Bruce Arians: Jordan Whitehead Will Play

September 15th, 2021

Safety Jordan Whitehead

Good news out of One Buc Palace.

The ferocious hitter in the Bucs’ secondary, safety Jordan Whitehead, is ready to play Sunday against the Falcons at The Licht House.

That was the word from Bucco Bruce Arians on WDAE yesterday.

“He’ll be up and ready to go. He’ll be back. He brings another force to the back end,” Arians said.

Whitehead missed opening day with a hamstring issue, and he did not play in preseason following offseason shoulder surgery.

It’s a contract year for Whitehead, and Joe almost fears for the Falcons players who absorb a direct hit Sunday.

26 Responses to “Bruce Arians: Jordan Whitehead Will Play”

  1. pewter941 Says:

    This is so big, maybe Edwards or Winfield can play the slot now.

  2. Steven007 Says:

    This is indeed good news. We need some intimidation in the secondary. Some pop. Should give Winfield more freedom to play the ball. And I’m sure Edwards will get plenty of snaps as well.

  3. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Good news, but wish he played Cornerback.
    Pass rush better be cooking, because scared DB play is not going to cut it.
    Any team is only as strong as their weakest link. And we all were reminded last game about that, when watching the Bucs secondary.

    Please stop the scared coverage, by conceding first downs simply because massive cushion by Cornerbacks.

    Time to exercise “the ghost of a Mike Smith Defense”

    No need to sugar coat anything.
    Either Bucs will change or they will have to win shootouts every week.

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  4. Robert Says:

    very good news. could be a nice hit for a fumble…but this guy makes plays that can change the game

  5. Buc4evr Says:

    Great news, wonder if they will also move Desir to the roster this week?

  6. Bucsfanman Says:

    Atlanta’s going to try and negate the front seven with quick throws and WR sets. Having Whitehead back definitely helps.

  7. Jerry Says:

    Atlanta will try to copy Dallas but won’t be as successful. They don’t have the receiver trio and don’t have the OL. Atlanta looked really bad against a rebuilding Philly team. Bucs are favored by 13. There is no reason this should be close.

  8. alaskabuc Says:

    Thank you football Jesus!

  9. mark2001 Says:

    Work him in nice and easy. We need Jordan “the terminator” during the Rams game.

  10. PassingThru Says:

    The return of Whitehead helps the depleted secondary. The Bucs can can provide safety help on Ridley and Pitts. Ryan will likely need time to find that third option, a luxury he may not have with a good pass rush.

  11. allbuccedup Says:

    Good news, also Desir a very good pick up 6 ints last 2 years.

  12. Wild Bill Says:

    Now we need corners who can play man.

  13. Irishmist Says:

    Fix him up with the BIG shoulder pads.

  14. Swampbuc Says:

    This is the best news of the season. Play the 3 safeties, let Antoine play nickel.

  15. Mike Says:

    Yes! This is exactly what the Bucs need right now!

  16. BRYAN KOHN Says:

    Fantastic News! Now about cornerback?

  17. Victor Vivenzio Says:

    They should restructure someone’s contract and trade for Stephen Gilmore

  18. adam from ny Says:

    what if he shores up the back end and they look like the gravediggers of the final 8 weeks of last year…

    he is often overlooked and considered average, unless they talk about how diesel he is…


  19. SOEbuc Says:

    No one’s trading anyone. The reason they brought this team back, especially defense, is because unless you’re putting up big money, no one is going to be able to come in here and learn Bowles scheme in five days. Whoever wants to talk about Richard Sherman is an idiot. Always been a problem in the locker room and off field BS.

  20. CJBuc Says:

    @ Jerry we were favored by 9 against the Cowboys. Vegas wont have decent accurate lines until week 4 or 5. Does not matter what we are favored by if we turn it over 4 times. Especially if any of those come in the redzone again. Ours or the other teams as it was both against Dallas

  21. PassingThru Says:

    @Victor Vivenzio


    1. There’s a chance that Gilmore will refuse to play without a new contract, and that contract would be a multi-year deal.

    2. Gilmore is presently injured; he hasn’t practiced or played since last season.

    3. Gilmore’s play declined noticeably last season.

    4. Gilmore is about to turn 31. The player he is most often compared to is Revis. Revis was finished at age 31. While that doesn’t mean Gilmore will be (or is) finished, that should give you an idea about how quickly CBs deteriorate in the league as they age.

  22. PassingThru Says:

    Richard Sherman shouldn’t be considered either. He was a damn good CB in his time, but that time has passed. While he was never a speedster, he made up for it with his smarts. After he tore his Achilles, he lost his quickness to the extent that technique and smarts could no longer cover for that loss. He can only play zone now, and needs some cushion.

  23. PassingThru Says:

    Defending Atlanta shouldn’t be as difficult as Dallas. Atlanta has only two quality receiving threats (Ridley, Pitts). With safety help and less cushioning, it’ll take Ryan time to hunt for a third option. If the pass rush is good (and it should be as Atlanta’s OLine is bad) Ryan won’t have the luxury of time on his side.

    The defense needs this morale booster. The real test is the Rams.

  24. Clw JB Says:

    Absolutely love the heat Whitehead brings – love our safety group – Edwards and Winfield are very good as well – thumpers and ballhawks in our S group

  25. Bucs Win Says:

    Love me some 31, my man brings hats to the party.

  26. Dano Says:

    The good news is that Falcons OLine isn’t good & Bucs pass rush will get home this game. I expect the Falcons to follow Cowboys quick perimeter throws gameplay.