State of the Bucs: Linebackers

As the Bucs hit the bye week, we take a deeper look at each position through 5 games this season.

The Buccaneers have their bye week this week, so we thought this would be an ideal time to fully evaluate the Bucs current roster after 5 games. We will discuss each player at each position at length and provide you positives and negatives with their play through 5 games this season.


Lavonte David

Positives: Lavonte David finally came on with an impact play as he blitzed and sacked Blake Bortles in the Bucs win over the Jaguars. Perhaps, this may lead to more blitzing for David moving forward.

Negatives: Forget the lack of splash plays, which is an issue. My biggest concern with Lavonte David through 5 games this season has been the amount of missed tackles he's had. Honestly, Lavonte David has probably been the Bucs' biggest disappointment through 5 games this season.

Future: David just signed a new deal this off-season and isn't going anywhere, but he needs to take his play to another level. I think David needs to become the overwhelming leader of the defense, but he can't do that with the way he's been playing.

Kwon Alexander

Positives: There is so much to like about Kwon Alexander, but I won't go on and on here about him. Alexander's potential is through the roof. The most impressive play thus far for Alexander was him catching up and tackling Allen Hurns late in the 4th quarter against the Jaguars. Whoa!

Negatives: As is the case with all rookies who are thrust into the starting lineup, mistakes will happen. 

Future: I'd be shocked if Kwon Alexander wasn't the Bucs middle linebacker for years to come.

Danny Lansanah

Positives: I like Lansanah against the run. I think he's the linebacker that possesses the most strength.

Negatives: For all the talk of how much of a turnover machine Lansanah was during the off-season, we now know that those turnovers may have been because he was going against the Bucs offense...hey-oh!

Future: This fully depends on Lansanha's contract demands. If he wants big money, I'd let him walk.

Bruce Carter

Positives: Carter hasn't played as much as Lansanah at strongside linebacker, but we know he is an athletic and fast linebacker.

Negatives: He's probably playing out of position at strongside linebacker, but that's really the only place to put his with Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander as regulars.

Future: Carter signed a 4-year contract this year, but with limited playing time, a $750,000 roster bonus coming this off-season, and the ability to cut him without any dead money this upcoming off-season, Carter may be on his way out of town.

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