Does Tre’Davious White return to being a Defensive Player of the Year contender for the Buffalo Bills?
One of the reasons the Buffalo Bills have had success has been due to them getting their first round pick right most years. That trend began in 2017, the first that Sean McDermott was head coach when the Bills selected cornerback Tre’Davious White.
He stepped in immediately as one of the starting cornerbacks in this defense but it wasn’t really until 2019 that White emerged as one of the top players at his position. That season he didn’t allow any receiving touchdowns and was tied for the league in interceptions with six.
While he didn’t win Defensive Player of the Year, that went to Stephon Gilmore, he was certainly in the discussion. This past season though, White took a slight step backward and allowed four receiving touchdowns and had three interceptions.
The question now is can White return to being in the discussion for Defensive Player of the Year or is 2020 the type of season that the Buffalo Bills can expect?
Weight: 192 pounds
Years of Experience: 5
As mentioned previously, White had three interceptions last year as well as 57 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 11 passes defended. In addition to the three interceptions, White had two fumble recoveries and the five total turnovers were only one off the turnover total from 2019.
Expectations for 2021 with the Buffalo Bills
While Tre’Davious White did take a step backward statistically last year, there is no denying that he still had an excellent year for the Buffalo Bills. Entering this season, Tre’Davious White is still one of the most important players on this defense.
The way White is able to match up against the opposing team’s top wide receiver and limit their impact makes a tremendous difference for what the Bills defense is able to do and the plays they are able to call. This is something that shouldn’t change this coming season for the Bills even though Tre’Davious White will face a number of the top wide receivers in the NFL today.
Entering this season, the Buffalo Bills should view last year as the floor for what Tre’Davious White brings but understand he has the potential to be much more productive in 2021.