“His Summer Was Great”

September 22nd, 2022

Sunday could be Sneak day.

It seems running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn is the most improved Buccaneers player that has yet to play a snap this season.

That was the message today at One Buc Palace from offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.

“Sneak,” as the third-year player is known at team headquarters, is likely to be activated Sunday against Green Bay because third-string running back Giovani Bernard hurt his ankle Sunday in New Orleans.

Leftwich said in every way in which he asked Vaughn to improve during the offseason, Vaughn did just that. “His summer was great,” Leftwich said, adding that Vaughn has gotten significantly better without the ball in his hands in addition to when he’s touching it.

Still, Vaughn was not activated to play in Weeks 1 and 2, likely a result of his poor special teams play.

Vaughn stepped up last season when Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones were out, including in the playoff win against the Eagles. Vaughn had 16 carries for 53 yards and a touchdown in that game.

That’s the last time he touched the ball in a meaningful game.

Joe is confident that status changes on Sunday.

24 Responses to ““His Summer Was Great””

  1. james west Says:


  2. SB~LV Says:

    If Vaughn is “sneak”
    White is “snoop”
    You heard it here first!
    RW is fast but not elbows and knees fast… smooth
    His head is hunting for the hole developing in the scrum
    He snoops around and slithers with power through the scrum

  3. fern Says:

    I didn’t see nothing from White to merit.
    He needs to play Sunday

  4. A Bucs Fan Says:

    Good news… Even though I was excited for R. White I believe Vaughn should be ahead of White in touches and the depth chart regardless of special teams value as White is unproven and looked dismal on the field in his limited action.

  5. Biff Barker Says:

    Vaughn’s only problem is lack of carries. Lenny needs help with the load. Gio is fragile. We already have two receiving backs in White and Fournette.
    Hey, I both like and wanted Gio but he appears past his prime.

  6. Coburn Says:

    Dude is pretty good running and catching as long as he holds onto it. I think one weakness is pass pro. Seems to me he’d pair well with koeft… Go old school I formation and offset I at the risk of possibly congesting the box a bit more..but we are banged up at receiver. Koeft can lead block of stay in to protect Brady with Vaughn catching some short passes, especially with GB being weak against the run. No? Seems worth a shot anyways at least until they adjust and start dropping more into box and see what happens

  7. captivajim Says:

    Definitely , we should play Vaughn–he’s a tough runner . My sense is that white might be having a” big head” , thinks he’s the “chosen one ” . He performed well in pre-season,, but that was against 3rd & 4th string players who are not in NFL now.

  8. SB~LV Says:

    White is a rookie behind talented veterans, he’ll get his chances and I see great things for him soon.

  9. BucsNoles Says:

    How is his pass pro??

  10. Dooley Says:

    The Dolphins preseason game Vaughn had about 3 runs where he made a cut at the LOS and picked up a head of steam QUICK and darted ahead, to me this past preseason Vaughn looked the closest to how he looked running the ball at Vandy, but as a pro.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I might add that Keyshawn Vaughn is the only offensive player on the Bucs that does not have a hamstring issue……not counting this Sunday.

    The key to avoiding hammy issues is to be inactive….

  12. Rod Munch Says:

    Vaughn looked greatly improved in the preseason, and probably could be a serviceable back for a few games if called on. But he has no upside. That’s why White, who looked better in the preseason, is ahead of him on the depth chart.

  13. Mike Says:

    Vaughn could be ready to break out. Let’s go!

  14. Goatfarmer Says:

    Look, Rachael White and the DardOn both play special teams and they both suck at it. DardOn also sucks at everything else.

    Sneak is no worse than either of those two at special teams. Looking forward to seeing him play.

  15. BigMacAttack Says:

    100+ yard game for Key

  16. zzbuc Says:


    With al due respect…..

    Just let the kid play!!! Only two games on his back, and we are expecting him to be Barry Sanders??

    Of course you will not see nothing in just 2 games being behind Lenny!!

    What about being patient? Try with that, will help you a lot!

  17. Bojim Says:

    Bout fricken time.

  18. bucsince79 aka bumanner Says:

    I would like to see sneak as #2 back until White can get going… I really hope they play him this Sunday. Don’t wear out Lenny this early in season…

  19. steele Says:

    Look at Vaughn’s games at end of last season. Moves, cuts, vision. He needs to play.

    Problem is, this roster still doesn’t have a sledgehammer. (No, Lenny is not that, no matter what his false reputation.)

  20. SOEbuc be Says:

    White may be a rookie but certainly overhyped, especially in the run game. Our banged up young oline is a run blocking oline. Vaughn is experienced and if he can get through a hole, he’s likely to gain good yardage. All I’ve seen from RW is getting stuffed. It is his second game, but Vaughn is versatile and will give offense more to work with than RW.

  21. David Says:

    I expect White to have success backing up Lenny against the Packers. Their run defense has not looked good the first two games.
    Their past defense is good so Perriman and Gage need to step it up and Miller needs to hold onto the ball or he might not see the field for a while.

  22. Lakeland Steve Says:

    White wants to dance to much at the line of scrimmage. He’s no Leveon Bell. We need to get Vaughn some Carrie’s to spell Lenny. Vaughn can power through tacklers and can get extra yards. Let him play

  23. Rob In Land O Lakes Says:

    Perfect guy to rest Lenny. Start Lenny, go to Vaughn for the 2nd and 3rd quarter and let Lenny pound away in the 4th. We have to keep Lenny available for January.

  24. Eckwood Says:

    Love to see him getting the first down snaps and Lenno coming in as the 2 nd and third down option ……. Would really open a few things up and reduce the predictable Bucs subs