Devin White Mastering “Cheat” Codes

August 4th, 2023

Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles was glowing today talking about his best defensive player.

That’s right. Ask Bowles who his best defensive player is week in and week out and he’ll tell you that answer changes with every game. However, Bowles also will say that whomever is the best on a given Sunday, linebacker Devin White is at worst the second best.

White is the engine of the Tampa Bay defense, per Bowles, who noted that White’s role is highly complex, similar to the many responsibilities of the nickel cornerback position.

So what kind of training camp is White having? Bowels didn’t hesitate.

“Devin’s done great. He’s been outstanding,” Bowles said this morning. “He’s really taking understanding of the defense, and it’s his defense to run. And he knows when he can cheat plays and when he can’t cheat plays. That shows the growth he’s showed over the past year.”

It sounds like the offseason dedication White told Joe about is showing up.

22 Responses to “Devin White Mastering “Cheat” Codes”

  1. J Says:

    I can’t remember hearing Whites name once in any of your notes, Joe. Is Bowles simply kissing his arse to keep hom happy? You’d think we’d hear he’s making splash plays here and there, but sounds to me like the rookies are doing all the real work.

  2. J Says:

    He’s been outstanding at what? I’ve not heard you mention his name yet. Sounds like the rookies are having a better camp, and Bowles is simply kissing Whites arse to keep him engaged.

  3. Hodad Says:

    Sir Dennis 4 picks since OTA’s, White no picks the last two seasons!!

  4. Dewey Selmon Says:

    We saw him cheat play vs Baltimore last year. I really think #45 is becoming my least favorite Buccaneer.

  5. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    What does he mean by “cheat plays”? I’m assuming it means leave his play-called responsibility and running directly to the ball or player.

  6. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    White is running the defense now. He’s the man in charge. If the defense does great, he’ll be the main reason.

  7. Richard Says:

    Joe, Joe, Joe….Devin White as our best defensive player? You must be high on more than craft beer!!! He’s NOT a great player…barely average at best….watch the films of the past 2 seasons, please. He’s been way more bad than good and by a long stretch!! Everyone is seeing his elite athleticism….not his football instincts or his ineptness is too many areas to be called a great player….C’mon man!!!

  8. Pickgrin Says:

    eye roll….

    Diva is not even the best LB on this team…

    LD54 is playing for $4.5M this year….

    White is making almost 3X that amount – yet demanded a trade in the offseason because he wants to be paid $20M NOW – like he’s Ray Lewis or something…

  9. Jeebs the Honey Bear Says:

    I’m calling Bullspit! Trade this overrated chump and plug in the rookie Dennis.

  10. Leighroy Says:

    The talk really has become cheap with Devin White. I will welcome the walk over the talk this year, if and when it happens.

  11. Erik Hesson - Fine Artist - Founder of Says:

    D White is not our best defensive player.

    LVD is better than D White.

    Shaq Barrett is better than D White.

    Vita Vea is better than D White.

    Antoine Winfield is better than D White.

    D White is currently our 5th best defensive player -AT BEST-.

  12. TF Says:

    I assume cheat plays is referring to him playing undisciplined, woefully trying to anticipate a snap count, being irresponsible and leaving his responsibility in coverage, jump offsides which extended drives, missed tackles because he was ran himself out of a good tackling position by trying to “cheat the play”. While he may be miles ahead in total athleticism than most NFL players, I would rather see him show All Pro football acumen.

  13. Fred McNeil Says:

    Maybe Bowles is talking him up to trade him?

  14. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Agree with the other commentors. I call BS! Let’s see if he is the same Devin White except the 2020 playoffs/Super Bowl or if he has in fact pulled his head out of his ARSE!

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    Fred … ‘Maybe Bowles is talking him up to trade him?’

    I doubt that Fred. Bowles’ defense is VERY complex from all accounts, and putting the 5th Rnd rookie Dennis in the middle to run it instead of the 1st Rnd veteran White isn’t something Bowles is likely to opt for.

    I haven’t seen any info on what LB positions Dennis has been playing thus far. Is he training for White’s MLB position? Or is he playing on the fringes right now & getting those INTs outside? I personally don’t expect any MLB to get a whole bunch of INTs. Ray Lewis probably had the most INTs of any MLB … 31 INTs in 17 years.

    I won’t be surprised to see us re-sign White at the end of the season (I think he’ll have a good year), but not for $20 mil a year. Too much for our budget (probably too high for most other teams’ budgets also).

  16. 813bucboi Says:

    I agree with @jeebs

    trade DW for a 2nd & 5th round pick…..we’re not a DW/MLB away from winning the SB….chicago got something good imo for roquan smith….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  17. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    He wants to get paid. He will play his heart out this year. Get a massive contract then go back to what we saw last year.

  18. SlyPirate Says:

    “J Says: Bowles is simply kissing Whites arse to keep him engaged.”

    FR. Managing the prima donna. I suspect they are going to pad his stats and trade him before the deadline.

  19. Mike Says:

    It sounds like he’s making good plays and reads per the coach, which is exciting, because that’s a big part of his job and should put the defense in a good position to win.

  20. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Buccaneer Bonzai Says:
    August 4th, 2023 at 12:09 pm
    White is running the defense now. He’s the man in charge. If the defense does great, he’ll be the main reason.

    And you said Trask would suck too.

  21. DoooshLaRue Says:


    I thought you disappeared along with Ol’ Flatbrim 3rd & 9.

    Welcome back?

  22. garro Says:

    Doing great huh.

    Does Bowles even realize that when he lies like that it undermines any real credibility he may have? Not to mention it makes him look like a fool in the eyes of fans who really do know a bit about how the game should be played.

    Bowles is already scheming for his next Diva White excuse by reminding us how complex ILB is. I call BS on that big time.