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6-3-0 9-3-0
3-5-0 5-7-0
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2021 Rushing

STATS ATT YDS AVG TD LNG
Regular Season 8 31 3.9 0 15

Top Ke'Shawn Vaughn News

  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: 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.

    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.

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  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: 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.

    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.

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  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: Healthy scratch Sunday

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

    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.

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  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: Sees first carries of season

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

    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 is healthy, Vaughn appears destined for the most minimal of roles on offense.

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  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: 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.

    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.

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  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: Remains inactive Week 2

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

    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 Giovani Bernard will once again be entrusted to handle the Buccaneers' backfield duties.

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  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: Sitting out Thursday

    Vaughn (coach's decision) is inactive for Thursday's game against the Cowboys.

    Vaughn may be poised for another sparse campaign of appearances and touches after seeing time in 11 games and receiving 36 touches (including playoffs) as a rookie third-rounder last season. With Vaughn on the sideline, Leonard Fournette, Ronald Jones and Giovani Bernard will be the Bucs' trio of running backs Week 1.

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  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: Another heavy workload

    Vaughn rushed 15 times for 29 yards, failed to bring in his only target and returned one kickoff for 17 yards in the Buccaneers' 23-16 preseason win over the Texans on Saturday night. He also fumbled once, but it was recovered by Tampa Bay.

    Vaugh once again paced the Buccaneers in carries, and despite the fact he averaged well under 3.0 yards per attempt for the third time in as many exhibitions, he doesn't appear to be in any danger of missing out on a roster spot. Greg Auman of The Athletic believes as much, considering he includes Vaughn in his 53-man roster projection as the fourth running back and a special-teams asset. However, Auman notes that Vaughn's fumble, which came on his one touch as a kickoff returner, doesn't help his chances of securing that role.

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  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: Inefficient in second exhibition

    Vaughn rushed nine times for 18 yards, secured his only target for nine yards and ran back two kickoffs for 31 yards in the Buccaneers' 34-3 preseason loss to the Titans on Saturday night.

    With Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette idle, Vaughn comfortably paced the Buccaneers in carries but could hardly get anything done with them. He did capitalize on his only opportunity as a receiver, but his 15.5 yards per return average on kickoffs also left plenty to be desired. Vaughn received praise from head coach Bruce Arians after the preseason opener against the Bengals for his overall play, particularly on special teams, but the second-year back still looks like a clear-cut No. 4 option who will struggle to see many opportunities from scrimmage as long as all of Jones, Fournette and Giovani Bernard are healthy.

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  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: Finds end zone in preseason opener

    Vaughn rushed 11 times for 27 yards and a touchdown and secured two of three targets for 10 yards in the Buccaneers' 19-14 preseason loss to the Bengals on Saturday night. He also returned three kickoffs for 42 yards.

    The second-year back ended up pacing the team in carries on a night when no other back logged more than two attempts. Vaughn opened the scoring on the night with his two-yard scoring run late in the first quarter, capping off a drive in which he gained 22 yards on five touches. Scott Smith of the team's official site reports that despite the lack of efficiency on the stat sheet, Vaughn made quite the positive all-around impression in his first chance to make a case for a bigger role this season. "Ke'Shawn I thought played lights-out," said head coach Bruce Arians. "He made a hell of a play as a gunner. He ran the ball well, blocked well. I thought he made a really nice step, especially his special teams snaps. We know he can run, we know he can catch, but those plays on special teams were big for him."

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  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: Making improvements

    Vaughn said Friday that he's feeling more confident heading into Year 2, especially with regard to his role on special teams, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

    Coach Bruce Arians highlighted special teams as a necessary area of improvement for Vaughn back in June minicamp, and the second-year running back appears to have taken those words to heart. As Greg Auman of The Athletic reports, Vaughn has also prioritized improving his consistency as a pass catcher. The 24-year-old won't have an easy path to offensive snaps in the upcoming campaign, with veteran Giovani Bernard now also in the mix behind Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones, but a strong preseason could at least help him be more involved than he was as a rookie (31 touches in 10 appearances).

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  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: Needs to step up on special teams

    Vaughn has impressed coach Bruce Arians during his time in Tampa, but the second-year running back's chances of seeing increased playing time in 2021 may hinge on his improvement on special teams, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. "Ke'Shawn's made a nice move, but he has to be a better special teams players right now because of what's in front of him," said Arians. "But I have all the confidence in the world in him as a runner and a receiver."

    "What's in front of him," as Arians puts it, are Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette. Meanwhile, veteran Giovani Bernard was added this offseason, and all those factors leave Vaughn's prospects for playing time murky at best. The Vanderbilt product logged just 31 touches (26 rushes, five catches) during his rookie campaign, recording a touchdown through the air and averaging 4.2 yards per carry. Vaughn played just 37 special-teams snaps and was a healthy scratch for six regular-season games and the final three postseason contests, but it appears he could have a chance to increase his overall profile in the offense with a strong training camp and preseason in all phases.

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  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: Not forgotten about

    Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that he expects Vaughn to have a "breakout year" in 2021, Taylor Jenkins of PewterReport.com reports.

    Arians wouldn't rule out drafting a running back in April, but he suggested he has confidence in all of Vaughn, Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones. While Fournette's performance in the playoffs makes him a clear favorite for the lead role heading into Week 1, the Bucs could make more of an effort to involve Vaughn in their offense in his second season. The 2020 third-round pick barely played as a rookie, taking 31 touches for 143 yards and a touchdown in 10 games.

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  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: Limited action in rookie season

    Vaughn, who was a healthy scratch for Sunday's Super Bowl LV win over the Chiefs, finished his rookie season with 26 carries for 109 yards and five receptions (10 targets) for 34 yards and a touchdown over 10 games. He also lost a fumble.

    The rookie approached his first pro training camp with hopes of pushing Ronald Jones for playing time, but the subsequent signings of LeSean McCoy and Leonard Fournette largely derailed those plans. Vaughn ultimately logged 99 snaps from scrimmage and an additional 37 on special teams, so he did have a chance to get some valuable reps under his belt despite the crowded running back room. With McCoy unlikely to return in 2021 and Fournette likely having earned himself a fairly robust payday on the open market with his strong four-game postseason run, Vaughn may have an exponentially busier sophomore campaign while competing alongside Jones.

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  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: Sitting out Super Bowl

    Vaughn (coach's decision) is listed as inactive for Sunday's Super Bowl LV versus the Chiefs, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

    With Vaughn sidelined, the Buccaneers instead will roll with Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones at running back, while LeSean McCoy is available in case he's needed out of the backfield.

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  • Buccaneers' Ke'Shawn Vaughn: Healthy scratch Sunday

    Vaughn (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's divisional-round contest at New Orleans.

    In the Buccaneers' wild-card win at Washington, Vaughn received double-digit offensive snaps (12) for the sixth time in 11 appearances this season, which translated to five carries for 21 yards. The elevated snap count coincided with an active Ronald Jones not taking the field due to a quad injury suffered during pregame warmups. With Jones back in the lineup this weekend, Vaughn will be a healthy scratch while Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy join Jones as the Tampa Bay's available running backs.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 214 lbs
Birthplace: Nashville, TN
Age: 24
Class: Sophomore