Stunning Maturity

September 26th, 2020

This fresh teammate take on rookie safety Antoine Winfield, Jr. got Joe’s attention.

So let’s get this straight, Winfield dove from college into training camp and now he’s a key figure in orchestrating the defense and keeping veterans on their toes?

Fellow starting safety Jordan Whitehead explained.

“Working with Antonine back there, communication has been great. You know, he’s been helping me a lot, too. Just talking and telling me like little hints before the play, talking [about] like what’s the call, what we need to do,” Whitehead told Salty Dogs at the Buccaneers’ official website.

Whitehead stressed how Winfield’s mastery and comfort level in the defense has him set up for a rise to stardom.

“You know, he puts his nose in the run game, he can cover, he can blitz. That’s the ultimate safety. He can play any position on the defense,” Whitehead said of Winfield. “I think he’s going to be great.”

Joe is damn impressed with Winfield, especially after watching the Carolina-Tampa Bay film a second time.

18 Responses to “Stunning Maturity”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Maybe, just maybe we’ve started to hit on a couple of 2nd round picks…..AWJ & SMB………I wonder what happened?………perhaps Todd Bowles….

  2. Alan Collingwood Says:

    Licht’s last couple of second rounders have more than made up for the Aguayo pick, imo

  3. Rayjay1122 Says:

    AW31 was an awesome pick. 1st round talent. I expected him to be really good but he is exceeding my expectations. Outstanding start to his career. Hopefully he remains off the injury report week to week.

    Also, he seems like a very good person as well as football player.

  4. TampaTown Says:

    Defensive Rookie of the Year.

  5. orlbucfan Says:

    Whitehead and Winfield, not too shabby for just a couple of Bucs defensive backs. Looking forward to tomorrow.

  6. David Says:

    Whitehead, Winfield, Bunting, David, Dean….
    It looks to me like they have hit on a lot of DBs.
    Davis and Winfield should emerge as stars and the rest of them look very solid. So young and only getting better… Need to hit on another pass rusher next year

  7. bojim Says:

    Surprised we got him in the second and what a pleasant surprise.

  8. Mitch Says:

    Outside of his sack fumble that everyone knows about. I really think he saved the defense from giving up one and maybe two long touchdowns to CMC.

  9. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    Watching Winfield’s college highlights, we all saw how quickly he diagnosed plays and then closed on the ball. He looked like one of the fastest guys on the field–strikingly so.

    What’s crazy, is he sometimes looks the same on the pro field, in just his first two games. I almost don’t want to say this out loud and jinx him, but dang, it’s really exciting to see. Almost nobody adapts that quickly in the secondary in the NFL.

  10. SufferingSince76 Says:

    More evidence that lifts the leg on Ndog’s opinion that the Bucs have thrown away the future.

  11. El Buco Realisto Says:

    It seems good that the kid was well coached up before coming to the bucs!!!!!!!!! As no one has been coached up by this staff yet!!!!!!!!!!!! Which is another example of player “replacement” with no player “development”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is why there are almost no starters left from opening day of 2018!!!!!!!!!!!! Just proves that licht bulb built a bad roster when licht bulb had full control!!!!!!!!!!!

    go bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. Eric Says:

    Vita. White. Winfield. Triplets

  13. mark2001 Says:

    TBBF…so the question is, is it that these guys were just great picks, or is Bowles doing a great job at using and developing these guys, or both”

  14. Cainishere Says:

    With Winfield being the only rookie starter on defense, I wonder how much hazing he has seen and does he feel picked on. lol

  15. William Berry Says:

    Realist… *SMH*

    Alright, so who do you think coached up Whitehead? Carlton Davis?Vita Vea?

  16. BillyBucFan Says:

    Not developing players is Old News by now REALIST !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Give it up already.

    8 straight good games by our secondary looks like players developed to me.
    It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day.

  17. Godlovesbucs Says:

    Reminds me of the lvd pick all those years ago. Baffling that he didnt go in the 1st. Lots of teams regret not picking lvd and a lot will regret not picking winfield.

  18. #1bucfan Says:

    This is great. I know we have spend more draft picks on our DBs the last several drafts and they all are starting to come into their own. Even better that Winfield is a rookie and doing veteran things. Jason really isn’t that bad at drafting like most people make him out to be.