Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Pre-preseason 53-man roster projection

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Buccaneers backs (4): Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones, Gio Bernard, Ke’Shawn Vaughn

Once again, probably nothing terribly shocking here. Ke’Shawn Vaughn sticking around at one time may have raised some eyebrows, but he’s been having a great training camp and should be rewarded when it comes to avoiding the chopping block.

Leonard Fournette is looking to build off the momentum he built up last season when he morphed into “Playoff Lenny” and ultimately “Lombardi Lenny”, and he and Ronald Jones are expected to split the workload in 2021.

Elsewhere, Giovanni Bernard was pretty much the only addition of note during free agency. At least, he was the only one that made any real headlines. He was brought in to help the Buccaneers on passing downs thanks to two skills that help him thrive there. His skills as a receiver are noteworthy, but perhaps his most underrated skill is that he is one of the best pass-blocking backs in the NFL. At best, he brings the Bucs’ passing game to new heights. At worst, he fills the Lesean McCoy role. He wasn’t the only remotely noteworthy acquisition to be cut during training camp. Veteran C.J. Prosise will more likely than not be on the outside looking in. This unit should be pretty cut and dry when all is said and done.