The Buffalo Bills are 3-2, but some fans may be overlooking the impact that rookie, Tre’Davious White is having on the team.
Teams in the NFL spend years looking for that guy on defense that can change the culture, and elevate the performance of their team.
In basketball one player can come in and get a team to the playoffs. In baseball, having that one stud pitcher can help get a team to the next level. Football is such a team sport that it is hard for a single player to affect a team as much as he would in another sport.
Tre’Davious White is that defensive player that the Bills have been looking for. According to Pro Football Focus, he is currently second in the Rookie of the Year race, just behind Kareem Hunt.
Mike Renner, senior analyst at PFF, commented on the impact that a cornerback can have on a football team.
White hasn’t been playing any push-over receivers either. The Buffalo Bills’ schedule thus far has had them playing against the Panthers, Broncos, Falcons, and Bengals. I’m sure you can think of a few standout receivers that play on those teams.
Tre’ White won’t get a break for a few more weeks since the Bills will host Tampa Bay and Oakland in the next two weeks respectively.
A cornerback can effectively take a top player out of the game, which opens up a ton of opportunities for the rest of the team. Longer coverage means a better pass rush. A better pass rush means getting off the field faster. That will lead to the opposing defense tiring out faster.
It can’t always be as simple as that, but it looks like for the meantime the Buffalo secondary shall be okay. As long as Tre’Davious White is back there.
Do you think any other players are having as big of an impact as Tre’Davious White? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!