Buccaneers LB Devin White on Defense’s Performance in Week 1 vs New Orleans
The Buccaneers media availability today was for head coach Bruce Arians, WR Scotty Miller, LB Devin White and S Antoine Winfield Jr. today. Below is what Devin White had to say about how the defense performed against New Orleans:
“Overall, as far as a defense, I feel like we executed Coach [Todd] Bowles’ game plan. The only thing was I felt like we should’ve been able to get more sacks and a couple turnovers. That’s what we kind of pride ourselves on is getting takeaways, so if the offense comes out and struggles early, we kind of get them back in the game and get them going. I don’t think we did that well, but we ended up making up for it, playing hard and just being sound. I think that helped us out a lot. As far as the things I think our defense needs to continue doing – that’s just dominating and limiting the mental mistakes, like jumping offside or [getting] PI (pass interference penalty) [called] when we could’ve had a pick – just stuff like that. It was the first game and the first jitters. At the end of the day, I felt like we played well. But from the way we practiced today, I know we still know we’ve got more to prove.”
Devin White and Lavonte David were on a tear against the Saints. Both LBs recorded 11 tackles each. The defense as a whole held QB Drew Brees to 160 passing yards, RB Alvin Kamara to 16 yards on 12 rushing attempts, and WR Michael Thomas to 17 yards on three receptions. The Buccaneers defense came to play against one of the better teams in the league and it’s just the beginning. It’s only going to get better from here for White and the rest of the defense.
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