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Buccaneers' Lavonte David: Stands out in finale
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

David posted six tackles (five solo), including two sacks and another tackle for loss, in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Panthers.

The former Pro Bowler seemed to be stuck in neutral for most of the season in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's system before turning it on over the last month-plus. David tallied 37 stops (28 solo), four sacks (all within the last three games) and an interception in Weeks 12 through 17, salvaging his season to large extent from an IDP perspective. The fifth-year pro actually finished with the second-highest sack total of his career (5.0), equaled a career best in forced fumbles (four) and fumble recoveries (two) and notched a pick-six, helping offset what was by far the lowest tackle total of his career (87). If Smith, who is reportedly under consideration for head coaching opportunities, does return to Tampa for a second season, David may be primed for a much stronger start to 2017 given his season of acclimation in this past campaign.

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Buccaneers' Lavonte David: Seven tackles, sack in Week 16 loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

David racked up seven tackles (six solo), including one for loss, and a sack in Saturday's 31-24 loss to the Saints.

The former Pro Bowler has resembled the disruptive tackling machine from seasons past over the last two weeks, as he's now tallied a combined 16 stops (11 solo) and two sacks over that span. David's respective nine-and-seven-tackle efforts in the last two weeks represent his best two-game stretch in that category during the 2016 campaign.

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Buccaneers' Lavonte David: Named Pro Bowl alternate earlier in week
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

David was named a Pro Bowl alternate earlier this week, Jenna Laine of reports.

The distinction could be termed somewhat of a surprise, given that the fifth-year pro is on pace for what will easily be the lowest tackle total of his standout career. However, a large part of that drop-off can be attributed to a role in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme that is different than the others he's held under previous systems, as well as on an assortment of injuries that he's battled throughout the 2016 campaign. Nevertheless, David has still shown a flair for impact plays this season, racking up two sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a key pick-six of Philip Rivers in Week 13.

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Buccaneers' Lavonte David: Records best game of season in Week 15 loss
by RotoWire Staff | Special to

David (hamstring) posted nine tackles (five solo), a sack and a fumble recovery in Sunday's 26-20 loss to the Cowboys.

David's best game of the season was overshadowed by teammate Kwon Alexander's spectacular 21-tackle night, but the returns were impressive nonetheless, particularly considering that David came into the game nursing a hamstring ailment. The sack was David's first since Week 3 against the Rams, while the nine stops were a season high. Although his 74 total tackles represent a significant drop over the former Pro Bowler's usual pace -- in fact, amount to just over half of the 147 he racked up in 2015 -- he remains a vital cog in the Bucs' defensive scheme.

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Buccaneers' Lavonte David: Active in Week 15
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David (hamstring) is listed as active for Sunday's game in Dallas.

Landing on the injury report Thursday, David closed out the week with back-to-back limited sessions due to a hamstring concern. With his Week 15 availability now confirmed, he'll slot in as the Bucs' starting weakside linebacker, though he's a long-shot to post his fifth 100-tackle campaign in a row with 35 to obtain over the last three games.

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Defensive Stats
YearTeamGTotalTklAstSacksIntYdsAvgLgTDPass Def
2012Tampa Bay Buccaneers16139112.027212727.02704
2013Tampa Bay Buccaneers16145107.038758717.432010
2014Tampa Bay Buccaneers14146101.0451000.0004
2015Tampa Bay Buccaneers1614785.06233196.320113
2016Tampa Bay Buccaneers168767.020511515.01514
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2012Tampa Bay Buccaneers1600000000
2013Tampa Bay Buccaneers1600201010
2014Tampa Bay Buccaneers1400401010
2015Tampa Bay Buccaneers1600202020
2016Tampa Bay Buccaneers16004025320
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