“More Takeaways”

May 13th, 2021

It didn’t take long for Super Bowl Bucs safety Antoine Winfield, Jr., to spit out a personal goal for the 2021 season.

“Create more takeaways,” he told the Behind The Mask podcast. ”That ultimately gives us the best chance to win.”

Perhaps Winfield loved the taste of his Super Bowl interception, the second pick of his long rookie season. Or maybe he’s realized just how savagely critical his January forced fumble was against the Saints with 4:40 remaining in the third quarter and New Orleans leading 20-13 in the NFC Divisional Round.

Winfield explained that he grew up watching Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed dominate as a ballhawk, and he named Reed as his top defensive back after his Pro Bowl dad.

As a kid, Winfield said he was mesmerized by Reed and studied him on YouTube, presumably watching all 64 of his regular-season interceptions and nine in the postseason.

Winfield played 19 of 20 games for the Bucs last season and had two picks and four forced fumbles. If he can find just a few more turnovers to force this season, that could be the difference in the Bucs getting a critical No. 1 playoff seed.

8 Responses to ““More Takeaways””

  1. Bird Says:

    One of my new favorite bucs. CAnt wait to see what he can do in year 2
    Hopefully some more picks
    5 would be a nice goal!

  2. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Future Pro Bowler!

  3. 813bucboi Says:

    i like Dean to lead the team in INTs….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  4. TampaTown Says:

    I love this kid. Just bought his jersey.

  5. Billy Bob Bubbu Bo Baggins Says:

    Is it an automatic that he will get more turnovers this year if he is facing James Winston twice a year?

  6. DueForABuc Says:

    Gotta get his jersey!

  7. Ddogg Says:

    Great player and student of the game, with respect. I got two super bowl jerseys, and had two pick two players from this talent driven team. I got a vet in Mike Evans(Mr. 1000+) and for the second I quickly decided to get (piece sign throwing) a rookie and make it Winfield Jr home field white super bowl jersey. I’ve written evans(dark pewter) a half dozen times already, no plans on wearing Winfield’s rookie/Superbowl jersey, is going into my collectors list. A Buccs fan for a long time, hope the keep these good times a float and got those cannons

  8. #1bucsfan Says:

    Love watching Ed reed. If he models his game after reeds watch out. Might be my new fav safety up there with John lynch