Ke’Shawn Vaughn Made Plays Where He Needed To

August 15th, 2021

Bucs RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn.

Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians made it very clear earlier in training camp that if backups can’t handle special teams duty, then they are ripe to be cut.

So with running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn, the team’s No. 4 running back, hanging on as the Bucs chase another Super Bowl trophy means he better learn to make an impact on special teams whether he likes that or not.

Despite Vaughn leading the Bucs with 27 yards on the ground (two good chunks squeezing through gang tacklers) and catching two passes for 10 yards, it was his special teams play that impressed Arians.

“Ke’Shawn I thought played lights out,” Arians said after last night’s game. “He made a helluva play as a gunner. He ran the ball well. Blocked well. I thought he made a really nice step up. Especially his special teams snaps.

“We know he can run. And we know he can catch. But those plays on special teams were big for him.”

It’s really this simple for Vaughn: plays on special teams = job security. Unless the Bucs have a wild rash of injuries the next two weeks, Vaughn is unlikely to get many if any snaps at running back.

If he can play well on special teams, he won’t just be depth. He will have a role on Sundays.

9 Responses to “Ke’Shawn Vaughn Made Plays Where He Needed To”

  1. Bird Says:

    Daks second MRI positive?

    Ruh ro

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    He sure is not a kick returner!

  3. Medicated Pete Says:

    He passed the eyeball test. Our RB cup runneth over

  4. Brandon Says:

    Bird Says:
    August 15th, 2021 at 9:27 am
    Daks second MRI positive?

    Ruh ro


    Positive for what?

  5. Leighroy Says:

    I don’t care about KR’s in today’s NFL. Come the reg season, they’ll all be drilling KO’s into the end zone anyway.

    Bird, not only is your post wrong based on all reports but it’s not topical. Spare us.

  6. SB~LV Says:

    Maurice Parker sure looked like a missing piece on the Bucs roster

  7. Cobraboy Says:

    Vaughn showed some explosive scoots…

  8. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    The thing I’m concerned with the most right now is special teams which ain’t so special. We’ve never had a consistent STs unit since Joe Marciano or Rich Bessachia(sp?) nor returner since The Truth. Watching Cinys returners have 10-20 yards of free space in front of them when they catch the ball but ours have to run thru a crowd tells me we will once again have a Not Ready For Prime Time Not So Special Teams Unit. When the worse returner in the NFL Jayden Mickens can make better returns than anybody else does not bode well for us.

    On offense from what I saw is I’d rather have Trask be #2 behind Brady. His #s hide the fact he constantly threw good clean passes and he made quicker decisions better than the other two. Those two should be lights out better than he is in his 1st year in Arians’ offense but aren’t. That o line around him sucked but he stood in what little pocket he had going thru his progressions and on that first sack almost NOBODY would have a chance not even Mr. Jackson from Baltimore. He didn’t even have a chance to to look for the hot read, he was running for his life almost the instant he got the ball yet almost got away. #44(?) simply made a great play. Our other three would’ve been crushed as TB12 was earlier. “Lucy you have some ‘splainin to do” Gabbert and “Throwin with Ms. Daisy” Griffin aren’t our answer at backup qb. Anybody who says Trask was trash last night are blinded by their “I’m a fanboy of my Alma Mater” love fest. STILL butt sore from the fact the Bucs didn’t draft who they wanted.

  9. Buczilla Says:

    As a runner and receiver, Vaughn looked very average. No runner on our team is better than above average, but the group as a whole is more than adequate with the receivers that we have.