I remember fans wanting to get rid of a certain Bucs player last season due to the fact his name wasn’t being mentioned enough. They kept saying it’s time to trade him, he’s not what he once was, he is just not an impact player anymore. Well I must be in the minority when I say that Bucs LB Lavonte David had a fantastic season last year for what he was being asked to do in 2016. I believe he will do even better in 2017 due to the fact that Bucs DC Mike Smith is going to allow him to play his game where he will be able to play more downhill. In other words, he is going to play more fast and make more plays behind the line of scrimmage. David finished last season with 87 tackles, 5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 1 int. Those numbers were achieved despite taking on blockers at times to open things up for Kwon Alexander, but that should change this season. David has a chance to make even more impact plays this season as he will be asked to blitz more off the edge and be allowed to make more plays behind the line of scrimmage.
— RealBucsTalk (@RealBucsTalk) August 18, 2017
Expect David to make more plays like this one during the 2017 season in which he can play closer to the line of scrimmage and use his speed to make plays in the backfield. David is still one of the better players in this league and him paired with Kwon Alexander should be in consideration for top linebacker duo in the league. It wouldn’t surprise me if Lavonte gets more than 5 sacks this year, and also makes more tackles for loss this season due to increase in aggressive play. Can’t wait to see Lavonte and the defense this Saturday against the Browns as they will play into the third quarter before they line it up for real September 10th vs Miami.