• Ke'Shawn Vaughn

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  • , Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
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.

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Scouting report

by Jordan Heck

TB RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
The Bucs lost Peyton Barber in free agency and added rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn with a third-round draft pick. Vaughn offers plenty of versatility as he started to run pass routes at Vanderbilt late in his career. Bucs Director of Player Personnel John Spytek said of Vaughn, “He's got the ability to detach and run some of the routes that Coach Arians likes to do.” After the draft, Bruce Arians said Vaughn “can play every down.”

Fantasy Downside
Vaughn will be competing with Ronald Jones and Dare Ogunbowale for snaps. While Ogunbowale wasn’t productive in the stat sheet in 2019, he was very involved as he played the second-most snaps (ahead of Barber) out of Tampa’s three main running backs. He was only 54 snaps shy of first (Jones). Vaughn was also on the list of players to test positive for COVID-19 or was exposed to someone with a positive diagnosis, and being in quarantine may stunt his development in early training camp. The Bucs also brought in veteran LeSean McCoy, further complicating this backfield.

2020 Bottom Line
The Bucs’ backfield is one of the toughest to predict. Arians seems to ride the hot hand at any given moment, and if Vaughn makes any critical rookie mistakes he may be headed to the bench (we saw him sit Jones in 2019 for a pass protection error). Vaughn has a lot of potential, and joins a high-powered Bucs offense that just got Brady in the offseason. But it’ll be a fight for touches in 2020. Especially with the addition of McCoy. While we don't project big numbers for Shady, he'll be involved enough to impact Vaughn Vaughn should be viewed around the top 40 running backs.

2020 Strength of Schedule - TB

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
3
@NO
32
CAR
7
@DEN
19
LAC
14
@CHI
24
GB
20
@LV
22
@NYG
3
NO
32
@CAR
13
LAR
25
KC
BYE12
MIN
9
@ATL
28
@DET
9
ATL

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

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