“I Tried To Be A Part Of The Energy And Just Set The New Standard For The Team”

May 14th, 2019

Buccaneers savior inside linebacker Devin White talked to Joe after practice today, following picking off America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston, and working alongside veterans for the first time.

“I felt the extra juice,” White said of practicing with the full roster. “One thing I was really happy about is being around some guys that know how to communicate. Because they know the calls and they can kind of help me out a little bit; I know the calls, but they take a lot off me once they talk, as well.”

Lavonte David noted it was very special to be working with a rookie communicator like White. Joe’s heard similar talk from other Bucs. White is on the details and is vocal.

Practice was at a strong pace for mid-May and perhaps it can be attributed in part to White.

“Oh, I loved the energy. I tried to be a part of the energy and just set the new standard for the team,” he said.

Man, a rookie setting “the new standard.” That’s exactly what Bucco Bruce Arians said he wants from White. It was a big reason he drafted him. (If you missed the linked story, Joe suggests you read it.)

As for intercepting Jameis, business as usual, White told Joe.

“I didn’t really feel like nothing. Just normal,” White said.”Like I just got to make plays. That’s what I always did all my life, so I just want to continue. Just keep learning the playbook and try to make plays.

A great Day 1 of OTAs for No. 45.

Joe will share more from White in the coming days.

52 Responses to ““I Tried To Be A Part Of The Energy And Just Set The New Standard For The Team””

  1. Sherman Perigo Says:

    Great sign of things to come on the defensive side anyway.

  2. AlteredEgo Says:

    He’s a good one !….welcome to the historically strongest position in Buccaneer history…there have been some very goods one along the way…Go Bucs !

  3. The Fighting Schiano's Says:

    This kid excites me.

  4. DB55 Says:

    I’m “rookies are to be seen not heard” old but wtfdik

    I’m “rookies are to carry my pads not make plays” old but …

    I’m “rookies don’t even get on the field except on special teams” old but Licht is “special” so let’s go Bucs 🤷🏽‍♂️

  5. tmaxcon Says:

    it’s a shame the 100 million plus crying clown cancer93 could never raise the energy or set the tone to anything but getting blown out followed by dance parties and a race to an ice cream truck or camera. it’s not like he did not have a damn decade to figure it out. FRAUD

  6. bucoff Says:

    love this guy!

  7. tmaxcon Says:

    hopefully Mr. Whites much needed swagger and confidence can help lvd overcome his self admitted inability to overcome bad calls and big plays. man cancer93 and lvd have led / captained some of the worst defenses in nfl history not to be forgotten either are some of the franchise most embarrassing blowouts. it’s a lot to ask Mr. White to overcome at his young age. veteran career losers throughout the roster will prevail…. 3-13 glazers basement title streak in tact for at least another 2 years.

  8. Hodad Says:

    Yeah, but Joe, he’s not an edge rusher. Sounds silly now doesn’t it?

  9. DooshLaRue Says:

    I really like D-White, great energy and attitude.
    Can’t wait to see him blow up!

    I just hope I don’t get labeled a racist for liking him because of his last name…..

  10. DB55 Says:


    There’s a reason the last ilb to be selected as high as 5 was Aaron Curry AND every year DEs go in the top 5 along with OTs and QBs.

    Of the top 10 LBs in terms of tackles last year only 2 were 1st round picks. DROY was a 2nd round pick. And 4-5 LBs on the list were 5th round picks.

    Btw Mason Foster was #7 in tackles last year. Weird bc I thought according to the TB Bucs fan Foster wasn’t any good. Go figure!

  11. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Tmax,,, i am sensing a gleem in your eye about this kid.

    Man, i feel it too.

    THIS is a guy on Defense… that is going to be a true difference maker.

  12. Todd Says:

    Love to see some positive energy in these posts!

    Love to NOT see the ignorant posts of the ignorant EXCLAMATION POINT posters.

    They are all such immature detractors.

    Imagine, Joe…if you banned most of them (who are just off the chart idiots)!

    You would raise the IQ of this site by ten points.

    WOW! Real authentic dialogue.

    But for some reason, Joes, you “settle.”

    Make me a moderator and I will do you proud.

    Will raise the game.

    Or don’t.

    And continue to have these losers destroy all meaningful exchanges.

  13. Mike Johnson Says:

    Actually..I think its gonna be White helping Lavonte before its all said and done.
    White adds speed back there and we need it. Now if we can only get that D line together someway..somehow…

  14. Eric y Says:

    I love the kids attitude however it’s not that hard for a defender in the nfl to pick off Jameis … shows you what’s ahead for your favorite buc joe

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This kid is genuine……there was some concern about him referring to himself in third person……well, I have seen none of that since he was drafted…..to the contrary….this guy is very, very confident but also humble….look at the way he handled the #40 situation.

    Joe started by calling him the savior of the defense…..and now has elevated him to just SAVIOR….

    That’s OK because we definitely need one…..and, Devin White relishes the role….I don’t think there is any player on the team (including Jameis) that will try to take that away from him.

  16. Cobraboy Says:

    Underwear football “savior?”

  17. Bird Says:

    I love the posters who dog Lavonte.

    True trolls you are
    Truly nothing positive to say.

    He is one of few stud defensive players this team has had over last 5 or so years. Watch him and Devin white ball out together this year.

    Wouldn’t be surprised if both don’t combine for double digit sacks

  18. The Fighting Schiano's Says:


    Have you ever said anything positive on here?

    Asking for a friend.


    The Fighting Schiano’s

  19. firethecannons Says:

    Sounds like White is being White, perhaps the real reason we did not pass on White for Josh Allen is because of his dynamic personalty. We were not in the interview room and he probably blew them away just speaking his truth. Honestly–we scored on this dude, remember the last game of the year–we lost to the Falcons but we really won–Jameis played an awesome 4 touchdown game but we lost anyway as defense coughed it up–thank the Lord! So glad to have Devin White a Buc!

  20. Jimmy Says:

    I love his energy. Quite a contrast to the quiet, reserved Vea. Not that I don’t think he’s going to be a good player.

  21. DBS Says:

    Show me in games. Not underwear. LVD looked like a Brooks clone at one time.

  22. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I was reviewing the Bucs # 1 draft picks…..and going back (perhaps with the exception of Winston)…..I got all of the way back to Sapp before I stopped to think about leadership….

    There is no question in my mind that we made the right choice…..I would ask the Joes and all others to go through that exercise…..go back as far as you like and ask yourself what kind of leadership did these picks bring.

  23. tmaxcon Says:


    no ones trolling your hero stated both out of his own mouth that he was to mentally weak to over come big plays and penalties google is your friend pal

  24. tmaxcon Says:

    being a brooks clone what’s that mean he will choke in post season and need a player like to carry him… don’t sell white short comparing a has been that never accomplished anything without sapp driving the train… go storm!!!!!! oh wait

  25. Defense Rules Says:

    TBBF … Excellent point about drafting for leadership as well as for play-making talent. Devin White looks like the real deal. Having 1 ‘savior’ on offense & 1 on defense is fine, but winning TEAMs need multiple leaders on the field, usually within position groups I think. Our cupboard’s been bare for far too long in terms of field leadership. Got a hunch that’ll turn around this year.

  26. Buchead588 Says:


  27. Joe Says:

    Btw Mason Foster was #7 in tackles last year. Weird bc I thought according to the TB Bucs fan Foster wasn’t any good.

    No, that was according to nitwit Lovie. 🙁

  28. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Pretty pathetic that were relying on a 20 year kid to change the culture.

  29. rrsrq Says:

    About being picked #5. Not his fault that he was drafted that high, those top inside LBs that did not go in top 5, i.e., Patrick Willis, Ray Lewis, Luke Keukely, even throw in DB55, though not inside, they were/are better than some top 5 picks.
    Devin is not the savior of the defense, it will be Bowles getting the most out of what we already have, it’s simple as that. Can we defend the run, can we get off the field without giving up points, consistently.

  30. donuts Says:

    I like White. He has panache. I was not a fan of the pick based on my view of BucWorld but he deserves a we shall see on Sunday attitude.

    Go Bucs!

  31. NOSBOS Says:

    Most y’all sleep. See I mentioned my love for Vita Darf Vea last night on a thread. On Bucs app there too you can find section breaking down this first day. One of those is called “what I saw” he described something Vea did today that amazed him. Under wear or pads I don’t give a d$&@. What he mentioned sorta provides a clue as to why I’m so pumped over Vea. Simply put he’s a monster.

  32. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    mason foster & donald penn were jason gump moves along w dj swearinger, mark baron,

  33. Joe Says:

    mason foster & donald penn were jason gump moves along w dj swearinger, mark baron,

    If you mean Lovie, you are correct.

  34. #1bucsfan Says:

    Tmaxipad how can you call a hall of fame player also a ring of honor player no good. Oh wait that’s right nothing is true that comes out that trash hole you call a mouth

  35. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    Joe Says:
    May 14th, 2019 at 10:21 pm
    mason foster & donald penn were jason gump moves along w dj swearinger, mark baron,

    If you mean Lovie, you are correct.


    Never Licht Weight’s fault…no wonder .3375 losing % isn’t grounds for a real good s’ canning.

  36. topcoach_78 Says:

    Myself and Devin are from the same city his high school played against my sons school he is as advertised always been a leader and a hard worker he will do great things no doubt!

  37. NOSBOS Says:

    Y’all love traveling down memory lane round these parts. Always bringing up the names of the guys from yesteryear. Well how is folks can’t see drafting Vea last draft and Devin this draft is like selecting Sapp and Brooks all over again. No,I’m not calling them future HOFrs just yet (neither was anyone calling Sapp and Brooks that the minute they entered the league) what I’m touching on is the impact adding what became HOFrs to that 1st and 2nd level of the defense. 😊I ain’t got time to be worrying about older heads who may or may not be here in 2019. I’m too geeked about these two young thunder cats and what together they are about to become.

  38. Jeffbuc Says:

    I just finally figured it out. Tmaxx is warren sapp. That’s why he is negative towards every defensive player. And always has to say sapp carried the team. That’s why joe hasn’t banned him because he knows it #99. Tooting his own horn while being negative as hell against every other defensive player. And that explains his anger at the glazers since they released him. He is still butt Hirt over that. Now it all makes since. What up sapp you are a whiny biatch. Finkle and Einhorn. Tmax and sapp

  39. NOSBOS Says:

    Lastly real quick he mentions in that Bucs app play by play Dean,Bunting and Edwards (today) we’re running step for step with ME,Chris and Perriman. How refreshing all those young spry running legs. But carry on.. Thinking we about to be p*$$¥. We soon gone see about that.

  40. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    Devin White and Lavonte David could be related. They both have a similar under bite. Hmmm…

  41. Joe Says:

    Never Licht Weight’s fault…no wonder .3375 losing % isn’t grounds for a real good s’ canning.

    Lovie had final call on everyone on the roster. There wasn’t a player on the roster or sent packing that Lovie didn’t approve.

  42. LakeLand Says:

    Another Offseason

    Another dream lol

  43. Jmarkbuc Says:

    “Pretty pathetic that were relying on a 20 year kid to change the culture.”

    Two Words

    Khalil Mack

  44. Tc Says:

    It should be exciting to watch him play. Hope he is a stud!

  45. SenileSenior Says:

    Change has come in one form to the Bucs’ roster. Check out the official Buccaneer site.

    Yesterday there were 10 players designated as DE and 6 as DT. Today there are 9 dubbed as DL, 10 as OLB, 7 as ILB, 1 as LB and 1 as S/LB.
    Culture Change, Team=>Fans
    Go Bucs!!!!! Win Now!

  46. Buczilla Says:

    I almost hate reading the articles here this time of year. I’m excited for football and there’s still months to go… “Sigh”.

  47. Magadude Says:

    Joe, really, please don’t call White a Savior until he proves to be one. He has rescued anyone from anything yet. Make the man work for the handle.

  48. Buc'n Enough Says:

    This kid is gonna be great, he already leads the team in receptions!

  49. Tom Edrington Says:

    What? Jameis already throwing picks???

  50. WyldKat Says:

    Remind yourself that overconfidence is a slow and insidious killer.

  51. SenileSenior Says:

    Doosh, No need to be oversensitive. I am sure your enthusiasm would be the same if his name happened to be Devin Black.

    We all have good reasons to be excited by what we have seen so far. In White we have found a player not a “playa” as in Gruden’s distinction!
    Culture Change, Team=>Fans
    Go Bucs!!!!! Win Now!

  52. SenileSenior Says:

    NOSBOS, I love it!

    Vea up front, White and David just behind. Now let’s see what we’ve got behind them.

    Can’t wait to see our new defense unveiled on September 8th!
    Culture Change, Team=>Fans
    Go Bucs!!!!! Win Now!