After moments of impressive play so far this season, rookie running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn looks ready to move into a greater role for the Buccaneers.
The Buccaneer backfield has been a difficult follow this year. Ronald Jones has been the one point of consistency, but every other player seems to vary in their quality of play on a weekly basis. Tampa Bay did itself no favors when it muddied the water at the beginning of the season, but Ke’Shawn Vaughn is starting to shine through the muck.
Even in the breakout year for Ronald Jones, the Buccaneers are still not known for their run game. For a team that relies so heavily on this strategy on early downs, this may come as a surprise, but the play-calling has done no one in the unit any favors.
While Jones has experienced a great year, the rest of the running backs have not. A group that recently added Leonard Fournette, LeSean McCoy, and a third-round draft pick looks great on paper, but it fell short when the rubber met the road.
Fournette and McCoy have shown that they will likely not be back in Tampa Bay in 2021, and Vaughn has only recently shown flashes that he will live up to his potential.
It has certainly been a rocky start to an NFL career, but Ke’Shawn Vaughn has won us over, and the time has come to move him up in the pecking order.