Ke’Shawn Vaughn: Not part of the game plan?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have struggled to get the run game going so far this season. Through the first three games of the season, the Buccaneers have put only 169 yards ground and two touchdowns. That’s 48 rushing attempts and a 3.5 yards per play average. That puts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the bottom of the NFL in rushing attempts but 10-yards ahead of the Steelers in rushing.

Last season the Buccaneers were 28th in the NFL in rushing attempts (369), 28th in the NFL in rushing yard totals (1,519), 25th overall in rushing touchdowns (16). These stats don’t matter since the Buccaneers won the Lombardi last season, and Tom Brady is on pace to do what Tom Brady does and smash passing records. However, despite being able to sling the rock, one needs to be able to run the rock. Bucs haven’t been able to with much success, despite what it looks like on paper. ROJO averages 3.5 yards a carry, and that’s typical ROJO, and Lenny 3.8. Giovani Bernard has a big fat Goose egg in the rushing department, although he is a pass catcher, with 79 yards and a TD, and Ke’Shawn Vaughn is balls across the stats book.

With the lack of a productive rushing game and Bernard suffering a dinger against the Rams, Bruce Arians was asked if Ke’Shawn Vaughn would have a bigger role in Week 4. You know, maybe mix it up a little?

“Yeah, he was active this week and played on special teams.” Bruce Arians said, “But no, I’ve got confidence in ‘Lenny’and ‘RoJo’ that they’ll bounce out of it, and we’ll do a better job of blocking, too. I’ve got confidence—these guys are proven —and I like Ke’Shawn Vaughn. I think he’s really good, too. No, we’ll stay with our games.”

So that is a definite “no”; when it comes to Vaughn carrying the rock, but there is some hope of seeing the second-year back out of Vanderbilt, utilized in the passing attack.

“He’s ready, but we’d probably use ‘Lenny’more. And Ke’Shawn would be the next guy, for sure.”

Vaughn certainly has been a name thrown around by Bucs fans as one of the guys missing from the rushing game, but it doesn’t look like he is going to be in Arians’ plans in the near future. It kind of makes you wonder why we did we draft him in the 3rd round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

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