Buccaneers: Most important player versus the Colts
By Rob Leeds
The Buccaneers will need a healthy Devin White to make the Colts game as winnable as possible.
The Colts game will prove to be a major test for the Buccaneers this weekend. Indy is hasn’t been a pushover since they recently discovered their identity behind the impressive performances of Jonathan Taylor, and the Bucs need to be ready.
This team is going to try to go straight at Tampa with the best offensive line and run game in football, even if that is what the Bucs have been the best at stopping in recent seasons.
Regardless, this game will boil down to the Bucs’ slowing down Indy in both facets of their offense. The secondary has put together some good games and some bad ones, but a huge cause of this inconsistency stems from injuries.
With the core unit mostly back, there will still be a curve as the unit tries to ramp up to full speed, but they should be able to put Carson Wentz under some pressure from the opening whistle.
On the other hand, the front seven has been very healthy for the majority of the season. This unit will be the main ones going up against Taylor and the run game, and no player is more important in this regard than Devin White.
White is a dominant run stopper, and the Bucs need him to be healthy to suit up on Sunday to go head to head with Taylor. This game could easily prove to be a 20-tackle affair for White if he is on his game, and the Colts will likely try to run the ball enough to put this number within reach.
White has the talent and the athleticism to go head to head with Taylor, but it will need to be one of the best games of his career if the Bucs hope to win. Taylor is emerging as the clear second-best running back in the NFL, and a game like this would do plenty to prove that White is one of the best backers in the NFL, even if his stats haven’t popped as much as last season.
Let’s just hope that Devin White is on the field and healthy for the Buccaneers on Sunday. If so, Tampa will have a much better chance on containing one of the hottest players in football.
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