With Bucs training camp quickly approaching the PewterReport.com staff asks – and answers – 15 critical camp questions that need to be addressed this August as Tampa Bay prepares to embark on the 2019 season. Over the next 15 days PewterReport.com will offer up its thoughts on the topics that the Bucs will need to sort out in order for the team to be successful this season and possibly compete for a long-awaited playoff berth.

These are the things that the PewterReport.com staff will be following closely in camp, and invite our readers to share their thoughts as well in the comment section.

Can Devin White start the season as the leader on defense?

Absolutely.

Devin White was drafted for his talent. When he left LSU after three years he had accumulated an SEC All-Freshman selection, first-team All-Conference and USA Today second-team All-American honors as a sophomore, Associated Press first-team All-American honors as a junior and the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker in 2018.

What solidified the pick for head coach Bruce Arians and Jason Licht, however, was his leadership ability which should be instantly evident as he will be tasked with filling the void left by Kwon Alexander at a crucial middle linebacker position and as an outspoken leader the defensive side of the ball and in the locker room.

Bucs LB Devin White
Bucs LB Devin White – Photo courtesy of LSU

A two-time captain over his three seasons at LSU, White’s confidence and ability to command a room was made immediately evident the moment he stepped into One Buccaneer Place for his introductory press conference. As SR put it in one of his Fab 5’s, White’s confidence and swagger draws you in like a moth to the flame when he speaks.

“Those are all people that I can take down and get them on the ground,” White said about the talented quarterbacks in the NFC south shortly after being drafted. “Cam Newton, the bigger you are the harder you fall. Matt Ryan, I don’t think he can outrun me. And Drew Brees, I definitely don’t think he can outrun me. He can get it out quick, but I can get in the passing lanes and I can hold his guys. I’m ready to accept the challenge. You know the bigger the challenge, the better I play. I told [the Bucs] last night: pressure either busts pipes or makes diamonds. For me it makes diamonds.”

If Lavonte David stays healthy he will likely remain the consistent stud that leads by example with his play on the field, White’s gravitas and leadership as a quarterback of the defense will be an important piece to the winning puzzle that Arians is trying to put together here in Tampa Bay.

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  1. He has Swagger. Now is time to show us it backed up with incredible playmaking. Go Bucs.

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  2. I read that Daisy Mae, Devin White’s favorite horse died. Big loss! I hope in some way he is inspired by this loss. Go Bucs!

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  3. David has been helping White learn the ropes here from the moment he arrived and Minter has been telling him the inner workings of the new attacking defense too so I expect him to hit the ground running and be the leader of the linebackers while Suh should lead the DTs and Edwards should be the leader of the Safeties. BA has leaders set on defense. He stresses to all his players it is their team so his team leaders will keep the winning culture going in the locker room and hold players accountable to the team!

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  4. Let’s hope so, because if that’s the case, win or lose, we are gonna see Maximum Effort and everyone leaving everything on the field. At the end of the day that’s all you can ask for.

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  5. I think people are underselling how good White is as a blitzer. Playing next to Lavonte and the Bucs have a 1-2 blitzing tandem that is going to rack up TFLs and sacks. I can’t stress how much that changes how offenses try to address this as it frees up the edges and gives Suh/Vea some 1 on 1s.

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  6. Although Kwon Alexander shined early on and earned a starting job, he was still only a 4th round draft pick, whose credibility had to grow on the team. White has the advantage of being a top 5 pick who should, and appears does, immediately have the respect of his teammates. I’m hoping he’s going to bring the swagger that’s been missing for so long.

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  7. If White didn’t start that would be crazy and very disappointing to say the least!

    Kwon had great attitude, but he wasn’t a great LB. he was a good LB. I’m glad they didn’t overpay him to stay on surgically repaired knee. He had lot games missed with injury. He also missed a lot of tackles. A good leader none the less and hope White fills that void he certainly is more talented than Kwon was.

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  8. Is it Leadership,RahRah or is he just poking the Bear? Hopefully for my Bucs it’s leadership but D White needs to come in and work and learn the subtleties of the game before going after some of the legends in the league. I wish he would pipe it down a little and learn from some of the veterans like Suh & Lavonte who know what it takes to earn respect in this League. Three of the best young players I have seen in the last 40 years Luke Keuchly, JJ Watt and Aaron Donald neither came into the league “Poking The Bear” they all had to learn the playbook and study their opponents to be successful in which earned them the respect amongst their peers. Lavonte David has been trying to get Cam Newton on the ground for 7 yrs now, so are better than LVD…

    Become the Leader for this team by producing on the field and not just a Hype Machine at a podium. Kwon Alaxander was a good player for us but he became more of Hype Man than a player for us and that’s why he was not resigned. My hope is that you become the player Kwon could never be. Go Bucs!!

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  9. Completely agree Captain Sly. I know it’s a slow news cycle before camp, but they hype around this guy is crazy.

    I’m also expecting Lavonte David to have a huge year in this new defense. Let’s not forget that he’s been one of the most productive But defenders and best defensive player for the team the last 7 years.

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  10. White will be day 1 starter and improve every game this year. He is ligimte starter NFL time will tell if he is a pro bowler.
    I have very little to say until after San Fran game pre season means nothing, we will need wait till season to see how the Bruce Arians plan works.

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  11. That was one of your less negative posts Bob. I’m shocked.

    For whatever reason when guys tear ACL or MCL the other one usually goes as well. (like LB Cichy). So Kwon will likely tear the other one. He wasn’t worth over 10 million even with good knees and I’m not knocking him he was a good player that played hard for us just way it is.

    On side note. My vet told me same with dogs. Our dog tore his right and we had fixed, and then tore other one like vet said likely would happen.

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  12. Gee Bob, that was a nice post.

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