Buccaneers LB Devin White returns to practice for Tampa Bay
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been one of the biggest early season surprises. After dethroning the Los Angeles Rams on the road, Bruce Arians’ crew is looking to get their third win against the New Orleans Saints in Week 5.
Rookie first-round pick Devin White has a shot to return to the field against the Saints after missing three games with a knee injury, according to Luke Johnson.
Former #LSU star LB Devin White (knee) returned to Bucs practice today.
WR Chris Godwin (hip) and LB Shaquill Barrett (groin) did not practice.
— Luke Johnson (@ByLukeJohnson) October 2, 2019
The Tampa Bay defense has been less than spectacular. After allowing 32 and 40 points in two straight games, White would certainly be a welcome addition to the squad. Kevin Minter has filled in during White’s absence, and hasn’t been terrible, but he isn’t as physically gifted as the former LSU Tiger.
White’s sideline-to-sideline speed and coverage ability are irreplaceable. Both should help against dynamic Saints running back Alvin Kamara.
Unfortunately for the Bucs, White can’t play defensive back. Tampa Bay has allowed a ridiculous 853 yards passing in the last two weeks to go along with four touchdowns. The secondary is pretty much incapable of playing man coverage, and they aren’t much better in zone.
To make up for that, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles blitzes at a league-high rate. This strategy is high-risk, high-reward, as it leaves cornerbacks and safeties alone in coverage. But if the blitz does get there, whoever is playing offense has almost no shot of moving the football.
Saints coach Sean Payton is a sharp offensive mind, and he’s sure to find a solution to the blitzing Bucs defense. Expect a variety of screen passes to all positions, and a heavy dose of Alvin Kamara in the passing game.