Previously I had discussed who the most disappointing player on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster was this season. In a 3-9 year filled with disappointment, it wasn’t too difficult to figure out who has underachieved. However, there are two ways to look at the glass, and today I’m going to look at is as half-full.
Despite a lost season, there have been a few players that Buccaneers fans should be excited about for the future. Stars such as Gerald McCoy, Vincent Jackson, and Mark Barron justify the notion that this roster is not void of talent. Each of those players has impressed this year, but the most impressive Buccaneer this season has to be Lavonte David.
The knock on David, a second year player from the University of Nebraska, is that he was a bit undersized to be a linebacker at the next level. This is part of the reason why Tampa was able to scoop him up in the second round. However, David proved all of his critics wrong and has made teams regret passing up on him in the first round of the draft.
What makes David so special is that he can do it all. This year he is fifth in the NFL in tackles but also has five sacks, three interceptions, a forced fumble, and seven passes deflected. His ability to rush the passer, stop the run, and cover tight ends and receivers has been huge for Tampa Bay. He has become the type of player that you can build your defense around and has even reminded some of the great Derrick Brooks.
This season David has been the biggest bright spot on the Buccaneers. The fact that he is only 23 and playing this well has to be comforting for Tampa Bay fans. Next season, as he develops even more, let’s hope that the Bucs are able to put together a winning season. After all, it’d be nice to see David’s effort count for something more than just statistics.