Bucs ILB Devin White – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Bucs inside linebacker Devin White used his blazing sideline-to-sideline speed to elude the local media on Wednesday during the open locker room session. When beat writers and TV reporters entered the Bucs locker room and approached White looking for an interview, the Pro Bowler said, “I’m good” and high-tailed it for the door.
We’ll see if White wants to talk to the media on Thursday during the open locker room session.
White was called out for a sub-par performance by Pewter Report following the 27-22 loss to Baltimore on Thursday Night Football, first by Josh Queipo on the PewterReportTV channel on YouTube and then in Scott Reynolds’ 2-Point Conversion post-game column where he suggested that White be benched in favor of backup Olakunle Fatukasi. The undrafted free agent rookie led the team in tackles in the preseason.
Reynolds also tweeted out that White one of the most overrated players in the NFL near the end of the game after White missed several tackles, couldn’t get off some blocks and had an obvious loaf in the second half. After the game White retweeted the comment and then blocked the Pewter Report Twitter account.
Bucs Legend Sapp Calls Out White On Instagram
Shortly thereafter, Bucs Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp called out White on Instagram for loafing on a play in the third quarter when the score was 10-10.
While narrating the clip, Sapp said: “How do you show up with your defense on Monday morning with this type of effort? I’d ask for the C off your chest. Are you shitting me? Are you kidding me right now?”
Sapp then posted another clip of White blowing his assignment that led to a big gain on an end around by Baltimore.
White finished the Ravens game with 10 tackles, but had a 44.2 Pro Football Focus grade from Thursday night. He also allowed a touchdown catch by running back Kenyon Drake out in the flat in the third quarter.
White is the lowest-graded starter on defense this year with a 36.8 overall grade from PFF and a 29.4 run defense grade. He also has a 51.7 coverage grade from PFF.