Bruce Arians Talks Ke’Shawn Vaughn Fumble

January 12th, 2021

Rookie running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn had a multiple highs and lows in his playoffs debut, and Bucco Bruce Arians talked about them last night.

The third-round pick entered the game in the first quarter and promptly got screamed at by Tom Brady and a checkdown to him went incomplete. It seemed like Vaughn might have been a yard away from where he was supposed to be.

Then came back-to-back, falling-forward runs of four and 3 1/2 yards, which set up a third-down, play-action touchdown pass to Antonio Brown.

Vaughn returned midway through the third quarter and had runs of three and six yards before a third carry got him seven yards but finished with a fumble with the Bucs leading 18-10 and driving in Washington territory. It was an ugly turnover, nothing like Vaughn’s first career fumble when he took a massive hit in Chicago after an over-the-middle catch.

“I hate for Ke’Shawn’s fumble because he was running really, really well,” Arians said on Buccaneers Radio. “He’s got great potential. He just had a ball stripped, got a little bit loose with it and it got punched out. He’ll do better. I mean he was out there working [last] Tuesday on his ball security. He’s got a lot of pride and he is one heck of a young back.”

Ronald Jones’ quad injury that sidelined him in Washington remains a mystery, so Vaughn certainly could be a critical piece going forward.

He’s clearly got a lot of juice and power in his running style, but the fumbling won’t be tolerated. Vaughn did not get another carry following Saturday’s fumble.

25 Responses to “Bruce Arians Talks Ke’Shawn Vaughn Fumble”

  1. Deminion Says:

    When he fumbled i had the bears game flashback

  2. rrsrq Says:

    He has figure it out, for this game and next year

  3. LVMYBUCS Says:

    Ahhhh what do you expect he is a little rusty but I like his speed and cuts better then Faurnette. Now if he fumbled twice in one game that would be a different story.

  4. Richard Dickson Says:

    It really would have become a different game if we’d scored there to go up by 15.

  5. Infomeplease Says:

    He was looking pretty good! He’s young and hungry! Hopefully he learns from his mistakes!

  6. Infomeplease Says:

    We’ll need to a mistake free game from him and everyone else!

  7. PSL Bob Says:

    Turnovers and penalties can be killers, particularly in the playoffs. Got to play disciplined football and not turn the ball over next week. If Vaughn gets some carries this Sunday, it’s unlikely he’ll commit another turnover. I remember ROJO had some ball handling issues in his first couple of years.

  8. Bucsfan951 Says:

    After it happened, I told the wife I don’t expect to see him for the rest of the season. I wish that wasn’t true but with the fumbles and dropped passes/wrong routes ran, BA just doesn’t like that. BA might be forced to play him his rojos quad doesn’t heal up. Sucks tho because I liked what the kid put on tape when he ran the ball.

  9. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Well you know sometimes guys make great plays. He was almost on the ground and the player made a great punch out. At least he didn’t run into someone’s butt or just drop the ball without being touched.

  10. David Says:

    He’s got great potential. The ball got a little loose and away from his body as he was going down but give credit where credit is due, that was a great defensive play to punch that ball out right before he landed

  11. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    In his senior year, he had near 1100 rushes, with only 2 fumbles!
    The guy just made an incredible play on him.

  12. The Coroner Says:

    Hmm. Arians has been right about most of his player assessments.

  13. SlyPirate Says:

    Love the way this kid plays. Quick cuts and powers into defenders. Hate the fumbling. Rojo fumbled early, too. Hopefully he can clean it up.

  14. The Red Mirage Says:

    I think Fournette let it slip out in his post game presser Saturday that RoJo’s injury is a serious one like he tore his quad or something. I would not be shocked if RoJo is done for the year and they’re trying to keeping it quiet.

  15. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Yeah that fumble was a great play by the defender. Vaughn just needs to cover up better at contact. He is going to be a very good RB for us.

  16. Mike Says:

    I like what I’ve seen from Vaughn late in the season. He will learn from that punch out and squeeze down on the football a bit more going forward.

  17. Bucs since 76 Says:

    If Rojo injury was serious they would put him on IR and not waste a rooster spit on him. I think the cold weather caused it to tighten up. Should be no problem in the dome.

  18. Bucs since 76 Says:


  19. gotbbucs Says:

    He’ll be fine. He’s going to be needed.

  20. View from 132 Says:

    I agree with Tackleblock… the defense gets paid too. This guy will be fine. Shows potential, and on a team full of offensive stars, that’s all he was supposed to do this year.

  21. Mr. B Says:

    This kids gonna be good. Great vision and cutting ability. If Rojo can’t go we’re gonna need him!

  22. Mr. B Says:

    This kids gonna be good. Great vision and acceleration. If Rojo can’t go we’re gonna need him.

  23. Mr. B Says:

    This kids gonna be good. Great vision and acceleration. If Rojo can’t go we’re gonna need him!

  24. Capt.Tim Says:

    Rookie RBs fumble.
    Sucks, but its part of learning the degree of ball protection required in the NFL.
    Hes gonna be a very good back.
    I hope Jones is a go Sunday. He is a powerful runner

  25. #1 Bucs Fan Says:

    Has everyone else been noticing that B.A’s assessment of these young guys and even just guys that he is getting familiar with have been incredibly accurate? He is a master talent and fitment evaluator. He also expresses those opinions with a ton of confidence, like he is sure that he is correct. I really like that about him. J.L has been unfairly criticized about the draft classes this team has picked under him (and there have been some real doozy’s) but he has made some nice picks as well, but since B.A came aboard our drafts have gotten significantly better and and in large part is to be accredited to his ability to evaluate talent and player fitment into his scheme