White recorded 12 tackles (eight solo), including two for loss, and recorded an interception during the Buccaneers' 31-9 win over the Chiefs in Super Bowl LV on Sunday. White fittingly put an exclamation point on an All-Pro-caliber season with a standout effort in the biggest game of the year, pacing the Buccaneers in both total and solo tackles. The Super Bowl win marked the conclusion of a torrid finish to the campaign for the second-year linebacker, who posted 60 tackles (47 solo), four sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries over the last five games he suited up for. Those impressive figures were compiled around a two-game interruption due to White's COVID-19 infection, which wiped out his availability for the regular-season finale and the wild-card win over Washington. White finished the regular season with 140 tackles (97 solo), nine sacks, four defensed passes, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery across 15 games, already validating the investment of a fifth overall pick the Buccaneers made in him back in the 2019 draft.
White totaled 15 tackles (nine solo) and recovered a fumble in the Buccaneers' 31-26 win over the Packers in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. White once again found himself at the top of the team's leaderboard in tackles, and his recovery and return of an Aaron Jones fumble early in the third quarter set up an eight-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Cameron Brate on the very next play. The 2019 first-round pick missed the wild-card win over Washington due to COVID-19 protocols, but White more than made up for it with a whopping 26 stops, an interception and Sunday's fumble recovery over the last two postseason games. White's diverse skill set will be an asset for the Buccaneers defense as it tries to slow down Patrick Mahomes and his weapons during Super Bowl LV on Sunday, Feb. 7.
White (reserve/COVID-19) recorded 11 tackles (10 solo), including one for loss, a fumble recovery and an interception in the Buccaneers' 30-20 divisional-round win over the Saints on Sunday. The Pro-Bowl linebacker offered a tangible reminder of the impact he's capable of making with an absolutely dominating performance, one that included a clutch interception on a pass intended for Alvin Kamara with 7:18 remaining that led to the Buccaneers' final touchdown. White now has three straight double-digit tackling efforts dating back to Week 15 of the regular season -- the linebacker missed both Week 17 and the wild-card win over Washington -- and he'll undoubtedly play an integral role again in Sunday's NFC Championship Game versus the Packers.
Coach Bruce Arians said Monday that White (illness) won't be available for Saturday's playoff game against the Football Team, Carmen Vitali of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Per NFL rules, a player who tests positive for the coronavirus needs to be symptom-free for 10 days before returning to team activities. White won't be cleared in time, so he'll miss a second straight game. The 2019 first-round pick has no true replacement, as he posted 140 tackles, nine sacks and four pass breakups this year. Kevin Minter started in White's place in Week 17 and is expected to assume that role again in the first round of playoffs.
White recorded nine tackles (seven solo) in the Buccaneers' 26-14 win over the Vikings on Sunday. The second-year linebacker found himself in a customary spot, namely, near the top of the tackle leaderboard. White checked in second only to Antoine Winfield's 12 stops, but his stellar production certainly was a boon for fantasy managers deploying him in their postseason lineups. White now at least nine tackles in three straight games, and he's reached or exceeded that mark in six of the last eight contests overall. White will look to continue his favorable run in a Week 15 divisional battle against the Falcons.
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