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Breaking Down The Buccaneers’ Plan At WR This Season

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers chosen Ke’Shawn Vaughn within the third spherical of the NFL Draft, and it was an open query whether or not he’d be able to compete with Ronald Jones for the No. 1 operating again job immediately. For no less than the primary week of the season, Vaughn can have a distinct position, one the Buccaneers may not have been anticipating as soon as coaching camp began. 

Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians confirmed Vaughn is not excessive on the depth chart and he would not seem like able to contribute to the offense within the season opener. 

“Possibly as a kick returner,” Arians stated in a convention name after Friday’s apply when requested about Vaughn’s position. “We bought some guys which are succesful kick returners. , Antoine Winfield was a heck of a punt returner in school, so he’ll get a glance … Punt returner is a lot extra essential, as a result of they don’t seem to be going to kick these out of bounds. There few kickoffs returned anymore. That job is not simply as essential.” 

Mainly, Vaughn’s position might be restricted to begin the 12 months — until Arians is simply hiding his plans for him so as to not give something away regarding the sport plan. Vaughn did begin camp on the reserve/COVID-19 record, which can be why Arians has been so cautious with him early. Vaughn rushed for 1,028 yards and 9 touchdowns in his senior season at Vanderbilt whereas additionally catching 28 passes for 270 yards and a rating.

The Buccaneers are banking on Vaughn to be a dependable pass-catching possibility out of the backfield. As Tom Brady has showcased with the New England Patriots, he prefers that check-down operating again to dump the ball off to and make performs. 

Tampa Bay added LeSean McCoy previous to camp beginning, and he’ll compete with Vaughn for snaps at No. 2 operating again all year long. Dare Ogunbowale may additionally emerge as a pass-catching specialist within the operating again rotation. Arians admitted weeks in the past Jones was the clear No. 1 again. 

Time is on Vaughn’s aspect as he catches in control, however having a major position within the operating again rotation come Week 1 is a stretch at this stage of camp. 


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