“Fall In Line With The Rest Of The Doubters”

July 25th, 2020

Many third-round-pick running backs have torn up the NFL in recent years.

Fourth- and fifth-round backs have kicked butt, too. But none have been wearing pewter and red.

Now the Bucs have a third-round rookie running back, Ke’Shawn Vaughn out of Vanderbilt. He’s been hearing the naysayers and skeptics on social media and fired back via Twitter yesterday.


Last week, Vaughn joined a webcast with his college head coach, Derek Mason. Joe was intrigued to hear Mason laud Vaughn for his work ethic. “It was crazy to watch you practice because you practice with your hair on fire. You might be the best scout team running back in the country,” Mason said.

A Vanderbilt graduate in December, Vaughn said in addition to growing as a player, he learned a lot in college about how to “uplift teammates instead of beating on them.”

And that Vandy diploma is something Vaughn is excited to use after he completes a stellar NFL career. “I’ll just pull it out of my back pocket and I’ll be straight,” Vaughn said.

Joe is excited to see Vaughn. What an incredible opportunity he has. Tom Brady is his quarterback and Ronald Jones isn’t exactly A-list competition.

37 Responses to ““Fall In Line With The Rest Of The Doubters””

  1. Roy T. Buford Says:

    It is great he has self-confidence and drive…you can’t be successful in anything without it. But along with that comes keeping your eye on the ball and building a record first, before talking too terribly much. Yes, it will be fun to watch him, and he has a load of opportunity here in Tampa. T’would be nice to have a feature back who can catch.

  2. Casual Observer Says:

    I think Vaughn will shine. Glad we have him.

  3. Ohio Buc Fan Says:

    Wow, you really don’t like ROJO. I still think that our presumptive starting RB can be a serviceable running back if given the chance to continue to grow. My only question to this “Joe” has always been, would you still feel the same way if all his major runs were not called back due to holding penalties or not having a lot of chances running the ball due to the team having to come from behind?

  4. Pryda...sec147 Says:

    I think ROJO will have a great day year! and Vaugh will compliment him well shoot even Raymond Calais is gonna be good Brady is like Jordan he makes everyone around him better

  5. Casual Observer Says:

    I like Calais too. Hope finally solves the return game problem.

  6. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Completely off topic,

    But has Alex Smith lost his mind?

  7. dmatt Says:

    Ke’Shawn Vaughn is a cloned on the football field Ray Rice n also reminds me of Mark Ingram, especially his confidence. Vaughn has proven himself on all levels n he’ll make his doubters believers. This guy had good numbers against some of the top defenses in the SEC.

  8. PSL Bob Says:

    Once Brady gets accustomed to this kid’s catching capabilities, he’s going to become a weapon out of the backfield, both pass option and check down. The main unknown is his blocking ability in the NFL. If he doesn’t pick that up quickly, his touches may be limited.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    and Ronald Jones isn’t exactly A-list competition.

    And….I will continue to post this until Joe prints it…..Rojo with only 15 carries per game would have achieved 1008 yards…..do the math….15×4.2×16=1008

    Rojo continues to be disparaged….yet he didn’t get carries…..

  10. PuertoRicanBucFan Says:

    That’s cause the Joe’s wouldn’t know a good running back if it slapped them in the face. Go back AND WATCH THE TAPE. When given an opportunity Rojo was a stud.

  11. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Problem with Rojo is not physical talent – he just misses too many assignments. Secondly, he doesn’t have the hands to be a complete back. Vaughn on the other hand is considered a great blocking back with descent hands. He is not a slashing back and tends to run straight up the hole. These days with the speed of your average LBs, RBs have a difficult time running outside of the edges. Best to have a back who can run straight up the gut. I think Vaughn will make a case to supplant Rojo by mid season.

  12. geno711 Says:

    @AlabamaBucsFan Says:
    July 25th, 2020 at 12:59 pm
    Problem with Rojo is not physical talent – he just misses too many assignments.

    Well said!

  13. Sarasota Garey Says:

    There is extra practice squad space this year, so we can probably keep all of our runningbacks, unless another team is allowed to take our veteran practice squad players.

  14. Joe Says:

    That’s cause the Joe’s wouldn’t know a good running back if it slapped them in the face. Go back AND WATCH THE TAPE. When given an opportunity Rojo was a stud.

    Are you suggesting RoJo does porn? Because that’s the only place his performance would (apparently) be considered “stud” from watching tape.

    Unless you and Joe have two fully different definitions of a “stud.”

    You can research football for the next week and Joe will pretty much promise you anyone remotely credible would never call RoJo a “stud” as a running back. That’s just absurd, sorry.

    Most sane football coaches would never use a “stud” as a part-time player and keep him off the field on the most important of downs, third down.

  15. Joe Says:

    My only question to this “Joe” has always been, would you still feel the same way if all his major runs were not called back due to holding penalties

    If you have to argue a player would be considered good if not for referees, you really need to re-examine your argument.

  16. Alanbucsfan Says:

    Joe, I’m still laughing at your mask wearing female companion at RayJay comment on the podcast…
    ROJO must become an excellent blocker and pass catcher so he can be an every down back – then his talent will shine.
    Hopefully, Brady will help coach him up.

  17. Allbuccedup Says:

    Vaughn will be fine if he can take the hits. Most of the top running backs use his type of running style.

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Ke’Shawn Vaughn needs to close his mouth and let his playing do the talking. I hopes he does extremely well, but until he actually does, it’s all talk.

    AlabamaBucsFan Says
    “[Rojo] doesn’t have the hands to be a complete back.”

    I beg to differ. I’m guessing that if you live in Alabama to didn’t get to watch many games last year?

    Rojo had over 1,000 total yards, and 309 of them were catches for an average of 10+ yards each last year. He went from 7 receptions in his first year to 30+ in his second year, and he’s been working on his pass catching with Tom Brady (according to reports) this off season.

    Don’t write him off just yet.

  19. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Also, I think he had a 40 yard catch and run against the giants, but I might be misremembering that.

  20. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Joe: https://twitter.com/_stevefrederick/status/1178484113931689984?lang=en

  21. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Vlick my name to see some good Rojo plays.

  22. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Regardless, this will be Rojo’s 3rd year…his prove-it year.

  23. Joe Says:


    Stop it! Vernon Hargreaves had good games too. Did that make him a good player?

    Joe was at that game you linked to. In person. Saw it with his own eyes. That’s one game (or three if you count the final two games) does not make an NFL running back. He’s been in the league two full years. When is the last time a running back needed two years just to be average?

    RoJo might be OK this year. How many thousands of dollars are you willing to bank that actually happens?

    If the Bucs were sold that RoJo is all that, then why did they draft a RB on the second day of the draft?

  24. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Agreed Joe, Ron Jones (as Brady called him) is average. The starting RB on Kansas City was average, too. They won a Super Bowl with him.

  25. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    Joe Vernon Hargreaves barely had any good games. He literally could never cover ANYONE. He on occasion made a huge play but aside from those it’s a miracle he is still on a roster not a practice squad.

    Also we drafted a running back because running back via committee is how the NFL currently is now. Bell cow backs are not needed like they used to be.

    Also what joe in michigan said.

  26. rrsrq Says:

    This backfield this year will come out on 🔥🔥🔥, because you all keep doubting them. It will be similar to the three headed monster San Fran has last year, imho

  27. BigHog Says:

    Let the man talk…just boosting his ego, side note for you people, he did play for movie smith…I expect him to be pretty good!!!

  28. BigHog Says:

    Lovie Smith that is!!

  29. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai says, “I beg to differ. I’m guessing that if you live in Alabama to didn’t get to watch many games last year?”

    I have the NFL package. Bucs wouldn’t have drafted 2 running backs if they felt comfortable with Rojo. Rojo has small hands, misses blocking assignments, and tends to get stuffed at the line. If it wasn’t for his long breakaway runs, his yards per average would be similar to Barber.

  30. Buczilla Says:

    I hope this guy is the next coming of Walter Payton (best running back ever) and that Rojo becomes good, but I’m beyond tired of not having a proven performer at running back. Go get Freeman Licht.

  31. Alan Collingwood Says:

    Ohio Bucs Fan? OMG, there’s more than one of us? Contact me if you want! RAlanC2005@aol.com

  32. Jeagan1999 Says:

    We coulda had JK Dobbins! Enough said!

  33. All lives matter Says:

    [Well no ah!t Sherlock, how dare Joe not tolerate person attacks! Name any business that would put up with that. Joe welcomes robust debate. Once the name-calling starts — poof! — Joe.

  34. RGA Says:

    Ronald Jones is a good running back, the lack of running game here in Tampa is not the back, it’s the offensive line. Jim Brown in his prime would struggle behind last seasons offensive line.

  35. NDog is an idiot Says:

    Vaughn is going to be an excellent complimentary back this rookie year of his!! Rojo however is going to Rock this year!!

  36. All lives matter Says:

    Exactly what I’m talking about. I never called you a single name but you have implied to the whole internet that I had without proof.
    Call it what you want. Your comment completely misrepresented Joe and how Joe operates. You may not agree, but that is reality. If you don’t like the website, don’t visit. It’s ok. Joe would tell that to anyone. No, you did not call Joe a “name” in that post. But you did lay out an inaccurate explanation of Joe’s operation that essentially labels Joe a pigheaded buffoon. Why would Joe possibly embrace that kind of comment there. There are many other forums where you can express the same thing.–Joe

  37. David Says:

    I think he can be pretty damn good. Better looking in college than Jones was. Ronald Jones has that burst to break one but this kid has everything else and a chip on his shoulders