24. CB Tre’Davious White, Buffalo Bills
Two years into his NFL career, Buffalo Bills’ cornerback Tre’Davious White has made quite the impression. He’s started all 32 games these past two seasons and over that span he’s accumulated a total of 123 tackles, 26 passes defensed and a combined eight takeaways (6 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries). The 27th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft really opened some eyes as a rookie, finishing with 69 stops, knocking down 18 passes, totaling four interceptions and recovering one of his two fumble recoveries for a touchdown.
White was also a starter for the franchise’s first postseason game since 1999 when he took the field at Jacksonville in the 2017 AFC Wild Card Playoffs. He and his teammates held the Jaguars to 10 points but Sean McDermott’s team still came up short.
But according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), the 24-year-old defender’s performance dipped quite a bit from his rookie year. However, it’s also interesting to note that no team in the league allowed fewer passing yards than the Bills this past season. MccDermott’s club finished second in total defense as well and was much better against the run?
White knocked down 10 fewer passes than he did in 2017. So was it a case of opponent’s avoiding the talented cornerback? It will be interesting to see how opposing offenses deal with the talented defender this fall.
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