The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are dealing with another case of Covid-19. Recently drafted running back, Ke’Shawn Vaughn has tested positive for the virus. Earlier this summer, the Bucs fell victim to a handful of Covid-19 cases. However, the cases within the organization seemed to stall.
With Tom Brady and rookies arriving at training camp today, the news of Vaughn testing positive is a sour spot on what should have been a joyous start to the week.
Vaughn is supposed to be a pivotal piece to the Tampa Bay offense. Both Ronald Jones II and Vaughn looked to make waves in training camp, as the Bucs’ running game looked flat in 2019. Now that the third-rounder has tested positive, the Bucs will rely on backs like Dare Ogunbowale to take the spot.
But Vaughn’s absence at camp will be noticeable. However, there is a bright side to this situation. The NFL recently announced there would be no preseason games, giving teams and players more time to prepare. If Vaughn can recover in time, he will be able to jump right back into the swing of things.
Since the rookie running back is excellent at receiving, look for the Buccaneers to use him on third and short situations. In 2019, Vaughn caught for 270 yards and one touchdown. Brady loves to check down his backs, and Vaughn fits the system perfectly. Vaughn is also incredibly strong and always shakes off defenders.
The rest of the Buccaneers return to camp on Thursday. However, Brady has been practicing in small groups with his new teammates for the past few months. So players know what to expect from Brady and his work ethic.
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