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Bruce Arians Predicts Surprise 2021 Breakout Player in Buccaneers Offense

David Kaestle
Bruce Arians has confidence in his young running back heading into the 2021 season.
Bruce Arians has confidence in his young running back heading into the 2021 season. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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Bruce Arians and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off an impressive Super Bowl win last season, but that doesn't mean the team isn't already optimistically looking ahead to next season.

A few weeks into free agency, and they have found a way to bring back all 22 starters from the Super Bowl roster.

One of the big re-signings was running back Leonard Fournette. Bringing back Fournette reunites the exciting backfield duo with him and Ronald Jones, which helped propel them to a Super Bowl behind impressive playoff performances.

Given that dynamic duo is back together, Arians' latest comments are pretty surprising. The Bucs head coach says he expected a big breakout year from second-year back Ke'Shawn Vaughn.

When Vaughn was drafted last April some considered him to be the RB of the future in Tampa. Ronald Jones hadn't really been impressive to that point, and Fournette was still in a Jaguars jersey. However, Vaughn's rookie year was uninspiring. He totaled 109 yards on a mere 26 rushing attempts in 10 games.

With two established backs under contract next season, Vaughn's path to a significant workload seems murky at this point. But Arians did mention roles will be more defined come training camp. So it sounds like that will be a make-or-break time for all running backs involved in the Buccaneers' backfield.

For fans of Vaughn though, it's never a bad thing when the head coach has that type of confidence in you this early on in the offseason.


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