We’ve talked quite a bit these days about how the Bucs have many gamers of their secondary who’re in contract years. What will likely be an enormous subject of dialogue a yr from now could be star linebacker Devin White coming into the final season of his deal.
PewterReport.com initially reported the information that the Bucs had been choosing up White’s fifth-year possibility. The formal announcement happened two weeks in the past. With the choice picked up, the 2019 No. 5 total choose is now underneath contract for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
White made his first Professional Bowl a season in the past, however that doesn’t inform the entire story of his play. It felt extra like a down yr for White, who recorded 128 tackles, eight tackles for loss and three.5 sacks in 17 video games. That’s a lot decrease than his 2020 season totals of 140 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 9 sacks and two compelled fumbles in 15 contests.
The true concern was that White relied too closely on attempting to make the splash play. It could get him out of place when he was too aggressive, and on a number of events, he would crash into his personal participant. Different instances he was gradual to return off blocks, particularly later within the season.
As Bucs followers hope that he can enhance this yr, White could have a brand new coach in his ear. Former linebackers coach Mike Caldwell took the defensive coordinator job in Jacksonville, so Larry Foote strikes from outdoors linebackers coach to co-defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach, the place he naturally performed within the NFL.
Earlier this week, Foote gave his evaluation on White heading into the season.
“Nicely, it’s the NBA playoffs. Generally in basketball, you hear, ‘Let the sport come to you,’” Foote mentioned. “Taking part in linebacker, typically you wish to make extra performs and that may get you in bother typically. He’s simply received to settle down. I at all times remind him, ‘You’ve received the products.’ He’s not a gradual linebacker like I used to be. He’s going to make his performs, he’s simply received to belief the protection. Generally, you might need a quiet sport – it could be a few video games. You’ve received to stay to the method. He’s going to make his performs. You simply keep wholesome and play 17 video games – you’re going to make a ton of performs.”
One factor that we’ve discovered about Foote as a coach through the years is that he’s fairly blunt with each the media and his gamers. In terms of motivation, Foote may give White a singular perspective on the sport that not everybody has. He’s serious about the long-term way forward for White’s NFL profession.
“I may give him a coach standpoint and I may give him an ex-player standpoint,” Foote mentioned. “So far as – the contract is arising. No matter you bought to do to encourage him, however I threw that in his ear a bit bit. You see the wage cap and stuff like that and what linebackers are getting, so I throw that in his ear a bit bit. You wish to hold getting higher and he’s a man that desires to go down and be nice and needs to get a gold jacket someday – the bodily traits are there, so he’s received to do it upstairs.”
Watch all of Foote’s feedback about White right here: