New Bucs linebacker Devin White comes across as confident, but not cocky, when he talks about his game and what he’s going to bring to Tampa Bay’s defense, which has struggled more than the final quite a few seasons as the group has had back-to-back five-11 seasons.
But White’s self-confidence reached new heights about facing the challenges that lie ahead in the NFC South facing upper echelon quarterbacks like New Orleans’ Drew Brees, Atlanta’s Matt Ryan and Carolina’s Cam Newton.
“Those are all men and women that I can take down and get them on the ground,” White mentioned. “Cam Newton, the larger you are the tougher you fall. Matt Ryan, I do not feel he can outrun me. And Drew Brees, I unquestionably do not feel he can outrun me. He can get it out fast, but I can get in the passing lanes and I can hold his guys. I’m prepared to accept the challenge. You know the larger the challenge, the improved I play. I told [the Bucs] final evening: stress either busts pipes or tends to make diamonds. For me it tends to make diamonds.”
White believes he can be the catalyst for turning Tampa Bay’s defense about.
“At the get started of the season everyone is going to be – and week in and week out we have the chance to go out there and win a game,” White mentioned. “As far as me, I’m going to give it my all, and hopefully they fight for me as nicely as I’m fighting for them. If we have 11 guys on the exact same web page on that defense, we can be unstoppable. I do not know a great deal about the offense. I know Jameis is a good player. I know they have Mike Evans and I seriously know they have O.J. Howard due to the fact I played against him in college. That guy is a freak. Man, he’s a freak.
“I know they are going to do good factors, but I know defense wins championships. If we can get the ball to them we can produce a bunch of possibilities for them. Like I mentioned, that word chance is generally going to be about me. Jameis is going to have an chance to make plays and get factors going. I’m prepared to get him back the ball as a great deal as doable.”
White mentioned that when he’s not on the field wreaking havoc on defense he’s functioning the sidelines as the greatest cheerleader for his teammates and letting his leadership shine.
“I’ll take you back to my LSU days,” White mentioned. “When they get in touch with timeout for the offense, I’m in the huddle, saying, ‘Let’s go guys! We’ve got it! We’ve got it!’ When I’m standing down there acquiring prepared to run down there on punt and these guys come off, ‘I’m about to get you the ball back, Joe [Burrow]. I’m about to get you the ball.’ I generally have that power. In that UCF game we lost 10 starters – All-Americans and all the things – and we identified a way. I kept their power up. I kept the power and told them we had been going to get the ball back.
“Joe got picked, he got smashed in the mouth and then he had a choose-six. Guess who was the initially a single to run up to him, rub him on the head and I mentioned, ‘I’m going to get you the ball back.’ I didn’t know I was going to get him a strip-fumble, but I did that. It is like you speak it into existence and you have that power. That is what I bring to the Bucs. I’m not attempting to be larger than what I am. I’m just attempting to be me and match in on this group due to the fact at the finish of the day I have to be the ultimate group player.”
LSU went on to finish UCF’s 25-game consecutive winning streak with a 40-32 triumph in the Fiesta Bowl on January 1 with White major the way and coming up massive in the fourth quarter with the game on the line. Playing really hard at the finish of games is one thing White requires a good deal of pride in.
“That’s exactly where my new stud’s name comes from – his name is Overdrive,” White mentioned of his new horse. “In the fourth quarter – I train so really hard and I train for the moment. I generally keep prepared for the moment, so in the fourth quarter I seriously kick it into overdrive. I get started going lights out. At the finish of the day, everyone else is tired due to the fact it is been a lengthy fight. I played in the SEC and this is the NFL, so this it is 10 instances tougher. But at the finish of the day I want to be the a single that is nonetheless going with a higher motor.
“That’s what is going to separate me from a lot of players. That is a single point exactly where I can separate myself due to the fact I’m going to be in shape and I’m nonetheless going to be producing plays when the fourth quarter comes due to the fact there ain’t no providing up. That is exactly where the game can be won – in the fourth quarter.”
White will get an early likelihood to take on Newton in Carolina on Thursday Evening Football in Week two. And if the game comes down to the fourth quarter count on White to be prepared.
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