Biggs: Pass rush not out of Stylez in Tampa Bay
Maybe it wasn’t the motivating reason behind Tampa Bay’s trade of former No. 4 overall pick Gaines Adams to the Chicago Bears, but it didn’t hurt that the Buccaneers believed they had someone who could rush the passer in his absence.
As Rick Stroud of the St. Petersburg Times points out, Stylez White has picked up nicely following the Adams deal, recording three sacks in three starts and leading the team with 18 quarterback pressures. Meanwhile, Adams has yet to make an impact for the Bears, who traded a second-round pick in 2010 for him, and he is getting little playing time.
Ironically, the Bears had White at one time. The well-traveled veteran signed with them in 2005 and was allocated to NFL Europe before spending time with the team in training camp. He’s found a home in Tampa, where he had eight sacks in 2007, and is settling into a leading role.
“He's been playing at a high level,” coach Raheem Morris said. “His motor, his rush skills, playing the run. How he's been practicing, first of all, has been really impressive. I don't know if it's the trade of Gaines. Maybe it's having more opportunities. You never know when you'll have your time to shine, and he's having his time to shine now.”
White injured a shoulder in last Sunday’s win over Green Bay and is unlikely to play against Miami. He didn’t practice this week. But when he returns, he’s got motivation.
“For me, selfishly, I wanted to play as well as I can so you could all forget about that whole trade or whatever,” White said. “It's just more opportunities to make plays, and I've tried to capitalize on them.”
Mission accomplished to this point. Of course, the Bucs have to find someone to get after the quarterback in his absence.
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