David tied for the team-lead in tackles with nine (six solo) while also defensing a pass and recovering a fumble in a 27-21 win over Philadelphia. David's tackle numbers were identical from Week 1 to Week 2, but his added impact in the passing game made his stat line more impressive. He and the rest of the Buccaneers will look to maintain their momentum and move to 3-0 when they take on the Steelers in Week 3.
David recorded nine tackles, including six solo, in Sunday's 48-40 win over New Orleans. David recorded over 140 tackles per season over his first four years, but he's averaged just 94 tackles the past two campaigns. His nine tackles made for a strong start, though the defense did not play especially well while allowing 40 points in what was still a winning effort. Things don't get any easier for the Buccaneers in Week 2, as they take on the defending champion Eagles in Tampa Bay.
David, who tallied three solo tackles and a fumble recovery in the Buccaneers' 30-14 preseason win over the Titans on Saturday, logged an impressive interception in Wednesday's practice, Carmen Vitali of the team's official site reports. The star linebacker has been in impressive form since the beginning of camp, with that caliber of performance carrying over to last Saturday's victory. David's solid effort versus the Titans was followed by a nifty pick in Wednesday's session, one in which he cut underneath receiver Bobo Wilson while roaming the weak side of the defense. David was more productive from a tackle perspective in Year 2 of coordinator Mike Smith's scheme last season, upping his career-low total of 87 stops in 2016 (over 16 games) to 101 over 13 contests, while also forcing and recovering a career-best five fumbles. However, he failed to record a sack for the first time in his career in 2017, an anomaly that David will look to rectify in short order this coming season.
David focused on getting his shoulders healthier and stronger this offseason and reports that he now feels "great." Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. The 28-year-old linebacker missed three games in 2017 while dealing with ankle and hamstring issues. However, he apparently also wanted to shore up his shoulders heading into 2018, considering the pivotal role they play in the impressive tackle numbers that David typically racks up. David set career bests in forced fumbles (five) and fumble recoveries (five) last season while adding 101 stops during his second campaign in defensive coordinator Mike Smith's scheme. The former Pro Bowler should benefit from playing behind what projects as a stouter and more aggressive defensive line bolstered by the additions of first-round pick Vita Vea and prized offseason trade acquisition Jason Pierre-Paul.
David totaled 11 tackles (eight solo) in Sunday's loss to the Panthers. David was listed as questionable for Sunday's game after sitting out Week 15 but was able to play all 66 defensive snaps in the contest. The 11 tackles marked the third time this season the 27-year-old broke into double digits, although he has yet to register a sack in 2017.
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