Lavonte, Still Hiding, Likes The Four-Day Look

August 1st, 2017


Season 6 for Lavonte David (has it really been that long?) is off to a start that truly impresses him.

Four days into training camp, David sees the defense that allowed an average of just 17 points through the second half of the 2016 campaign.

“It feels like we’ve definitely picked up where we left off, and that’s a good thing. It’s not always like that,” David told Joe. “Everybody’s attacking the football. Every time we’re out there you see attacking the football. That’s what changes games and that’s what we’re trying to do, be game-changers. We’re much faster than last year’s camp because everybody knows what they’re doing now.”

Remember, David predicted before last season that the Bucs would have the best defense in NFL history. Of course, that wasn’t going to happen last year, but they did have a couple of historic days. Against Seattle, Warren Sapp even had his eyes pop out of his head after the Bucs’ suffocation of Russell Wilson, saying the defense of that day was better than what he witnessed as a Buccaneer.

Damn, imagine if the Bucs defense really does pick up where it left off last season.

As to the “hiding” referenced in the headline, David told media months ago that he actively would be avoiding Hard Knocks cameras through training camp.

“So far, so good,” David said of his dodging. David agreed with Dirk Koetter’s original assessment that Hard Knocks is almost invisible to players if they’re not looking for the cameras or thinking about being on the show.

11 Responses to “Lavonte, Still Hiding, Likes The Four-Day Look”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    The defense needs to come out of the gate firing!!!!! I know a lot of poeple are very excited of what is on paper for the offense. But it is going to take a couple of games to get their feet under them!!!!!

    48 hrs until NFL’s first preseason game!!!!!

    Its just about GO TIME!!!!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    I have faith in coach smith to maximize the talents on the defense and lavonte needs to be back like he was in the schiano D, blitzing amd all over the field

  3. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    Here’s to hoping that he doesn’t hide from the stats sheet like he did at times last year.

    Go Bucs!!!

  4. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    So does it really matter if LVD hides or not?

    Why is he even worrying about something so miniscule to begin with???????………..unless LVD has something to hide, like his play did for 75% of the bucs last season…….let’s not let LVD off the hook on that one.

  5. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I’m feeling a Grimes pick 6 for his homecoming

  6. 813bucboi Says:

    Why is he even worrying about something so miniscule to begin with???????………..

    great question….my guess is because he’s not as mentally strong as jameis, kwon, ayers….little things like that might cause him to lose focus or turn something that small into a distraction….hope his play continues to improve….the beginning of last year was horrible for him…..GO BUCS!!!!

  7. tmaxcon Says:

    each day that passes it’s less likely that LVD can be salvaged from the brutal disease that is cancer93 Rock and Roll has the Toxic Twins and the Bucs have the Mentally Weak Duo of GMC and LVD… The new bucs give us hope the old holdovers give us reason to hide and pound jameson for breakfast.

  8. teacherman777 Says:

    We now have a capable #3 WR in Godwin to step in if we lose a starting WR.

    We DONT have a capable CB to step in if anything happens to Grimes or VHIII.

    Both of whom are small, therefore a little weaker and easier to break.

    We really messed up by not signing a proven NFL CB to be our #4 CB.

    I am fine with giving Javien Elliot and Jude lots of snaps at NCB.
    Jude has the neck of a LB and tackles very well.

    Javien makes plays and is an FSU type athlete. Very fast.

    Combined, they are decent at nickel.

    I also think Ryan Smith will be a lot better than we realize. Preseason games will be HUGE for him.

    Josh Robinson is awesome on special teams. He is a great #6 CB.

    But we really need another first round CB next year to groom as Grimes replacement. (but hopefully Grimes will play as long as Ronde)

    Go Bucs!

  9. Trubucfan22 Says:

    ??? David doesnt like the lime light. He does it when it benefits him. But he avoids the cameras when he can. You complain about McCoy loving the camera and playing to it. But criticize LVD for avoiding them? Some of you guys are just looking for negative stuff.

  10. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Did anyone see the bengals hard knocks? James harrison avoided the cameras too. It ended up being some very comical footage.

  11. Rod Munch Says:

    The lack of depth everywhere is the huge concern – good defenses can overcome injuries because injuries will happen. At corner the Bucs are dead if there are any concerns. I was shocked they went the cheap route on safety and didn’t sign any corners. We can hope for the best, but unless Grimes and VH3 can play every snap without getting injured the Bucs could be in for big trouble. Remember it was the loss of Brian Kelly in that 2003 game against Indy that lead to the defensive collapse of that game and it’s why the Bucs didn’t make the playoffs that year. In 2003 to stay under the cap the Bucs moved Dwight Smith to safety and it left a huge hole in the secondary, one which wasn’t exposed until Kelly went down – and then everyone realize that the depth on the 2002 team wasn’t there in 2003. The Bucs in 2017 however aren’t anything close to any of those great Bucs defenses and they have even less depth. A half season of good play is nice, but this team will win with offense I do believe.