. SpiritCrusher Says:

    I love these stories

  43. trubuc Says:

    we haven’t seen speed at that position since Dunn hopefully he dedicates himself to the craft.

  44. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    Hell yeah. I love this stuff.

  45. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Happy for the kid!!! … Seems like a real boom or bust kind of player!!! … Nice to see something different than the old “he comes from the streets, had no Mom and Dad in fact he was raised by a pack of viscous dire wolves having to fight the alpha male just to get the scraps of a raw koala they hunted the night before!!!!” Lol …. So tired of that narrative!! In this country if you are not at least making enough to get by on then you have some kind of disability, broke the law, or just stupid and don’t want or are too lazy to succeed… Now after all this covid stuff not sure what our country will look like!! Since we destroyed it in a science experiment built from fear and panic!!!

  46. TOM Says:

    I love rooting for the underdog. Hope he makes the team.