There are certain positions within football that teams seem to struggle at. It could be the main position at QB, possibly in the trenches on either side of the ball or in the secondary on defense. The Bills secondary was their strongest link last season and part of their success came from Tre’Davious White.
Drafted 27th overall in 2017, White put his name in the conversation as not just one of best players on the Bills, but possibly as one of the best in the entire league. For a majority of the season, both him and Marshon Lattimore arguably competed as the best defensive rookies of the year. Lattimore when on to win that award, but White can still be argued as the better player.
White put up 69 tackles, one forced fumble and four interceptions with one of them being a game-sealing interception against the Kansas City Chiefs. Apart of a brand new secondary with Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer and ex-Bills defender E.J. Gaines, White was major contributor for the Bills last season. He’ll join Hyde and Poyer again as well as have the presence of Vontae Davis.
While the Bills run defense seemed to improve over the offseason period, the Bills secondary seems to still have the upper edge and carry the Bills defense, atleast until the season starts. Buffalo’s secondary will face some elite competition including Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins. I’m not saying that all of them are top quarterbacks, expect Rodgers and Brady, but all four of them are apart of pass happy offenses’.
The Patriots, Lions and Packers do not have a steady running game and Cousins wasn’t signed to the first ever guaranteed contract in NFL history to hand the ball of to Dalvin Cook. The Bills secondary has some tough competitors on their hands and this is where White will either shine once again or hit the ‘sophomore slump.’
Going into his second season, White has a year of experience and still has a high ceiling to develop into a lockdown defender for the Bills.
Season Projections: 55 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 6 Interceptions, 1 touchdown.
Brandon Ray is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the NFL and the Buffalo Bills. Follow him on Twitter at @brandon_ray79 and @FPC_Bills for Bills coverage.