Devin White: I’ve Gotten Better

August 17th, 2022

Devin White watches the Bucs’ second-team defense today in Tennessee.

Joe caught up with Buccaneers savior linebacker Devin White after practice in Tennessee today to set the record straight on something and to get a status check on his summer.

The Tampa Bay defense wasn’t happy with its day against Tennessee (more on that later), but White had an interception in zone coverage against Ryan Tannehill and he feels he’s having an exceptional training camp overall.

“Oh, it’s been going great. I got better. I just got to stay consistent and show it when it counts,” White said.

As for White saying last week that he needs to play with less speed, Joe asked White to clarify for those who might think White is going to be thinking too much or taking away from his greatest strength.

In short, White said playing too fast and not smart enough had him missing too many plays. This year, he said, he’ll find the perfect balance.

“It’s using my strength when it’s time to use your strength, a lot of times you can overrun plays, just be too fast to the ball. You can over-run routes because you know it’s coming, but rather you prefer to slow down, relax, see the cue and then make the break on the ball, “White said. “… I gotta use the speed smarter. But when I’m blitzing I’m all out. Just when you get to the quarterback you got to tone it down because one step from him will make you miss. You know, all around, even in coverage, be more patient and trust my speed an ability to close.”

Joe sure hopes White can better harness his speed and combine it with the smarts and timing he’s seeking. White’s one of the few Pro Bowlers who can get a lot better; he’s that talented.

20 Responses to “Devin White: I’ve Gotten Better”

  1. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    He’s saying all the right things. Love this guy’s fire. Really hope he takes that step forward this season bc LVDs click is ticking.

  2. MadMax Says:

    The speed is why I wanted us to draft him (too high of a pick according to some here for a LB at #5)…but he’s right. You have to slow it down sometimes and let it come to you….thats what happens with speed.

  3. Goatfarmer Says:

    That is a good take by Devin. Fits what the eyes have seen. With his energy, trying too hard is a detriment.

    Now let’s see it against Dallas and then in the games that follow.

    Talk is still cheap. Supply >> Demand

  4. Robert Says:

    I don’t get all the hate on this guy. he has the fire in the belly. if anything, the other teams learned from our blitzes and it wasn’t as effective last year after they had him all geared up for that. He will adjust and be great.

  5. SB~LV Says:

    Another Jameis

  6. Goatfarmer Says:

    Yeah. Devin and Jameis are exactly alike.


  7. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    This is the same Devin White who wants a $100M contract? Curious to see if this happens.

  8. Pewter Warrior 813 Says:

    Don’t tell us Devin, show us

  9. MadMax Says:

    another jw? haha, theres your response you troll for the stupid comment of the day….ridiculous, but have at it…cant fix stupid

  10. Alvafan Says:

    Don’t back off too much on the pass rush Devin cause if you can get the QB off his spot he may run into another lineman’s arms or maybe even rush his delivery and throw it to another buc.

  11. Alvafan Says:

    Don’t back off too much on the pass rush Devin cause if you can get the QB off his spot.

  12. Alvafan Says:

    By the way DW is the anti JW in almost every way!

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    TBBF knows exactly what DW45 is talking about….too much speed…..slow down……I reached too quickly for my Balvenie and spilled it…….

  14. T REX Says:

    Monty python and the holy grail was my first reaction.

    Need him to play better.

  15. Goatfarmer Says:

    TBBF, that’s alcohol abuse.

  16. Buczilla Says:

    Man, if Devin can come close to playing how did during the 2020 playoffs on a consistent basis they might as well start making his bust for the HOF.

  17. D1 Says:

    Mad Max, “you can’t fix stupid!”

    You can, it just gonna hurt

  18. lambeau Says:

    Devin always thinks he got itt figured out, but it’s usually just talk.
    Maybe he needs one of those contract clauses mandating film study.

  19. Oddball Says:

    Yup, he’s more better than gooder this year.

  20. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    let others say you are better