To say that rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White has been putting together a good season would be an understatement. White continues to solidify his case for Defensive Rookie of the Year, consistently showcasing why the Buffalo Bills selected him in the first round of the NFL Draft this year.
As a fan, it’s easy to be impressed with White simply by looking at the stats. With 14 passes defended, four turnovers, and plenty of other solid numbers to fall back on he jumps off the paper.
Fan sentiment has started down the path to “enamored” with White. How is he seen within the team? Let’s go to recent comments from defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier to find out.
Q: Have you had a rookie quarterback in your career that’s put together a season like Tre’Davious has so far?
A: No, I can’t recall a rookie being asked to do some of the things we’ve asked him to do this season. As you know, we’ve had to match him up on some top receivers during the course of the season and you don’t usually ask a rookie to do that. Maybe towards the end of the year, maybe, but we were doing this early in the season and he’s responded quite well. He’s had a terrific rookie year, although there’s a lot more football to be played, but I can’t recall a rookie coming in and having this type of impact at corner when he’s been put in the fire as quickly as he was. It’s different than when you’re just a left corner or just a right corner and you just line up in your spot and you learn your responsibilities. We’ve asked him to match up on some big time guys and he’s held his own.
Q: On Tre’Davious, I’m sure he says he always likes to shadow people, he wants that more. Is that something that you’re getting more comfortable letting him do [or] is that still kind of last resort if other people get injured or something like that happens?
A: Sometimes, it depends a little bit on the opponent, you know, who we’re facing and do we think is necessary to try to match up. It’s a few things that go into it. Ideally, you like for him to be left and right, but sometimes you need to matchup who you think is your best guy on their best guy so it can change from week to week.