I still remember fans talking about how the team should get rid of LB Lavonte David, saying he doesn’t do this doesn’t do that, and that he is overrated player. Well you won’t see the realbucstalk crew saying that as we thought Lavonte was one of the Bucs best players last season and he continued that play against the Bears this past Sunday. David was an absolute beast as he led the defense with 8 tackles, 1 tfl and 1 fumble recovery.
David was one of the bright spots during the 5 game winning streak the Bucs had during last season, and so far he has picked up where he left off. With David finally having some consistency with the scheme and coaching staff, have to believe that David will just keep getting better and continue to make big plays like this past Sunday. Just take a look at this play below as David makes a great tackle behind the line of scrimmage.
Beautiful read and quick reaction by David for the TFL. Also watch Spence with the Lightning quick swim to get inside. pic.twitter.com/PXdHtghsTO
— RealBucsTalk (@RealBucsTalk) September 19, 2017
This was great play recognition by David who immediately read that it was a run play and came right off the edge to get the tackle for loss. Also great job of communication by him to let Noah Spence know that he is coming off the edge by tapping him and Noah knew to go inside. This is probably the biggest key to the defense’s success in that they are on the same page and are communicating very well to help them play faster as a unit. As a captain, David has stepped up as a leader and is backing it up with his play as he is probably playing his best football in his career so far. Personally, I think we can expect this type of play from David each week going forward as it should be a big year for him in 2017. Defensive coordinator Mike Smith had this to say about David’s play per pewterreport.com from today’s press conference.
Smith said Lavonte David looks as healthy and as decisive as he’s seen him. Said the production isn’t a surprise. pic.twitter.com/yN0mSoPbQM
— PewterReport (@PewterReport) September 20, 2017