Lavonte David: Bucs defense must get off field better
Bucs linebacker Lavonte David was pleased with Saturday's 27-21 victory against the Jaguars, but stressed the importance of his defense to get off the field after allowing Jacksonville to convert three third downs on a go-ahead touchdown drive in the second quarter.
"The second unit did pretty well, but the first unit, we have to get better, have to iron some things out, pay more attention to detail and fix a couple of things," David said. "It's no big things, all minor things. We'll be OK. We'll get it fixed and get better."
Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles went 3-for-3 on third downs on his final drive, connecting with Allen Hurns for a 24-yard touchdown and 14-7 lead. The rest of the night, the Jaguars went 2-for-10 on third down, and that's the defense David expects from the Bucs.
"One thing we've got to fix is getting off the field on third down," David said. "That's one of the things going into this year, trying to get off the field on third down. We have to capitalize on those situations."
After that 80-yard touchdown, the Bucs defense clamped down against Jaguars backups -- on the remaining drives, Jacksonville had a total of 81 yards and zero points from their offense. That included four interceptions -- two from first-round pick Vernon Hargreaves, and one each from fellow rookie Ryan Smith and cornerback Johnthan Banks.
"You're only as good as your depth on a football team," David said. "Those guys got in and got a lot of takeaways."