Buccaneers: Ke’Shawn Vaughn emerging as one of fastest players in NFL

Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

Not only was Ke’Shawn Vaughn the best running back for the Buccaneers last night, but he also proved that he is one of the fastest players in the NFL.

Have we said enough about Ke’Shawn Vaughn? It may feel like a lot of coverage for the fourth back on the Buccaneers right now, but there is a reason why his name is starting to pop up so much.

The third-round pick for the Bucs in 2020 is starting to come into his own as a runner and as a receiver, and he is also going to turn heads with his speed in 2021.

According to Bruce Arians in a Tweet by Greg Auman, the Bucs clocked Vaughn’s speed at 21 miles per hour last night on a special teams rep.

Going off last season’s leaders in speedy plays on NFL Next Gen Stats, this speed would have landed Vaughn somewhere close to one of the top-20 fastest plays during the season in 2020.

Being a gunner and without the ball in hand adds a bit of speed to most players, but it is still telling that Vaughn could get his top speed so high, even on special teams. Vaughn will spend plenty of time as a gunner this season, and that speed will come in handy in more than just this area.

The most exciting of these areas for Vaughn to show off his speed is on offense. Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette broke off some long runs last season, and while Fournette’s play landed him on this same list with a similar speed to Vaughn, Jones didn’t feel as fast on the longest play from scrimmage for the Bucs on the year.

Vaughn is now a prime candidate to turn a mundane play into one that goes much further than advertised, and this skillset will put him in contention for even more reps if he continues to show off.

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