Can Devin White Pick Up Where He Left Off?

July 19th, 2021

Bucs ILB Devin White.

The last we saw of Bucs linebacker Devin White, he picked off a Pat Mahomes pass in the end zone to seal the Bucs’ second Super Bowl win in franchise history.

Can he keep it up?

In picking apart the Bucs’ roster for BSPN, Ben Linsey believes the “X-factor” for Tampa Bay repeating as Super Bowl champs likely will be the play of White.

Specifically, Linsey points out White was an animal in his last five games (he missed the win at Washington because of The Sickness).

X factor for 2021: White also came up with 10 quarterback pressures and four sacks over that [five-game] stretch. The next step in his development is to play at that level with more consistency, like his teammate Lavonte David has done for years. There’s no denying that White’s speed in the middle of Tampa Bay’s defense can be a game-changer.

Joe has already posted the numbers. Facing significantly better quarterbacks and offenses in the playoffs, White put up better numbers in his first postseason than Ray Lewis did in his.

That’s right. Think about it: Better than Ray Lewis.

If White can play like that through the regular seasons, the Bucs will have the second coming of “The Ultimate Warrior” on their hands in the middle of the defense for the next decade.

20 Responses to “Can Devin White Pick Up Where He Left Off?”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    Devin White is one of the most explosive players I’ve ever seen. He’s gonna keep ascending

  2. Bird Says:

    People dog vea as a one trick pony. Some even think average to good. but i think he is key to defense as pressure up the middle (in qb face) is so important
    Look how defense blew up upon his return
    Chucking guys back into qb

    So I got a better ranking joe

    Which combo per position group is most important to defense? Leaving out secondary as only doing top 3 and they are not top 3 most important IMO

    Vea and suh
    Lavonte and (Great) white
    JPP and Shaq

    I bet if you did poll , not sure one combo gets a huge (majority) number

  3. Hodad Says:

    How’s that edge rusher doing Joe? You know the one you wanted the Bucs to draft instead of White, because edge rushers are sooo much more valuable then MLBers.

  4. SB~LV Says:

    If he is healthy, of course he will

  5. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Working his way to the $100 million dollar payday he talked about at the time he was drafted. Enjoy these next 2 seasons my friends…I know I will. Think of the young stable of thoroughbreds ( hat tip to White ) who will deserve a huge payday…White,Wirfs,Winfield oh my…

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Barring injury, he will….it’s in his DNA…

  7. Stanglassman Says:

    The bigger question to be is can Vita pick up where he left off before his injury. If he starts dominating the game like he was doing in that Bears game it’s all over for the rest of the league.

    D White picked it up to another level in the playoffs. I expect more of the same.

  8. Iamabuc Says:

    Love Devin White! He reminds me a lot my favorite football player; Troy Palaomalu…💪

  9. Mike Says:

    Yeah, pretty scary for the NFL if both White and Vea can achieve their potential.

  10. Bobby M. Says:

    White’s only limit is tied to how much he can master the game. The faster he processes the play/coverage, the bigger the impact he can have on the game. He’s got Brady and David to learn from…..that’s about as ideal as it gets.

  11. Jerry R Jones Says:

    It’s not a matter of IF Joe, but WHEN.

  12. Bucsfanman Says:

    White will continue to improve. Think about that for a moment.

  13. SOEbuc Says:

    Vita is the key that unlocks the pass rush. It was obvious after he went down in the regular season and obvious when he returned at GB. And when he was playing he was getting closer to the QB and getting sacks.

  14. SlyPirate Says:

    The Bucs will remain competitive for a long time if Licht can rebuild the dline.

    Jordan Davis or Tyler Davis would be good additions in the next draft.

  15. Pickgrin Says:

    I’m still in awe of White posting an official 4.37 second 40 yard dash earlier this summer.

    That is an insanely fast sprint for any size player.

    Most WRs and CBs would give their left nut to be able to post a time like that……. but a middle Linebacker???

    Crazy man

  16. PSL Bob Says:

    Bird, I like it. Devin the Great White. Careful when you go in the water.

    A Great White that rides bareback nonetheless.

  17. Anonymous Says:

    He is not the next anybody…this is the one and only Devin White (THE SHARK)
    The best middle linebacker the league will ever see is in the making right here before our (Bucsfans) very eyes. Will we be watching the best middle linebacker of all times in just his third year?

  18. Bucs&Bolts Says:

    I’ll never forget that hit he laid on Derek Carr when he thought he could rush for a 1st down lmao.

  19. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Bucs & Bolts ( makes me think of the groovy tune Boats & Hoes…but I digress )…that was the best non-playoff game play of the year. An eager D. Carr running with his head up like a little leaguer…only to get drilled out of bounds and short. Bonus points for nearly steamrolling Gruden…then and there realizing he should have drafted White over the Clemson kid who is just a guy.

  20. D-Rok Says:

    Devin Great White (love this nickname!) is the fastest MLB I’ve ever seen play in my 50 years of watching football. Barring injury, he may someday be better than Ray Lewis, and that’s saying a lot. GO BUCS!!