Buccaneers: Grades for week 9 loss to Saints
One of the brighter sides of the Buccaneer’s performance would be that of the play of Lavonte David.
David comes in to each game each and every week with an over abundance of heart and will to play his best game every week. David added to his force fumble numbers again this week with a strip fumble that allowed safety T.J. Ward to pick it up and run it for a few yards.
David led the league this year with force fumbles and has an unreal sense to know where to force his hand on the ball to make the ball carrier drop it.
Overall, this week wasn’t a strong showing for the line backing corp of the Bucs. They accounted for ten total tackles along with David’s force fumble.
Rookie line backer Kendell Beckwith has seemed to have hit his rookie wall. Missed tackling was an issue for Beckwith and Alexander this week.
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Understanding run gaps seemed to be a weakness for Alexander and Beckwith this week by allowing Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara to run for nearly 70 yards each with an average of nearly fiver yards a carry.
Short passing routes also haunted the line backers especially on third down.
Other than David, this group did not play to the potential they do every other week.
At one point at the end of the game, you can see David nearly in tears over the product that was left on the field from the Buccaneers.