Buccaneers' Stylez White comes up with needed performance
You could make a compelling argument that defensive end Stylez White was in coach Raheem Morris' doghouse all offseason.
Morris publicly challenged White after he had a lackluster offseason followed by a motorcycle accident that sidelined him for mandatory mini-camp in June.
And things didn't get much better during training camp.You barely knew White was on the field.
"He really hasn't been practicing that great," Morris said after last night's game.
So, the Bucs were quite pleased to see White break out with a sack, tackle for loss and an interception. White needed it to regain the confidence of his coaches, who may have begun to wonder if he could recapture his mojo from 2007 when he led Tampa Bay with eight sacks.
The Bucs' new defense thrives on pass rush. And White is a pass-rush specialist. But if he can go above and beyond and show this sort of diversified game, the result can only be positive.
He never seemed in any danger of being cut, but White perhaps was going to be used in a lesser role. If he turns in future performances like this one, then maybe he deserves to take some of Gaines Adams' snaps at right end.
Either way, White will be a player to watch this preseason.