Todd Bowles On Devin White: There’s More To Come

August 6th, 2021

Props from coach.

If you put a gun to Joe’s head and ask who are the best players sticking out in training camp, the two really would be no surprise.

Mike Evans may be having his best camp. He is out there dominating. Yesterday Joe saw Evans drop a ball in his breadbasket. That may have been the first bad play by Evans through 10 training camp practices.

The other guy beasting is linebacker Devin White. Again, the way White ended 2020, is that really a surprise?

At times White looks like a one-man wrecking crew. As dominant as White was in the postseason — it was like Derrick Brooks in his prime — Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles seemed to suggest yesterday White’s play was just a taste of what could be.

“He’s still capable of a lot more but it’s a luxury to have a guy that can play three downs and play everything well,” Bowles said. “As far as body position and understanding run schemes and everything else, he’s gotten a lot better at all those things, but he still needs to grow more.

“And he should because he’s only going into his third year. But it’s a luxury to have both of those guys that can do all those things and you don’t have to worry about bad matchups.”

Joe has run the numbers before. White played better than Ray Lewis.

If Bowles really does believe White can be a better player, he may really redefine the term “Gamewrecker.”

20 Responses to “Todd Bowles On Devin White: There’s More To Come”

  1. Tkras red Bozo lips Says:

    Devin White will give offense’s the night terrors all season long

  2. 407Bucsfan Says:

    And where are all the Bucs fans who hated this first round pick now? I’ll wait…….

  3. Bird Says:


    If you recall, a certain joe you know was pretty upset with bucs taking white #5 over an edge rusher

    With Claims that inside linebackers dont get taken that high

  4. SB~LV Says:

    Lux … I like it

  5. OH Buc Fan Says:

    To be fair 407 – at least one of the Joe’s wasn’t in love with the pick. Something about ILB value. Add to that Josh Allen was still on the board so one could see the argument.
    Who knew that JL was in the middle of three absolute home run first round picks. Who knows? Maybe we just saw a 4th home run this year.
    In BA and JL we trust.

  6. Bucsfanman Says:

    We are just scratching the surface with this defense, IMO. These guys are continuing to grow. I’d be a little worried facing this group this season.

  7. #1bucsfan Says:

    I’d say that picking Devin white at #5 was a steal. This guy should have gone 1st overall.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    “Grizzly Gamewrecker Gravedigger”

  9. Mike Says:

    Put an “S” on that mans chest! He’s a superhero!

  10. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Devin White is the best pass rusher in the NFL

    DW can average 20 sacks per year for the next decade

    But but DW is only 5’10”

    Kobe Faker’s insight and analysis will be proven right once again

    *Kobe Faker is 5’6″ 265lbs and look where he is now and who he has become”

    Kobe Faker

    Kobe Faker

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    #1bucsfan … #1 overall in 2019? Cards picked #1 and they chose Murray for a reason: they NEEDED a QB. The 49ers picked #2 and they chose Nick Bosa for a reason: they NEEDED a DE. An ILB simply didn’t fit their biggest NEED … at that time. Personally I’m thankful that Devin White slipped (?) all the way to 5th in the 2019 draft because the Bucs NEEDED a supremely talented ILB with excellent leadership potential to lead this defense in the future. I don’t think any team can go wrong when NEED meets TALENT AVAILABILITY.

    Folks too easily forget player development though. Devin White has grown tremendously in his first 2 years here (and obviously Todd Bowles believes that White hasn’t maxed out yet). I give a lot of credit though for Devin’s development thus far to his coaches AND fellow players. Todd Bowles has obviously had a tremendous influence on White’s improvement over these past 2 years. I suspect that LVD has also, as well as probably Derrick Brooks (White’s mentor?). When great talent gets put in a great situation, great things can happen.

  12. VA Tom Says:

    When does White become a FA?

  13. Gofortheface30 Says:

    All the people making these absurd HINDSIGHT comments have got to be the biggest losers I’ve ever seen. Exception to the norm does not reinforce argument, you did not, in any way, “show” Joe – you do not in most circumstances take a linebacker in today’s game over a top flight Defensive lineman, and if you say That you somehow knew Devin white was going to be the second coming of ray freaking Lewis then you are a liar. And you’re pathetic. These d-bag “I told you so” type comments are so dumb, it worked out for the best for everybody. Let it go, go get laid

  14. sasquatch Says:

    Joe didn’t want to draft him.

  15. Bird Says:


    Actually if you watched lsu you would have seen how special he was. This is a football site. Nothing wrong with giving someone a playful ribbing…the same guy who would still run thru a wall for johnny football (instead of mike evans that draft) And jameis 😂

    You are pointing the fingers at others as pathetic, lying dbags. 😂
    You sound pretty normal. Who needs to get laid?
    Hang inthere tough guy. Maybe get some meds from medicated pete too

  16. SlyPirate Says:

    Gofortheface30 … I distinctly remember comparing White to Lewis before the draft. A lot of us did and a lot of draft experts did, as well.

    We actually knew Licht wanted White because he has been building the defense specifically to replicate that Ravens’ defense. Look at their playmakers and look at his draft picks … Vea-Ngata, White-Lewis, Winfield-Reed, Tryon-Suggs.

    You’re the only one not paying attention. Ease up.

  17. Gofortheface30 Says:

    It isn’t playful ribbing, some of you have no life, some of you literally find it to be objectionable that Joe wanted a defensive lineman in the draft (gasp the horror.) Youre nothing more than an armchair quarterback, go start a blog or submit your resume to an NFL team to become a GM or something if you’re a “somebody.” And sly pirate – by you even trying to remind people by raising your hand in the back (while jumping and down like a clown) saying you compared white to Ray Lewis just proves my point. It’s lame and comparing ANYONE to Ray Lewis is wreckless and stupid, literally one in a million shot anyone even comes close to the most dominant MLB ever. White had one great playoffs (great season is arguable), and your eagerness and readniness to be all like; “see! He’s LIKE RAY LEWIS BRAHHH I WAS SOO RIGHT” -goofy as hell. Bringing up a draft from a few yrs ago, and being butt hurt to this day that people wanted a defensive lineman – goofy

  18. gotbbucs Says:

    White is still learning the position. Give him a couple more years learning under Bowles and he’ll be pretty hard to stop.

  19. Wild Bill Says:

    Rumor is gofer face is the spawn of Howard Cosell.

  20. Rod Munch Says:

    If you go by numbers, Broderick Thomas in his 3rd year had one of the best seasons ever by a Buc…

    1991: 174 tackles, 11 sacks, and 7 forced fumbles.

    Now that’s the PFR stats, but I think it’s wrong – I believe 174 was his solo tackle number and the combined was an insane 211. With that said, in 1991, the teams kept count of tackles and assists and tended to be a bit generous in how things got counted, as you’ll see with Hardy below…

    Other all-time Bucs great seasons by a LB… purely going on stats…

    Lavonte David: 2013, 145 tackles, 7 sacks, 5 INTs, 2 FF
    Devin White: 2020, 140 tackles, 9 sacks, 1 FF
    Hardy Nickerson: 1993, 214 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 FF

    FYI: Tackles started getting counted independently in 1994 – and only became an official stat in 2001. So anything from 1993 or before, you have to take those numbers for what they were, a bit inflated.

    Brooks obviously had the best season ever by a Bucs LB in 2002, but his impact doesn’t show up fully in the stat line…

    Brooks: 2002, 118 tackles, 1 sack, 5 INTs (3 TDs, 218 return yards)

    Brooks obviously played in a much different defense and wasn’t used as a rusher, but was elite in cover as we see by his numbers.