Ke'Shawn Vaughn

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Running Back #21
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Running Back #21
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Ke'Shawn Vaughn News

Opportunity knocks in '22

Vaughn currently slots in as the Buccaneers' No. 2 running back with the recent departure of Ronald Jones in free agency, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Vaughn saw a slight uptick in involvement over that of his rookie 2020 campaign last season, rushing for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries and adding four receptions for 26 yards. The Vanderbilt product then played a sizable role in the wild-card win over the Eagles, carrying 17 times for 53 yards and a touchdown while also recording a pair of receptions. Looking ahead to 2022, it appears we're on the verge of finding out if Vaughn's two-season, low-volume apprenticeship has laid the proper groundwork for what should be a clear-cut No. 2 role behind Leonard Fournette, barring an unforeseen draft pick or free agent-signing disrupting that plan.

Mar 29, 2022 5:06 PM EST

Season ends quietly

Vaughn logged only two special-teams snaps during the Buccaneers' 30-27 divisional-round loss to the Rams on Sunday. He finished the 2021 regular season with 36 carries for 180 yards and two touchdowns along with four catches (eight targets) for 26 yards. He also amassed 15 yards in kickoff returns, all across 12 games.

Analysis: The second-year back finished up his season the same way he began it back in September, as a complete non-factor on offense. Vaughn didn't see his first carries until Week 7 against the Bears, and he only logged another three after that point until Week 15, when multiple injuries struck the Buccaneers backfield. Vaughn did give a solid accounting of himself from that point forward, averaging 5.3 yards per rush on his 28 carries over the final four games of the regular season while adding a pair of rushing touchdowns and his aforementioned four catches. The Vanderbilt product then played a significant role in the wild-card win over the Eagles, pacing the backfield with 17 carries and also recording a pair of grabs with Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette both unavailable. Neither of his backfield mates is guaranteed to be back in 2022, meaning that Vaughn's late-season taste of extended action could essentially prove to have been an on-field audition for a much larger role next season.

Jan 25, 2022 12:10 PM EST

Added competition for carries

Vaughn's teammate, Leonard Fournette (hamstring) has been activated off IR by the Buccaneers, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The looming return of Fournette for his first game action since Week 15 bolsters Tampa Bay's backfield ahead of Sunday's divisional-round game against the Rams, with Ronald Jones (ankle) still out. In the team's wild-card win over the Eagles last weekend, Vaughn led the way with 17 carries, adding a pair of catches, while Giovani Bernard logged 13 rushes and five catches. As long as Fournette avoids any setbacks with his hamstring issue, however, both Vaughn and Bernard figure to see decreased volume versus Los Angeles, making them speculative fantasy lineup options.

Jan 22, 2022 1:48 PM EST

Serves as lead back Sunday

Vaughn rushed 17 times for 53 yards and a touchdown and brought in both his targets for nine yards during the Buccaneers' 31-15 win over the Eagles in an NFC wild-card matchup Sunday.

Analysis: After logging all of five carries during last year's Super Bowl title run, Vaughn took on lead-back duties Sunday with Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Ronald Jones (ankle) both out of action. The second-year back performed well with the extra workload and paid off for those rolling with him in fantasy playoff leagues and contests with a one-yard touchdown run to just before the end of the first quarter. Vaughn has proven capable of handling a robust workload over the last several games due to the depleted state of the Buccaneers' backfield, but he could certainly see a reduction in volume as soon as next weekend's divisional round if at least one of Fournette or Jones is back in action.

Jan 16, 2022 1:54 PM EST

Set for bigger role Sunday

Vaughn may share running back reps with Giovani Bernard (hip/knee) during Sunday's wild-card contest against the Eagles after the Buccaneers activated the latter from injured reserve Saturday, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Tampa Bay already ruled out Ronald Jones (ankle) for its postseason opener, and the team opted not to activate Leonard Fournette (hamstring) from IR on Saturday, meaning its top two options out of the backfield are unavailable. With Bernard back in the fold, he'll serve in at least a chance-of-pace role, but Vaughn could be the preferred option on early downs, while Le'Veon Bell also is on hand. In 12 appearances this season, Vaughn racked up 36 carries for 180 yards and two touchdowns and also gathered in four of eight targets for 26 yards.

Jan 15, 2022 2:28 PM EST

Inefficient with extra opportunity

Vaughn rushed 10 times for 29 yards and a touchdown and brought in both targets for 12 yards in the Buccaneers' 41-17 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Vaughn took on lead-back duties with Ronald Jones (ankle) sidelined and did log double-digit carries, but he wasn't able to do much on a yards-per-carry basis. However, his two-yard scoring run early in the third quarter did salvage his day somewhat from a fantasy perspective, and he finished the season with two scores over the last three games. The health of both Jones and Leonard Fournette (IR-hamstring) will certainly be the subject of plenty of scrutiny this coming week leading up to Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Eagles, and if at least one of the two remains on the shelf, Vaughn would presumably be in line for at least a complementary role of some degree.

Jan 9, 2022 8:45 PM EST

More snaps on tap for Week 18

Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell will be the Buccaneers' main running backs Sunday against the Panthers with Ronald Jones (ankle) ruled out and Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Giovani Bernard (hip/knee) still on injured reserve, Joey Knight and Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times report.

Analysis: After Fournette hit IR following a Week 15 loss to the Saints due to a hamstring strain, Jones stepped in as the No. 1 RB the past two contests, but he sustained an ankle injury this past Sunday at the Jets. As a result, Vaughn has earned the bulk of his touches on the season over the last three games, racking up 18 carries for 120 yards, two catches (on six targets) for 14 yards and one rushing TD. Bell also mixed in Weeks 16 and 17, with eight touches for 34 yards from scrimmage. The likely outcome is Vaughn serving as the early down option for the Bucs, with Bell and potentially practice squad member Kenjon Barner serving as complementary pieces.

Jan 7, 2022 4:06 PM EST

Logs full practice Wednesday

Vaughn (ribs) practiced fully Wednesday.

Analysis: At the same time Bruce Arians called Vaughn "fine" earlier Wednesday, the coach mentioned the Bucs' current No. 1 running back Ronald Jones was donning a walking boot and wouldn't practice, per Scott Smith of the team's official site. Tampa Bay will wait until Thursday or Friday to see if Jones can run on his injured ankle, at which point a decision may be made on his availability for Week 18. With Leonard Fournette (hamstring) and Giovani Bernard (hip) still on injured reserve, Vaughn and Le'Veon Bell are the only healthy running backs on the active roster at the moment. Vaughn has received more run than normal over the last three contests due to all the injuries in the backfield, averaging 6.7 yards on his 18 carries, reeling in two of six passes for 14 yards and scoring one touchdown.

Jan 5, 2022 12:51 PM EST

Practicing Wednesday

Vaughn (ribs) has been spotted participating in the early portion of Wednesday's practice, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Vaughn suffered a rib injury during Sunday's win over the Jets, so it's encouraging to see him handling reps to begin the practice week. Wednesday's official injury report will reveal whether he is considered limited or a full participant. Meanwhile, Ronald Jones (ankle) is not present for the early portion of practice.

Jan 5, 2022 8:27 AM EST

Dealing with bruised ribs

Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that Vaughn is dealing with bruised ribs following Sunday's win over the Jets, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Vaughn finished Sunday's contest with eight rushes for 31 yards while hauling in two of three targets for 14 yards. Arians said that the 24-year-old "might" be able to play in Sunday's Week 18 tilt against the Panthers, and he could see increased playing time if Ronald Jones (ankle) is unavailable.

Jan 3, 2022 9:28 AM EST

Solid role in win

Vaughn rushed eight times for 31 yards and brought in two of three targets for 14 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-24 win over the Jets on Sunday.

Analysis: Vaughn checked in second to Ronald Jones in carries, with the latter exiting the game early due to an ankle issue. The second-year back now has 15 carries over the last two games, and even though Scott Smith of the team's official site reports Vaughn suffered a rib injury himself during the contest, he's likely to see another solid workload if he suits up Week 18 against the Panthers if the Buccaneers opt to play it safe with Jones ahead of the postseason.

Jan 2, 2022 4:56 PM EST

Flashes with extended opportunity

Vaughn rushed seven times for 70 yards and a touchdown and failed to bring in his only target during the Buccaneers' 32-6 win over the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Operating as the primary backup to interim lead back Ronald Jones, Vaughn made good use of his opportunity with the help of a 55-yard touchdown up the left sideline in the first quarter, Tampa Bay's first score of the game. The second-year back had just 11 carries on the campaign coming into the contest, but he should continue to serve in a solid complementary role in a Week 17 road matchup with the Jets.

Dec 26, 2021 4:32 PM EST

Three carries in loss

Vaughn rushed three times for 19 yards and failed to bring in either of his two targets in the Buccaneers' 9-0 loss to the Saints on Sunday night.

Analysis: It proved somewhat fortunate Vaughn garnered active status Sunday -- certainly not a given this season -- as the second-year back was called into action when Leonard Fournette exited early with a hamstring injury. While Vaughn's role was still modest (19 snaps), that may not be the case in coming weeks, considering Fournette could miss at least the Week 16 contest versus the Panthers, if not more time. In such a scenario, Ronald Jones still projects to helm the Bucs backfield, but Vaughn could be a key complementary option.

Dec 20, 2021 9:23 PM EST

No snaps in Week 13 win

Vaughn did not log any snaps during the Buccaneers' 30-17 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

Analysis: Vaughn avoided healthy scratch status after receiving that designation in Week 12, but he still went unused in the contest. The second-year back only sees occasional action and continues to be a non-factor on offense with the top running back trio of Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones (illness) and Giovani Bernard generally healthy in front of him.

Dec 6, 2021 7:51 PM EST

Healthy scratch in Week 12

Vaughn (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game at Indianapolis, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Vaughn has avoided injuries to this point in the season, but he's been a healthy scratch for the Bucs five times through 11 games. And in the six outings in which he's been available, he's been limited to 17 offensive snaps, 91 plays on special teams, eight carries for 31 yards and one kick return for 15 yards. With Vaughn on the sideline, Leonard Fournette will continue to operate as the team's lead runner, while Ronald Jones and Giovani Bernard will mix in in their respective roles.

Nov 28, 2021 8:55 AM EST

Sees rare action in win

Vaughn rushed three times for four yards and ran back one kickoff for 15 yards in the Buccaneers' 30-10 win over the Giants on Monday night.

Analysis: Vaughn garnered active status for only the sixth time this season and saw his first carries since Week 7. The second-year back also got his first chance to contribute on returns and logged a total of 22 plays (nine on offense, 13 on special teams), his second-highest workload of the season. Despite his participation Monday night, Vaughn could well toggle between inactive and active status the rest of the season as long as the Buccaneers' primary backfield options are healthy.

Nov 23, 2021 9:40 PM EST

Healthy scratch Sunday

Vaughn (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints, Jenna Laine of reports.

Analysis: The Buccaneers have their full stable of backs for this one, and Vaughn is the odd man out. Apparently, they are set on special teams as well.

Oct 31, 2021 12:35 PM EST

Sees first carries of season

Vaughn rushed five times for 27 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-3 win over the Bears in Week 7.

Analysis: Vaughn logged just eight snaps from scrimmage, but he was busy with them. The five carries were the first of the season for Vaughn, who's been active for four games overall but had only seen action on special teams until Sunday. As long as the top backfield trio of Ronald Jones, Leonard Fournette and Giovani Bernard are healthy, Vaughn appears destined for the most minimal of roles on offense.

Oct 27, 2021 4:21 PM EST

Expected to be active

Vaughn is expected to be active for the Buccaneers' Week 4 matchup with the Patriots, Scott Smith of the team's official website reports

Analysis: With Giovani Bernard (knee) sidelined, Vaughn is expected to back up Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones as the Bucs' No. 3 running back. He saw his first time on the field in Week 3, but only on special teams. Bernard primarily saw action as the team's third-down back, so it remains to be seen if Vaughn will see any snaps in those situations.

Oct 1, 2021 7:47 PM EST

Remains inactive Week 2

Vaughn (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 2 tilt against the Falcons.

Analysis: The second-year back will be in street clothes for the second straight game to open the season. The trio of Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones and Giovanni Bernard will once again be entrusted to handle the Buccaneers' backfield duties.

Sep 19, 2021 11:48 AM EST

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