Sean McDermott couldn’t figure out what was going on with Tre’Davious White.
It’s not that the Buffalo Bills’ rookie cornerback was screwing up on the practice field. It’s that he wasn’t.
“Really, I’ve had to sit back in my office up there and ask myself why haven’t I noticed Tre’Davious, in terms of why am I not concerned about him?” McDermott said. “As a defensive coordinator I was a lot closer to the defense at times, so I’ve been asking myself is it because of that or is it because he’s just integrated himself so smoothly into the NFL and what we do? He’s mature beyond his years. Really, what we thought he was coming out of LSU.”
From the time he arrived in Buffalo, White has lined up with the first team. Not only that, he’s looked like the team’s best cornerback. That’s not a knock against fellow starter Ronald Darby, but rather an indication of just how good White has looked in practices — albeit ones without pads.
“He’s made plays on the football. He’s shown up in that regard in a positive light and when I look out there I’m looking at a player that – he plays like a second- or third-year player at this point,” McDermott said.
It’s fair to say that White has easily earned a passing grade in the eyes of McDermott, but he’s been a little harder on himself.
“That’s a tough one because I’m pretty much my own worst critic,” he said. “If I’m doing something well, I’m going to find something in my game that I need to work on, so I’m going to give myself a C+ for right now.”
That White has come into the NFL looking like a veteran shouldn’t…
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