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Cassius Vaughn
CB #29
Height:
5-11
Weight:
195
College:
Mississippi
Hometown:
Memphis, TN
Experience:
6
Defensive
YearTeamGTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntTDsYdsAvgLng
TOTAL 67 142 124 18 0 0 24 7 2 137 -- 55
2014 DET 13 18 16 2 0 -- 5 2 0 70 35 45
2013 IND 16 30 27 3 0 -- 6 3 0 9 3 8
2012 IND 16 66 58 8 0 0 9 1 1 3 3 3
2011 DEN 9 20 16 4 0 0 4 1 1 55 55 55
2010 DEN 13 8 7 1 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
Kick Return
YearTeamGRetYdsAvgLngTD20+40+FCFUM
TOTAL 67 24 686 28.6 97 1 18 3 0 0
2014 DET 13 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 IND 16 5 142 28.4 33 0 5 0 0 0
2012 IND 16 10 209 20.9 40 0 6 1 0 0
2011 DEN 9 7 210 30 67 0 5 1 0 0
2010 DEN 13 2 125 62.5 97 1 2 1 0 0

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Biography

Vaughn joined the Lions secondary after previous stops in Denver (2010-11) and Indianapolis (2012-13). An undrafted rookie free agent out of Mississippi in 2010, Vaughn has also appeared in two playoff games (one start) with the Colts in 2012 and 2013, where he registered four solo tackles.

TRANSACTIONS

  • Signed by the Detroit Lions as an unrestricted free agent on April 7, 2014.
  • Acquired by the Indianapolis Colts via trade on May 23, 2012.
  • Signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted rookie free agent on April 26, 2010.

PRO
Vaughn joined the Lions secondary after previous stops in Denver (2010-11) and Indianapolis (2012-13). An undrafted rookie free agent out of Mississippi in 2010, Vaughn has also appeared in two playoff games (one start) with the Colts in 2012 and 2013, where he registered four solo tackles.

2014: Began 2014 season in a backup cornerback role Week 1 vs. New York Giants (9/8) and finished his first year in Detroit with 17 tackles (15 solo), two interceptions (70 yards) and five pass defenses. Provided valuable depth to the secondary, specifically in nickel packages.

  • Inactive in Week 3 vs. Green Bay (9/21), Week 4 at New York Jets (9/28) and Week 5 vs. Buffalo (10/5) due to injury.
  • Registered one tackle in Week 6 at Minnesota (10/12).
  • Recorded two tackles, including one for loss, in Week 7 vs. New Orleans (10/19).
  • Picked off his first interception of the season while also defending one pass and making one tackle in Week 8 at Atlanta (10/26).
  • Registered two tackles and defended one pass in Week 10 vs. Miami (11/09).
  • Recorded two tackles, defended one pass and grabbed an interception in Week 11 at Arizona (11/16).
  • Had one tackle in Week 12 at New England (11/23).
  • Defended one pass in Week 13 vs. Chicago (11/27), starting in his third game of the season.
  • Registered four tackles and defended one pass in Week 14 vs. Tampa Bay (12/7).
  • Recorded one tackle in Week 15 vs. Minnesota (12/14).
  • Assisted on one tackle and recovered a fumble in Week 17 at Green Bay (12/28).
  • Registered two tackles in the NFC Wild Card game at Dallas (1/4)

2013: Saw extensive time in the Colts defensive backfield, playing in all 16 games (four starts) and finishing with 28 tackles, a career-high three interceptions, six pass defenses, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He also returned five kickoffs for 142 yards (28.4 avg).

  • Picked off his first pass of the season at San Francisco (9/22) and also recorded one pass defense.
  • Started his first game of the season at Houston (11/3) and finished with four solo tackles.
  • Started the next three games at left cornerback vs. St. Louis (11/10), at Tennessee (11/14) and at Arizona (11/24), logging 15 tackles (13 solo) over that span.
  • Recorded a career-high two interceptions at home vs. Tennessee (12/1) and also had two pass defenses.
  • Ended the season with three solo tackles vs. Jacksonville (12/29).
  • Appeared in the Colts’ Divisional Playoff game at New England (1/11) as a reserve cornerback.

2012: Played in all 16 games (11 starts) for the first time in his NFL career and finished the season with 70 tackles (60 solo), nine pass defenses and one interception, which he returned for his second-career touchdown. Also returned 10 kickoffs for 209 yards (20.9 avg), including a long of 40 yards.

  • Posted four kickoff returns for 113 yards (28.3 avg) against Jacksonville (9/23). Added a season-long 40-yard return in fourth quarter.
  • Started his first game of the season at left cornerback against Green Bay (10/7) and recorded five tackles.
  • Tied for the team lead with six tackles (four solo) vs. Miami (11/4).
  • Earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week after his performance against Tennessee (12/9). Returned his second-career interception three yards for a touchdown to give the Colts a 21-20 lead in the third quarter, and finished the game with eight solo tackles and three pass defenses.
  • In his first-career playoff game, started at left cornerback for the Colts in the team’s AFC Wild Card Playoff loss at Baltimore (1/6).

2011: Saw action in nine games (three starts) before being placed on Reserve/Injured on November 28. Ended the season with 19 tackles (15 solo), one interception, which he returned for a touchdown, and four pass defenses. Also returned a kickoff for a touchdown, becoming one of only two undrafted players in NFL history (since the era of the common draft) to return a kickoff and interception for touchdowns in a career.

  • Started his first-career NFL game at Cincinnati (9/18) and finished with two pass defenses.
  • Returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter at San Diego (10/9).
  • Took a kickoff back 67 yards for a touchdown against the New York Jets (11/17) and recovered a fumble on special teams. 2010: As an undrafted rookie out of Mississippi, played in 13 games and finished with three tackles on defense, as well as five tackles and two fumble recoveries on special teams.
  • Also returned two kickoffs for 125 yards (62.5 avg), including a 97-yard return for a touchdown against San Diego (1/2). His return was the third-longest play in Broncos history and the second-longest by an undrafted rookie in NFL history.

COLLEGE
In four years at Mississippi, played in 50 career games and concluded his college career with 152 tackles (107 solo), five interceptions, 20 pass defenses and two forced fumbles. Tied for seventh in the SEC with 13 pass defenses as a senior and finished with 56 tackles (44 solo) on the year.

PERSONAL
Competed as a running back, wide receiver, quarterback and defensive back at East High School in Memphis. Named to the SuperPrep All-Dixie Team and was a PrepStar All-Region selection as a senior.

  • While with the Colts, helped serve meals to the homeless at Wheeler Mission as part of teammate Antoine Bethea’s Safe Coverage Foundation visit.
  • Born in Memphis, Tenn.

VAUGHN’S SINGLE-GAME BESTS

  • Tackles: 10 at Hou 12/30/12
  • Pass Defenses: 3 vs. Ten 12/9/12
  • Interceptions: 2 vs. Ten 12/1/13
  • Long Interception Return: 55 vs. SD 10/9/11
  • Fumble Recoveries: 1 (five times) Last at GB 12/28/14
  • Forced Fumbles: 1 at KC 12/22/13
  • Special Teams Tackles: 2 at KC 12/22/13

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