Buccaneers HC Bruce Arians said in his Monday press conference that LB Devin White was active only as an "emergency" option for the Week 5 loss to the Saints. He said they put White on the gameday roster because an injury to fellow LB Jack Cichy left the team with only 3 ILBs. Arians added that White will be "ready" for the Week 6 clash with the Panthers. That indicates we should trust the 1st-round pick returning to his full-time role and take fill-in Kevin Minter back out of consideration.
Buccaneers LB Devin White returned to a limited practice Wednesday. He sat out the past 2 games after suffering a knee injury early in the Week 2 win at Carolina. White says he'll be ready to play at New Orleans on Sunday. That matchup has added upside since QB Teddy Bridgewater stepped in for Drew Brees and shortened the range in which the Saints work.
Buccaneers LB Devin White sprained the MCL in his left knee in Thursday night's win over the Panthers. HC Bruce Arians told reporters Friday that it's just a Grade 1 sprain and that White might miss a game or 2. He also left open the possibility that White could be ready to play in Week 3. If White can't go, Kevin Minter would fill in.
As many have expected for a while, the Buccaneers spent the 5th pick of the NFL Draft on LB Devin White. The former LSU star delivered the class' top speed score at the position (124.2) after a productive pair of starting seasons. White racked up 133 and 123 tackles the past 2 years, including 13.5 and 12.0 tackles for loss. He also tallied the class' 6th-highest market share of solo tackles for 2018: 15.0%. White should step right into the MLB role vacated by Kwon Alexander's free-agent departure and deliver quick IDP value.