Rookie Flash

December 26th, 2020

Rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn

Joe can’t get too worked up about anything that happened on the football field today after the Bucs jumped out to a 20-0 lead in Detroit, but one thing really caught Joe’s optimistic eye.

Rookie running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn got a shot at significant carries and looked damn good. He runs low and hard and with more burst than Leonard Fournette. Vaughn finished the day with 62 yards on 15 carries. He entered the game with just 11 carries on the season.

Thankfully, Vaughn didn’t fumble, and Joe sure hopes Vaughn gets a chunk of carries next week to build confidence — for himself and for the coaching staff — entering the playoffs.

Call it a feeling, but Joe thinks Vaughn could be a legitimate contributor when it counts.

35 Responses to “Rookie Flash”

  1. EA Says:

    I thought Vaughn ran harder than LF today, sometimes that’s what it takes to shake off slow starts and spark the offense.

  2. Casual Observer Says:

    Agree. KV looked very good. Strong “burst” is a good description.

  3. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    More than fresh legs… I saw something more… very encouraging and AB is still rising in the WR mix … timing is everything
    I didn’t like seeing Brady knocked around early in the game…. HAVE to tighten that up
    Remember these were the Detroit Lions folks… next week is the last chance to fine tune the team for Post Season…. 🥳🤩🥳🤩🥳🤩🥳

  4. Bojim Says:

    Why did people call him a bust before he really got some playing time? SMH.

  5. CalBucsFan Says:

    Agree with you EA, LF looked tentative and seemed to lack the drive in his legs. Pre-draft reviews of Vaughn were right on with this young man, he and RoJo will be an awesome backfield combo for the Bucs in over the next few years.

    Yea baby, go BUCS!

  6. Seth B Says:

    Leonard Fournette doesn’t finish runs man. He’s big, I’m not sure if he’s hurt. He ran hard at LSU and they got NFL sized guys in the SEC.

    Vaughn showed everything Fournette didn’t today. Could’ve played himself into SY/GL carries. I’d trust him more than Fournette with his back pedal in last week.

  7. KnoxvilleBuc Says:

    I have been lucky to see him play enough in the SEC against future pros. He can play. He produced on a bad football team against a lot of talent. Can’t wait to see him get more acclimated in the offense and in the NFL.

  8. gotbbucs Says:

    Ran much harder than Fournette. I’ve thought all season that Fournette looks like a player trying to stay healthy for free agency.
    Much rather see Vaughn come in as a change of pace to Ronald Jones in the future.

  9. Bird Says:

    I am not a fournette fan at all. He hates contact.

    His td last week where he turned his back at endzone and tried to push in
    Like a girl.
    Vaughn is fearless. Just has to hold that ball
    He gets it next year. Starting to like that pick

  10. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Yep, it was clear Vaughn had a much better game than Fournette. Leonard has been a complete disappointment and is destined for the veteran’s minimum, at best, next year.

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    Have said several times this season that Vaughn just needed a chance, but 11 carries in 14 games isn’t exactly being given a chance to show his stuff. He did today. Had 3 runs in a row where he piled up over 10 yds on each run as I remember and ran with power. What particularly impressed me was that he showed good patience behind his OLine & made several excellent cuts.

    One thing I wasn’t impressed with today was our RBs in pass protection for Tom Brady. Both Fournette and McCoy looked bad on several blitz pickups.

  12. Coburn Says:

    Love the way he runs. No nonsense.. gets upfield in a real hurry before defense can come up to stop him. Also doesnt ever seem to lose yardsa, even when it looks like they’ve got him behind the line. If you can avoid having negative yards that will make your ypc high, move the chains, keep your offense in good situations

  13. ModHairKen Says:

    It was good to get him experience in this game. In previous games, it seemed he was trying so hard he made mistakes.

    The playoffs is where the Bucs need extra guys ready to perform. Next week is about three things: Resting guys who need it, playing guys who need it. And most importantly, getting Mike Evans the record.

  14. Destinjohnny Says:

    Was really impressed
    Jason doesn’t hit that many picks.
    He hit this one

  15. Buc50 Says:

    Back to the elusiveness. Vaughn has it and Fornette doesn’t.

  16. dmatt Says:

    Contrary to McCoy n Fournette, RoJo n KV are hungry, aggressive, n consistent with YAC. Case closed.

  17. TheBradyBunch Says:

    Mod hair Ken I couldn’t disagree more. Next week the Bucs have a chance to finish I the 5 spot which would put them up against Washington or one of the other scrubs that ends up winning the NFC Least. If the Rams lose tomorrow the Bucs really need to win the last game.

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  19. Wesley Says:

    Hell he MIGHT just be the best back on this team.

  20. Jedleman Says:

    Fournette looks slower every week. I don’t get it. He should have fresh legs but doesn’t. Has he put on weight (not the good kind) or is he laying down on them. Something’s off. Had plenty of pop early.

  21. BillMFL Says:

    Why hasn’t KV been given more reps before? I know he dropped some swing passes early on and the coaches put him on the bench for much of the games since, but dam he looked explosive. today. Rojo/KV look dam good compared to the other backs the Bucs have. Hope the bucs give the two youngsters most of the reps against Atlanta. We have enough pass catchers already. Give the kid and RJ most of the reps next game. He looked really quick today for sure. Could not belive how fast he took off and then dragged tacklers for more yards!

  22. David Says:

    Always one that takes a swipe at the GM. Idiotic. You do realize the GM built the team we have right now? Some of you expect every single draft pick to be a pro bowler. LoL

    KV Has shown that decisive burst through the hole every time he touched the ball this year. The reason he didn’t get more touches, aside from being hurt earlier, is simple… He’s a rookie, he fumbled and mostly because he needs to block for a legend. It’s all about picking up the blitz so Brady remains upright

  23. Greg Says:

    @jed. totally agree! When LF has the ball and the play presents space he chooses the path that results in less contact to heck with more yards. Either he is hurt or totally playing to not get hurt. Obviously the film shows this so this is not news to the coaches.

  24. BradyBucs Says:

    Gator fans knew this guy’s potential. We watched him TORCH some of the best teams in the SEC (including us at times) with one of the worst O-Lines (Vandy).

    Vaughn is special and has tremendous upside.

    He shredded LSU’s Defense when Vandy had literally no passing game. Many of those players on LSU’s D are playing in the NFL now.

    Rojo-Vaughn could be a powerful 1-2 Punch. They are very different backs but both can be very dangerous.

  25. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Fournette will be gone next year…….I do like his experience going into the playoffs….

    I can see why Vaughn excelled with the worst run-blocking Oline in college football….check it out….the worst….

  26. adam from ny Says:

    he’s all burst…which is great…

    has a few sneaky cuts and some power in his arsenal too…

    he just needs to settle in and relax and let the game come to him…

    he makes fournette look so old…

    leonard seems to have ran the tread off his tires or something…

    fournette and mccoy can potentially prove valuable come playoff time

  27. Cometowin2 Says:

    This year’s draft with Wirfs, Winfield, Johnson and Vaughn is showing great promise. Wirfs and Winfield will be all rookie. Johnson and Vaughn will contribute more in the future.

    Well done Jason. You’ve made mistakes but you’ve learned and you’re now an excellent GM!

  28. Stanglassman Says:

    Jason and his staff put a greater emphasis on intelligence and maturity cause of the short offseason due to the sars-2/c19. With this draft class looking so good I hope they continue doing it this way in future drafts.

  29. BradyBucs Says:

    Bucs need to draft our future LT. The rest of draft should be Defensive Line.

    We need to go after veteran corners in free agency.

  30. Joe in Michigan Says:

    BradyBucs: There are some good veteran corners that (to this point) will be available in 2021 Free Agency: Patrick Peterson, Xavier Rhodes, William Jackson, Quinton Dunbar, and Cameron Sutton, to name a few.

  31. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    One thing that still bugs me is that KV was playing well and gets pulled for McCoy and LF. Let the hot hand ride man. WTF

  32. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Very impressed today by Keyshawn. Like the way he runs. Definitely a slasher but runs with a lot of forward power.

  33. Anonymous Says:

    I’m so laughing at people saying 4NETTE didn’t look as good as Vaughn today …maybe so but 4NETTE has a history of being a thumpher Vaughn has no track record yet!! 4NETTE over Vaughn in the playoffs …GO BUCS!!!

  34. The Red Mirage Says:

    Fournette is terrible.

  35. Ed Says:

    Fournette has the talent but doesn’t have the “want to”. When RoJo is out Fournette is good short yardage back whose size can get you some 1 or 2 yard TD’s.

    His vision is suspect to my eyes. He is avoiding contact and not making the quick cuts.

    Bucs would be much better with Vaughn as #2 back and saving Fournette for short yardage and as an extra blocker. His size suits him better in the passing game than Jones or Vaughn.