One week after being shut out of the stat sheet completely, David bounced back with a performance much more representative of his vast talent and recorded his first forced fumble of the campaign when he separated Kenny Britt from the ball after an eight-yard catch early in the second quarter. The Pro Bowler tallied eight stops in Week 1 as well, while the sack he recorded Sunday was his first of the season. David should have plenty of opportunities to rack up more stops when the Bucs face the run-heavy Broncos in Week 4.
David (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday against Los Angeles, Roy Cummings of WFLA Channel 8 reports.
If the 'probable' designation still existed, David would almost certainly have it. He was a full practice participant this week and can still be safely deployed as a high-end IDP.
It was an underreported but nevertheless shocking development coming out of an utterly forgettable afternoon for the Bucs, as David had totaled five or more tackles in each of his previous 56 games. Considering his impeccable resume as a tackling machine, this result would have to clearly be considered an outlier. David should see plenty of opportunities to put the worst game of his career behind him when the Bucs take on the run-heavy Rams in their home opener in Week 3.
David's availability isn't too shocking considering he was a full participant in practice this week while still landing on the injury report. The Pro Bowler has been dealing with a minor shoulder injury, so he could be monitored closely in order to assure that the aliment doesn't get worse.
David wasn't able to flash his trademark proficiency in defending the run due to the session not being a full-pads affair, but made up for it by shining in pass coverage. The Pro Bowl linebacker jumped an out route in one instance to make a diving interception of a Bortles throw, while also recording a pass defensed during seven-on-seven drills later in the session. David has put in solid work throughout training camp to date and was second on the team with four tackles (three solo), including one for a loss, during last Thursday's preseason opener versus the Eagles.
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