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Leonard Fournette signs with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs have added running back Leonard Fournette to give them some serious depth. It also suggests rookie Ke’Shawn Vaughn won’t be getting as much of an opportunity as expected.

Running back Leonard Fournette of the Jacksonville Jaguars during training camp at Dream Finders Home Practice Fields on August 17, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added some serious depth at the running back position. The team has signed free agent Leonard Fournette, in news first reported by Ian Rapoport and then apparently confirmed by Fournette himself.

Prior to this signing, Ronald Jones led the Bucs backfield, with LeSean McCoy competing for work alongside him. The Bucs spent a third round pick on Ke’Shawn Vaughn this past April, but he has struggled to grab hold of an opportunity. Late last month, head coach Bruce Arians said that if Vaughn could contribute in Week 1, it would likely be as a kick returner.

Additionally, this signing suggests Vaughn still hasn’t done enough, and is not exactly a ringing endorsement of the rest of the depth chart. The Bucs spent a second round pick on Jones in 2018, and it’s taken him time to build something for himself. After only 23 carries and seven receptions in nine games as a rookie, he rushed 172 times for 724 yards and six touchdowns along with 31 receptions for 309 yards last season. On August 28th, Jones was spotted with his left foot wrapped and iced on the trainer’s table, according to reporter Greg Auman. Even if Jones has bounced back from the foot injury, this signing is not great for his value.