A Season of Comfort – JoeBucsFan.com

A comforting season

May 11, 2022

Playoff Lenny

Running backs coach Todd McNair made an interesting point yesterday.

The Bucs don’t have a veteran running back on the roster who enjoyed a comfortable start to a season on the Tampa Bay offense. All three should therefore greatly benefit from a normal spring and summer line-up this year at One Buc Palace.

Leonard Fournette was signed just before opening day of the 2020 season. Ke’Shawn Vaughn was a rookie handicapped by the lack of spring training this season thanks to COVID and an abbreviated training camp.

Giovani Bernard was a 2021 signing who kind of worked on a time-share basis on Tom Brady’s private training for veterans and official team activities at One Buc Palace – sessions without the veterans working alongside Brady.

Life in the NFL is finally back to normal and McNair thinks Vaughn, Fournette and Bernard are all “really getting comfortable” for the first time because of it.

Joe won’t go too far here. Clearly, Fournette and Vaughn have adapted well enough to help the Bucs win a Super Bowl. But McNair’s point is correct and Joe is happy to embrace any advantage the Bucs can get the way.

Vaughn is likely to be the guy who will benefit the most from the normal offseason, and hopefully he’ll be pushed by talkative rookie Rachaad White, Tampa Bay’s third-round pick.