The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have secured themselves another year of big hits following news surrounding Devin White.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that they have picked up the 5th-year option for White, keeping him under contract through the entirety of the 2023 season, having drafted him 5th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Bucs have certainly been busy this offseason when it comes to personnel, having to deal with Tom Brady retiring then unretiring and a change in head coach with Todd Bowles replacing Bruce Arians as head coach.
And that’s before the multitude of other signings in free agency that they have made, bringing back the likes of Shaq Mason, Leonard Fournette and Chris Godwin. Well now you can add one more name to that list.
A dominant force on defence
Whilst the Buccaneers have been steered by Tom Brady at quarterback over the past two seasons, it can be argued that they wouldn’t be where they are today without their incredible defence, of which White has been a crucial part.
Having racked up over 400 tackles across the regular and postseason, including 43 quarterback hits and 32 tackles for loss, he’s a player that needs to be accounted for on every play.
And that’s before you get to the likes of Shaq Barrett, Vita Vea and Lavonte David.
Plenty more of these moments to come?
And what happens when you don’t account for him on plays? Well, you can ask Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who can tell you exactly what it feels like when he’s allowed to run free in this clip form 2020.
With the Raiders facing a pretty critical 4th down situation and with the game more or less on the line, Carr rolled out to his right and tried to run for the first down, but White soon put a stop to that, putting in a thunderous hit to push him out of bounds:
Devin White just crushed Derek Carr on 4th-and-1. Sheesh. pic.twitter.com/0Ds1UZDd1m— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) October 25, 2020
A hit that generated a number of interesting responses:
The Buccaneers are currently without a number of their defensive stars from years gone by with the likes of Richard Sherman, Ndamukong Suh and Jason Pierre-Paul just a few that are currently free agents.
So it might be up to White to fill their shoes going forward, but if he can put out more hits like this, then he’ll certainly be going a long way to doing that.