The Bucs used a third-round pick on Vaughn to replace Peyton Barber (170 touches), who signed with Washington. Vaughn will compete with Ronald Jones, Dare Ogunbowale and the newly-signed LeSean McCoy for touches in an offense that should get a boost with Tom Brady at quarterback. Jones was benched last season for blowing a pass block and Ogunbowale was not much better as a pass-blocker, allowing seven pressures in 72 pass-blocking snaps, per PFF, and now the statuesque Brady is under center. HC Bruce Arians has a reputation for being unwilling to play his rookies, but David Johnson (161 touches, Andre Ellington (157), Vick Ballard (228), William Green (259) and James Jackson (202 touches in 11 games) all had significant roles as rookies in Arians’ offenses over the years. After the draft, Arians said that he thinks Vaughn “can play every down” and said in February that he’s looking for a running back that can stay on the field for all three downs. Jones ran well last year, and has had some hype pieces written about him this offseason that went into detail about the work he’s doing on his pass protection skills. Vaughn will have to prove himself in camp, and since he was recently added to the COVID-19/IR list, it may set him back at the start of the season. Still, I think he’s going to have a sizable role this season, we just may have to be patient.
yesterday · 7:33 PM EST