Reps, Reps & More Reps

August 18th, 2020

Yesterday, Joe had a chance to ask linebackers coach Larry Foote about the coverage skills of one of his top students, 2019 savior linebacker Devin White.

The No. 5 overall pick in last year’s NFL Draft was excellent against the run and nothing special against the pass. Overall, he had a solid rookie season considering his draft position and an early knee injury.

Joe asked Foote what kind of challenge coverage was for White as a rookie and how much he can improve.

Foote didn’t really answer the question but explained that White just needs more time — and to learn from the studs around him.

“Just on the field, more reps, more snaps,” Foote said. “He’s in there next to Lavonte, who has seen it all. But just experience; you know, he’s a humble guy, so he’s listening. … I think him and Shady matched up a couple of times [Monday]. Those will be some great matchups, playing some type of running back like that with that skillset. And seeing Gronk, big guy out there and one of the best tight ends. So he’s going to get some good reps in practice. He should be ready Week 1.”

Joe’s excited to see White progress, as most great players do from Year 1 to Year 2. It’s a massive key, Joe believes, to a playoff season.

Foote went on to say White can be one of the true greats of the game because he has “that type of talent.”

5 Responses to “Reps, Reps & More Reps”

  1. stpetebucsfan Says:

    This is just an extra benefit of having a good team.

    On good teams their great offenses go against great defenses making each unit that much better. It’s like the rich getting richer.

  2. Cobraboy Says:

    It is interesting how the Bugs went from one of the bottom teams the first half of 2019, to one of the teams to heat in 2020.

    Fortunes can change fast in the NFL.

    The one question In my mind: is this team mature enough to handle the hype? One thing Brady brings to the table is a calm demeanor while demanding excellence. How fast the young guys buy in and perform will determine the outcome.

  3. SB Says:

    “Joe’s excited to see White progress, as most great players do from Year 1 to Year 1. It’s a massive key, Joe believes, to a playoff season.”


    I know I have been somewhat of a thorn in your side over the years about this but does it really cost that much to have a proof reader? Mistakes get made. Mistakes get corrected. –Joe

  4. PSL Bob Says:

    Stpetebucsfan, couldn’t agree more. Don’t know what team has a better offense for the defense to prep against. Maybe Kansas City? And Brady is undoubtedly going to see stuff he’s not used to with Bowles’ defense. Good for both sides!

  5. Buczilla Says:

    Dude came on strong at the end of the year.