May 5, 2021

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Who the heck is Raymond Calais?

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Image Credits: Kim Klement | USA Today

Who is that?

At 5’9″ and 185 LBS, if you walked past Raymond Calais at the mall; and say Shaq Barrett or Mike Evans or even Devin White were with him, you might say to yourself, “look at that, Shaq is hanging out with his little brother at the mall.” While just walking about, Calais does not draw much attention; let him break into a quick sprint or a 40-yard dash, and he will draw attention. The guy is fast. NFL fast. He turned in the third-fastest time among running backs at the 2020 Combine with a 4.42 40 time.

A Kickoff Return Speed Demon

The Buccaneers seventh-round selection out of Louisiana Lafayette is probably best known for his kickoff return skills. He was First-Team All Sun-Belt Conference as a return specialist in 2019, Third-team as a running back, and Second-team All-Louisiana, as a return specialist. He was not used much in the passing game, but he is a pretty decent receiver out of the backfield, none the less, showing ability when given the chance. In his Junior season, he had an 83-yard touchdown run. In his Senior Season, he peeled off a slick 92-yard fly by for a touchdown. He averaged 9.3 and 7.6 yards, respectively, in his last two seasons in Lafayette, so he can play the running back position with effectiveness. The feeling here is that he was drafted by Arians and Licht to give us a real weapon in the return game. But, he is sure to see some chances behind Brady as a quick strike guy and receiving option out of the backfield from time to time. In 2019, he averaged almost thirty yards a return on kickoffs for the Ragin Cajuns, impressive.

High School Days

In High School, he was a track team monster as well as one of the state’s best running backs. He was the Class 4A All-State Offensive MVP as a senior and was named the Gatorade Louisiana Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year. His high school track team won the team state title his senior season with Calais leading the way in sweeping the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.59 seconds and the 200-meter dash in 21.21. I think it is safe to say that running fast is in his blood. He will, hopefully, be showcasing that speed and ability this season for the Bucs. It’s no secret we have had difficulties suiting up a player to return kicks and one that’s a true threat at the position. The Bucs may have solved that problem with our last pick of the 2020 draft, although he may not be well known yet in Tampa. Here’s hoping when the 2020 season is over, he will be a Bay Area Household name. Speed kills, and he has the reputation of a killer. Go Bucs!!

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