Bucs LB White Says He Must “Be More Disciplined”


It’s no secret that Bucs linebacker Devin White had a really up-and-down season this yr. After being tabbed as one of many prime off-ball linebackers within the league in an ESPN ballot of executives, White got here crashing right down to earth in 2021.

He nonetheless completed with a crew excessive 128 complete tackles, however missed a lot extra and was typically out of place. His sack numbers additionally took an enormous hit, dropping from 9 in 2020 to only 3.5 this yr. White attributes a part of his struggles to being overly aggressive and having an absence of self-discipline.

“I feel the most important factor for me is to be extra disciplined,” White stated. “Once I consider myself, I feel it’s a fantastic factor but it surely’s a hurtful factor. I’m overly aggressive as a result of I’ve the velocity to make up for performs. And I’ve obtained the IQ to make different performs. I feel they don’t go hand-in-hand generally. Generally, I can do some an excessive amount of.”

It’s a really mature reply from White, who at instances this season wasn’t accountable in entrance of the digital camera. Acknowledging weaknesses, particularly after a stellar season the yr earlier than, is one other step in his trajectory. White has already recognized a number of methods he’ll attempt to enhance his play within the coming season.

Bucs ILB Devin White – Picture by: Cliff Welch/PR

“I feel the primary factor is numerous movie research,” White stated. “Lots of zoning in on what I’ve to do and simply being just a little extra affected person. You take a look at it one yr, it really works. The issues that I used to be doing, it really works. You then take a look at it one other yr and it really works, however then it doesn’t work. After which it really works, however then it doesn’t work. So I feel it’s simply being just a little extra disciplined.”

After an offseason crammed with adulation from friends and NFL minds, with the ability to understand shortcomings and formulate a plan for enchancment reveals progress from the Bucs third-year professional. White nonetheless feels he has extra to show and can attempt to combine extra self-discipline into his recreation. However he’ll wish to do it with out sacrificing what he feels units him aside from others at his place.

“So far as soccer, I feel God gave me all of the instruments I must be a fantastic participant,” White stated. “All I’ve to do is maintain sharpening these instruments. However to be a good higher soccer participant, I’ve obtained to be extra disciplined. I do know I’ve obtained to be extra disciplined and that’s one thing that I’ll proceed to work on.  I’m not going to let that have an effect on my up-tempo fashion of enjoying, however I’ll do it the fitting approach. I’ll do much more movie research and ensure I do know when to set off, when to do that, when to take my shot within the run recreation. To do numerous various things.”

If White can play his fashion of soccer with extra self-discipline, there’s no telling how good he will be for the Bucs.

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