Devin White: Joe Tryon Needs To Meet Bucs Standards

August 20th, 2021

Talkin’ Joe Tryon.

Man, when thinking about this Bucs team, there are so many damn good things your head nearly spins.

Just look how Todd Bowles has transformed this defense. When Bowles’ predecessor Mike Smith was canned in the middle of the 2018 season, the Bucs were on pace to allow the most points in a season in NFL history.

Given that the league was founded in 1920, it’s fair to say that homo sapiens never laid eyes on a worse professional football defense than what Mike Smith molded.

In two years, the defense went from the absolute worst to choking out Pat Mahomes for a Super Bowl win. It is breathtaking how far it has come.

Yesterday, Bucs linebacker Devin White was talking rookie Joe Tryon. Oh, White is a big fan and was geeked that Tampa Bay drafted him.

But White, speaking with pride, said that for Tryon to become a full-time player on the Bucs defense, he has to meet the standard set by Bucs defenders if he wants to log a lot of snaps.

“To see him destroy tackles and tight ends in the run game makes me happy,” White said of Tryon. “Because we use our outside linebackers as edge-setters. And that is one thing, you cannot just come in here and rush the passer. You have to be able to play team defense.

“We do have a standard within our front-seven. And that’s stopping the run. Being the No. 1 rush defense in the league two years now. We want to keep that going. We actually want to improve on what we did last year.

“It’s a standard that we set. He has to be able to fall in line if wants to get on the field and he is doing just that. I’m glad to have him. It was a great pick, man. I know me and him will get to play for a long time here.”

White added that he sees a lot of himself in Tryon. White said when he wasn’t sure what to do as a rookie, he just gave 110 percent effort to let his athletic ability take over.

That is exactly what he sees Tryon doing, White noted, giving “relentless” effort. And when Tryon learns the NFL game and can use his head as much as his athletic ability, look out.

If Tryon becomes as good of an outside linebacker as White is an inside linebacker, Joe may think he’s in football heaven.

18 Responses to “Devin White: Joe Tryon Needs To Meet Bucs Standards”

  1. Destinjohnny Says:

    45 is special on every level

  2. kyle Says:

    45 has to be my favorite guy on this team!! straight up dog!

  3. BA4President Says:

    His swag, confidence, and energy reminds be of Warren Sapp, but with tact.

    Going into the draft, we always hear about how this and that player has outstanding intangibles (Winston, Tebow, Manziel, etc.), but rarely does a player carry that with them from college to the NFL.

    This guy is who every GM wishes their picks would turn out to be.

    It’s a great time to be a Bucs fan.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Maybe Tryon makes up for the absence of Josh Allen (would be savior)…….

  5. Andrew Says:

    If you want to know who the alpha is on defense and feel great about the Bucs defense for the next decade, watch Devin White’s interview. Impossible not to gush over this guy.

  6. BucDan Says:

    Jason Licht is making mega moves with these draft picks and how they approach the game from a mental standpoint.

    Great heads on JTS, Devin, SMB, Mike Edwards, Ali, Cappa, CD3, Wirfs, Winfield, VV, Godwin and so on.

    Throw in the winner mentality from the recent free agent signing and it’s proven to be a great combo!

  7. Brian Says:

    True leadership right there. Ya just love to see it.

  8. The Red Mirage Says:

    D White is the man. He seems to get better every game.

  9. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Joe says:

    And when Tryon learns the NFL game and can use his head as much as his athletic ability, look out.

    So true, Joe. Exciting times!

  10. Buc50 Says:

    @Andrew I agree. As I was watching the interview, I was ear to ear smiling not because of the football Devin White but you can see the man Devin White getting better and better over time. I’m glad we have him.

  11. Bucsfanman Says:

    Just talking about “‘Ol Smitty’s” defense makes my head hurt!

    This defense is a phenomenal mix of youth and veteran talent. We haven’t even seen their best football! Picture THAT!

  12. SlyPirate Says:

    White will win DPOY.

    +120 tackles, +10 sacks, 4-6 INTs.

  13. Bbro Says:

    Good read Mr White

  14. Nutbucer Says:

    DW45 is authentic and soaked in leadership. All pro this year, hope he never changes.

  15. Rod Munch Says:

    I remember when people here on this site had their panties in a bunch at the mere thought the Bucs would take a middle LB with the #5 pick. We HAD to get a pass rusher, anything else was a waste.

    I pointed that it was Hardy Nickerson who turned it around for the Bucs in the 90s leading to the best passing defense in the history of the game – not Eric Curry, who was the 1st round pass rusher selected at #6 overall – but it fell on deaf ears.

    But to recap… if you’re drafting a kid who is as sure of a thing as White, a guy expected to be an All-Pro, the QB of your defense, you take him. You don’t piddle around talking about reaching for a pass rusher who is a straight up lottery ticket – you have no idea what you’re getting but likely they’re going to bust.

  16. #1bucsfan Says:

    JOE MARK MY WORDS. D.White45 when he decides to hang up his cleats he might go down as the best pick the Bucs ever drafted. WHITE will be legendary

  17. orlbucfan Says:

    And just like Devin White, Joe Tryon will have LVD player-coaching him. Looking forward to listening to the game tonight.

  18. gp Says:

    You inadvertently left out JPP and Shaq.
    I agree, He couldn’t hope for a better stable of mentors!