Speed Kills

January 8th, 2020

The guy officially has wheels.

It seems per NextGen stats, the Bucs have one of the fastest linebackers in the NFL.

Remember in the season finale when Devin White had his second (should have been his third — thanks zebras!) scoop-and-score of the season? Well during that return, White was cruising down the turf at the Den of Depression.

NextGen stats come from the NFL and the data is gathered from sensors embedded in players’ equipment. So it’s not some dude in a Dublin college dorm dreaming this up in the wee hours of a Monday morning.

It seems NextGen clocked White in one of the fastest times an NFL linebacker has been documented to run this season. That’s over 21 MPH.

What’s cool about the graphic below is how Jason Pierre-Paul rode shotgun for White.

Hey, if Mr. Entertainment, America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, can throw pick-sixes, then the Bucs can have their share of scoop-and-scores too.

19 Responses to “Speed Kills”

  1. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Vea and White are former RB’s, create a package with Vea at FB and White at HB.

  2. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Not a peep about Beckwiths recovery….

  3. Joe Says:

    Not a peep about Beckwiths recovery…

    What recovery? Very much doubt he plays again. Think Bucs are just doing the guy a favor by keeping him on IR so he can still collect a check.

  4. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    Wonder if they can track a thrown football speed.

    Does JW throw more interceptions when the ball is thrown faster, or slower?

  5. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Joe Says:
    January 8th, 2020 at 10:43 am
    Not a peep about Beckwiths recovery…

    What recovery? Very much doubt he plays again. Think Bucs are just doing the guy a favor by keeping him on IR so he can still collect a check.
    Yeah I figured he would never play again…sad for the kid and glad the Bucs are giving him a little parting gift

  6. Joe Says:

    Yeah I figured he would never play again…sad for the kid and glad the Bucs are giving him a little parting gift

    It is sad. 🙁

    Thing is, even someone like Justin Evans who rarely plays and is always hurt, you see him around One Buc. Haven’t seen Beckwith in a long time. 🙁 That’s not a good sign at all.

  7. JimmyJack Says:

    Devin White could be huge for us getting past the Saints next year. He played a pretty bad game against them IMO. For much of the first half of the season Devin looked slow and kinda confused out their. But once things started clicking for him it was a noticable difference.

    If we had the week 17 version of White in the Saints game it would of been much closer. White will be key to us challenging for the division in 2020.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Devin White is faster than most opponent’s offensive players……he is a true stud…..great attitude and will be a great Buc….we made the right choice.

  9. pick6 Says:

    it’s like a derrick brooks redux…a bunch of people asking “why on earth would you draft this LB in this day and age?” in DB55’s case he was too small for the position, in DW45’s case it was that the MLB doesn’t neutralize important enough people.

    in both cases, world class speed, tone-setting intensity, and a nose for the ball is “why”

  10. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Speaking of speed, I saw a video of Isaiah Simmons of Clemson racing Travis Etienne (a fast RB) and they’re step for step. He’ll probably be off the board when we pick at 14, but I can dream about him being the Bucs new Safety/Money LB/Bowles chess piece. That’s if all of the edge rushers go ahead of us.
    For all the fans that want an OL drafted early…You might be disappointed. We needed an O-Lineman in last year’s draft and didn’t take any (Zack Bailey made the team as an UFA). I thought for sure we’d at least use a 2nd or 3rd Rounder on OL. With the same guys making the decisions (and from what Arians has said about college OL taking years to develop) we’ll probably have a free agent signing comparable to Earl Watford last year.

  11. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I realize it’s way too premature to claim this, but White has the “potential” to become a generational LB.

    We have three CB’s now that each have the “potential” to grow into pro bowlers.

    Vita Vea has the potential to become pro bowl and maybe even all pro…

    So for those here who hate me for favoring dumping their boy JW…this is a major reason. Our defense has the “potential” to be truly special. Spend the money where it will get the biggest bang.

    Since we are talking about POTENTIAL…always risky…JW has had five years to excite us about his POTENTIAL…we’re still waiting..not to say he won’t reach it…just saying at this point I have a LOT MORE FAITH in White, Vea, or one of those DB’s reaching theirs more than JW.

    Combine that with cap issues…I want to resign everybody on the D side…the only pressing need on the O side is taking care of Godwin. That may be accomplished by trading Brate for highest draft pick available and reserving that money for Godwin. Then pay the guys who earned it last year but more importantly show the POTENTIAL to repeat it again next year. That would largely be our D!

    Before everybody jumps me…yeah the operative word is potential and that is never a certainty. I get that…just going on what we’ve seen so far.

  12. bucsince79 aka bumaneer Says:

    I wanted Bucs to draft him. We got burned bad by elite RB’S in 2018 in the middle. We really needed him & he has delivered in the 2nd half of the year…

  13. D-Rome Says:

    That’s amazing! Wow!

  14. Cobraboy Says:

    Devin White was an EXCELLENT #1 pick that will serve the Bucs as well as Mr. Derrick Brooks did.

  15. Cobraboy Says:

    I agree with stpete: pay the D before paying Winston.

    D wins games, and it became clear that when the young guys understood Bowles system, and VHIII was issued the apple and road map, this defense has the real potential to be very special.

  16. VA Tom Says:

    Right. You lay the D first. Then you tell Winston…this is what’s left…because you throw so many picks we need an elite D that can force field goal attempts when you toss the ball to the other team on our own 35.

  17. VA Tom Says:

    Pay day…lay day…in the NFL it’s all the same anyway. But thanks spell check.

  18. stpetebucsfan Says:

    VA Tom

    Your post does spark an interesting debate with that spelling miscue.

    Guys all love to get paid and laid…which do we love the most?

  19. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    StPete, I always enjoy reading your posts, but you are wrong on JW. In the previous post Joe had quoting Jenna Laine, she points out all the reasons Jameis is staying. How do you dump a QB who threw for over 5,000 yards and 30 TDs?

    Last year, Jameis/Bucs were average in the red zone. In 2019, “…Winston threw a career-high 19 touchdowns and just one interception in this area (19.00 ratio) — second only to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Let that sink in: 19 / 1!!!! So if Jameis can be careful with the ball in the red zone, he has the potential to be just as prudent elsewhere on the field.

    The potential is there. Give it time