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Bucs rookie Lavonte David has dominant performance in losing effort

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October

That blur you saw racing across the field at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday was probably rookie linebacker Lavonte David.

Even in a losing effort, David again reinforced what the Bucs saw in him that prompted them to make him their second-round draft pick in April, racking up 14 tackles, including three for losses.

And David did this while dealing with a wrist injury that forced him to briefly leave the game and required an X-ray afterward.

David’s understanding of the defense and coaches’ expectations of him has made an obvious difference in his play during the past couple of weeks. That's encouraging given his already impressive level of production and splash plays.

“I’ve been getting better here and there,” he said. “Nobody’s perfect. But I think the mental errors are getting less and less. That’s a good thing.”

Already one of the fastest defenders on the field, David can use his speed and quickness to a greater extent now that he has reduced his reaction time because of his better mental grasp of the defense.

“When I don’t have to think about stuff and I know what’s going on, you start to understand the gameplan better, you understand what (the coaches) are trying to do, it gives you the opportunity to play fast,” he said.

[Last modified: Monday, October 1, 2012 12:41pm]

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