Dec 25, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Jameis Winston (2) before their game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White had a pretty brutal take on his former teammate Jameis Winston following Sunday’s win.
The Buccaneers beat the Saints 20-10 Sunday thanks in large part to second half struggles on the part of Winston. The New Orleans Saints quarterback threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter, including a pick-six to Tampa Bay safety Mike Edwards that effectively killed off the game.
White was a rookie linebacker for the Buccaneers in 2019, which was Winston’s final season with the team. The linebacker clearly has not forgotten about playing with Winston, and delivered a brutal postgame assessment of the quarterback.
“When Jameis left our team, everybody knows what he did that last year. We feel like we had a great defense then, and he threw 30 picks, and we just knew he would give us the ball,” White said.
Ouch. White even got the number correct — Winston did throw 30 interceptions during the 2019 season. That offseason, the Buccaneers replaced him with Tom Brady, and went on to win the Super Bowl. White is pretty much saying that the Buccaneers were almost expecting Winston to throw some interceptions, and the plan was to take advantage of that.
This is a pretty strong indictment of a former teammate, but it’s tough to argue with anything White said. Even so, this probably will not do anything to de-escalate what has become a rather heated rivalry in recent years.
Devin White was critical of the Kansas City Chiefs following the Super Bowl, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker has found another way to take a shot at them more than a month after the big game.
The Chiefs made a somewhat surprising decision on Thursday to release starting offensive linemen Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz. Both players missed the Super Bowl, and Kansas City’s offense was dominated by the Bucs in that game. White alluded to that when he reacted to Fisher and Schwartz being cut with a somewhat cryptic tweet.
In all likelihood, White was alluding to the fact that many people said the Chiefs would have fared better in the Super Bowl if Fisher and Schwartz weren’t out with injuries. White is probably saying that the two linemen can’t be as important to Kansas City as they were made out to be if the Chiefs are letting them go.
Fisher, a former No. 1 overall pick, made the Pro Bowl this season and in 2018. Schwartz started every game for the Chiefs for four-plus years before going down with an injury last season.
After the Bucs dominated the Chiefs in the Super Bowl, White said Kansas City shouldn’t use not having their top two tackles as an excuse. He called the Chiefs “cocky” and made some other critical remarks, which you can read here.
Devin White is stoked to have his teammate, Lavonte David, back next season.
David on Tuesday re-signed with Tampa Bay on a 2-year deal worth $25 million, with $20 million guaranteed. That was big news to White, who along with David forms one of the best linebacker tandems in the NFL.
White responded to the news on Twitter by calling themselves the “greatest duo.”
The Bucs have been concerned about losing some of their top players in free agency. They reportedly had to get creative in order to retain David.
According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine, David’s contract has three voidable years in it so they could spread out his cap number.
David, 31, has been with Tampa Bay his entire career. He had 117 tackles, an interception and three forced fumbles last season. This is unfortunate for one other playoff team that wanted to sign him, but great news for White and the Bucs.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers dominated the Kansas City Chiefs at the line of scrimmage, which is a big reason why they won the Super Bowl 31-9. Bucs linebacker Devin White was all over the field and led his defense with 12 tackles and one pass defensed. His defense was able to dominate Kansas City’s line in large part because KC didn’t make enough adjustments to help their protection as they dealt with injuries.
White thinks the Chiefs’ cockiness had a role in that decision.
White was a guest on FS1’s “Undisputed” and talked about his defense beating the Chiefs’ offensive line.
“We knew that they were going to be a cocky team, which they have every right to be. They had the No. 1 offense in the entire National Football League. But we knew they couldn’t block us. We knew that our front four was going to dominate them. They did us a favor. They played right into our hands,” White said.
White also said that Kansas City shouldn’t complain about not having their tackles. He says if they felt disadvantaged, they should have helped out their tackles, which they didn’t. The result was they paid the price.
White has never been shy about sharing his opinion, as we saw during NFL Draft time. His assessment of how the Chiefs handled their offensive line in the Super Bowl is correct, and a big reason why Tampa Bay was able to dominate.
The Bucs really knocked it out of the park when picking White No. 5 overall in 2019. He’s fantastic.
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Devin White gave Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans an encouraging sign on Friday despite his positive test for COVID-19.
White was among three Bucs defensive players placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday. White reportedly tested positive for the virus, while Shaq Barrett is on there as a close contact.
White responded to frustrated fans by sending a tweet that he since deleted. In the tweet, White said he felt fine. He also defended himself to those blaming him for catching the virus.
The No. 5 overall pick in 2019, White has been a monster for the Bucs. He has 140 tackles, 9.0 sacks and 15 tackles for a loss this season.
Though White will not play in Week 17, he is hoping to return for the playoffs.
Nearly a year later, Devin White still has not forgotten about being snubbed by the Raiders during the NFL Draft.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker shaded the now-Las Vegas Raiders in a tweet on Wednesday, saying that they should have taken him with the No. 4 overall pick in last year’s draft. Here is the tweet, which he has since deleted:
The 22-year-old White, the reigning Butkus Award winner coming out of LSU, went to the Bucs at No. 5 instead. He responded by earning PFWA All-Rookie honors in 2019, recording 91 combined tackles, 2.5 sacks, and an interception in 13 games.
The Raiders, meanwhile, used their pick on defensive end Clelin Ferrell, but when you read some of the praise that White has gotten since then, he may be giving them buyer’s remorse. The Bucs are also scheduled to play the Raiders in Las Vegas next season in the “date” that White hinted at in his post.
There is not a single draft pick who doesn’t face enormous pressure as a rookie, but there’s no denying that some are more scrutinized than others. Much of the time, those under the most strenuous pressure are first- and second-round picks, but even that doesn’t narrow down the list completely.
Some rookies enter the league with expectations of becoming a superstar, while others are tasked with altering the trajectory of an organization entirely. And following the 2019 NFL Draft, there were more than a handful of those.
Here is a look at 10 rookies facing the most pressure in 2019.
10. Jachai Polite, EDGE, New York Jets
Polite had high expectations after declaring for the 2019 NFL Draft, but an ugly performance at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis led to a fall to the third round where he was snagged by the Jets. That led to questions about his work ethic and Polite hasn’t been quick to course-correct in camp. Thus far, he’s struggled to pick up the playbook and has taken third-team reps primarily, but head coach Adam Gase remains hopeful that Polite is just a gamer. And he had better be. If Polite struggles this preseason, he could quickly find himself on the free agent market.
9. Mack Wilson, LB, Cleveland Browns
At one point in time, Wilson was considered the third-best linebacker prospect behind Devin Bush and Devin White, but concerns about his ability to play through contact and shed blocks hurt his draft stock, leading to a fifth-round slip. That’s quite a fall for a player who was once so highly thought of, and it also means Wilson will be forced to shoulder additional pressure — he needs to prove his critics wrong. So far, Wilson has performed well in camp and there appear to be no complaints, but he’ll need to keep that up this preseason and later on in the regular season if he wants to shed labels and find himself firmly planted in Cleveland’s 4-2-5 base defense.
8. Devin Bush, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
If you keep up with football through the national news, Bush appearing on this list will likely be chalked up to his status as a first-round pick and nothing more. And while that alone carries a tremendous amount of pressure, there’s a lot more boiling under the surface in Pittsburgh. Not only did the Steelers spend their first-round pick on Bush, they also spent a second-round pick and a 2020 third-round pick to move up 10 spots to draft him. Head coach Mike Tomlin has doubled down on that pressure, making is abundantly clear that Bush wasn’t selected to sit on the bench and learn or even to adjust on the fly — he was brought in to start and to dominate immediately.
7. Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants
Any rookie quarterback in New York is immediately thrust into a situation where they face more pressure than they’ve experienced at any other point in their professional life, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg for Jones. Not only has he been pegged as the franchise quarterback of the future, he’ll be replacing two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning under intense scrutiny and doubt after being selected sixth overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. The only reason Jones isn’t higher on this list is because he won’t have an opportunity to battle that pressure until mid-way through the season if at all. Odds are, his chance won’t come until 2020.
6. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks
Metcalf put on a show at the 2019 NFL Combine in Indianapolis, measuring 6-foot-3 and 229 pounds to go along with a blazing 4.33 in the 40-yard dash. But despite Metcalf’s remarkably impressive athleticism, the wide receiver fell to Day 2 because of concerns regarding his route-running and inconsistent hands, not to mention his less-than-stellar numbers at Ole Miss. With the Seahawks, Metcalf is expected to come in and play a major role offensively, but he’ll need to fix the issues that led to his draft fall and he’ll need to do it quickly. Unlike many on this list, Metcalf faces the pressure of a quick transition — the Seahawks need him at top form early in the season.
5. Greg Little, OT, Carolina Panthers
It’s a critical year in Carolina as new-ish owner David Tepper works to determine who he wants in place moving forward. Needless to say, it will be up to head coach Ron Rivera to stop the “every other year” success that has plagued the organization since their inception, and he’ll attempt to do that on the back of quarterback Cam Newton. But as the saying goes, expectations trickle downhill, and as a result, they will subsequently fall on the shoulders of second-round pick Greg Little. Fair or unfair, the offensive tackle will be considered a key piece along the team’s offensive line. He will be heavily factored in when it comes to Newton’s success and the team’s overall success. Good luck, rookie.
4. Devin White, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Buccaneers haven’t exactly been lacking offensively in recent years, and with Bruce Arians taking over in 2019, scoring is likely to become the least of their concerns. The same optimism has not been shared on defense however, as a lack of star power and leadership has plagued Tampa Bay. In the 2019 NFL Draft, the team used six of their eight picks on defenders, including a first-round pick spent on Devin White. As a rookie first rounder, White is not only expected to come in a play a major role, but to step into a leadership role. He is now the team’s focal point defensively and will be expected to play like a veteran on the field and lead like one off the field.
3. Clelin Ferrell, DE, Oakland Raiders
First-round picks are automatically under tremendous amount of pressure. However, when it comes to Clelin Ferrell, that’s compounded because the Raiders took him so much earlier (No. 4) than anyone expected him to go. Mind you, that’s not Ferrell’s fault, but the business side of the NFL will dictate the level of pressure based on draft position, so Ferrell is going to have to get after it in 2019. He’s also going to have to out-perform Montez Sweat, Josh Allen and Brian Burns — all of whom were widely considered more talented players entering the draft — while trying to replace the void left by a Khalil Mack, whom Oakland traded to the Chicago Bears last September.
2. Nick Bosa, DE, San Francisco 49ers
As the second overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, it’s easy to pinpoint Bosa as one of the league’s rookies facing the most pressure this season — Captain Obvious agrees. However, more than just being faced with the pressure to help lead the 49ers’ defense and improve their pass rush, Bosa will be forced to win over the entire city of San Francisco. Due to his history of questionable tweets, the people of San Francisco entered a little dismayed with their newest superstar rookie. Needless to say, Bosa will not only have to perform well on the field, but also to avoid any potential controversy or isolation off of it.
1. Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona Cardinals
Under normal circumstances, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft enters the league with enormous expectations and the pressure of being a franchise player. But for Kyler Murray, these aren’t normal circumstances. On top of going No. 1, he has the added pressure of knowing that his presence led to the trade of quarterback Josh Rosen, on whom the team spent first-round pick a year earlier. Needless to say, no rookie in this draft class or in recent draft classes has faced more of an uphill battle than Murray does. He has to immediately step in and shine, out-perform Rosen along the way, and prove the Cardinals correct in their gamble.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers clearly feel that they have a star on their hands in linebacker Devin White.
The former LSU standout has already taken control of the Bucs’ defense, according to coach Bruce Arians, after a mere week of workouts.
This is what Tampa Bay thought it would be getting after selecting White with the fifth overall pick. White dominated the Combine, running a 4.42, and has the leadership skills to go with it. We already knew that he was pretty bold in his choice of celebrations, but Arians, who has been around for a while, definitely sees something very special in him, and it’s easy to understand why.
Over a century ago, Sir Francis Galton observed that over 700 participants guessing the weight of an ox at a county fair in England were near perfect in getting the exact weight when the group was averaged. More recently, James Surowiecki wrote a book on the concept of “Wisdom of the Crowds,” the idea that large groups of people are collectively smarter than an individual expert.
If you want a recent sports example that the concept works, look at individual predictions for the 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket. The Bracket Project tracked the individual predictions of 195 entries. If you took the average across all those entries, you would have been more accurate than all but six of the individual ones. That’s right, taking the collective wisdom outperformed all but 3 percent of the individual expert opinions.
I am bringing that same philosophy to this mock draft. I have reviewed 18 different mock drafts from national sites and experts (the full list and links to those mocks are at the end of this post). This mock draft presents that collective wisdom, by looking at both where players were being drafted on average, and what positions the experts were predicting teams would focus on.
One thing that can hurt a wisdom of the crowds exercise is if there is too much groupthink. However, in this case, there is plenty of variation and individual opinions. Sixty-four different players appeared in at least one of the mock drafts reviewed. So what is the consensus on how the first round will go? Let’s take a look at our mock draft.
1. Arizona Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Will Arizona really move on from Josh Rosen after one season? Right now, the consensus guess seems to be that Kyler Murray will in fact be the choice, and he will follow in Baker Mayfield’s footsteps in becoming the first overall pick at quarterback out of Lincoln Riley’s offense. Arizona has no incentive to show their Cards yet (pun intended) since they can influence trade offers both for the first pick and for Rosen by remaining publicly non-committal.
Most impressions about NFL Draft prospects are formed or finalized at the NFL Combine, which seems to be enough to send draft stock either rising or sinking for the remainder of the pre-draft season. Still, some players are finding out that it’s not too late to change their trajectory, with Pro Days still very much a factor.
In light of those, and a month removed from the Combine, we’re getting a much clearer idea of whose stock is really on the rise. Here are ten of the hottest prospects in the NFL Draft who have done themselves plenty of favors with their pre-draft workouts and interviews.
Devin White, LB, LSU
White made headlines at the Combine with a 4.42 40 time, and he understandably opted against running it again at LSU’s Pro Day. He hardly needed to, as he looked to be his usual tidy self during positional workouts. While questions linger about his lack of pass rushing, he’s a tremendous athlete who looks like he could be working his way into the top ten of draft boards. That’s in no small part because of his successful series of workouts.