Young Buccaneers RB with chance to change career on Sunday

Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Buccaneers, (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Ke'Shawn Vaughn, Buccaneers, (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers need a huge game from Ke’Shawn Vaughn this Sunday, and he needs it for himself as well.

NFL careers can be built or torn down in a handful of snaps. Leonard Fournette took over the starting job for the Buccaneers around this time last season and changed everything, and Tampa is hoping that Ke’Shawn Vaughn can do the same thing.

Prior to the bevy of injuries to the running back room, Vaughn was trending in the wrong direction. Not that he was playing poorly, he just wasn’t playing at all in a stacked room that put Fournette on the field for most of the games.

The Buccaneers have a shake-up coming at the running back position this offseason. Ronald Jones, Giovanni Bernard, and Le’Veon Bell are most likely out, which could leave just Leonard Fournette (if the Bucs re-sign him) and Ke’Shawn Vaughn; the only back that is currently set to return next season.

Tampa needed Vaughn to take the next steps long before today, and many fans actually believe the Bucs could target a running back early in the draft to take over after Fournette, but Vaughn isn’t out of this just yet.

Leonard Fournette won the starting job with a few great games last season, and Ke’Shawn Vaughn can absolutely do the same thing now.

The Buccaneers have started to give Vaughn a few extra touches since Fournette went on IR, and they’ve received a mixed bag. Some great plays like long touchdowns, some bad plays like dropped passes. The good is obviously there, but it isn’t consistent, and Vaughn needs to show that he can maintain it this weekend.

Vaughn needs a huge game in a bad way with so many doubters, but the talent is there. The Bucs may still go after a running back in the upcoming draft no matter how Vaughn plays in the coming weeks, but there is still an element here of a player fighting for his job, and that is what this team is all about.

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