Buffalo Bills second-year cornerback Tre’Davious White has earned a ton of respect in just a short amount of time in the NFL. White is one of the best corners in the league but he also plays in one of the better-coordinated pass coverage schemes in the NFL.
Head Coach Sean McDermott built his career with a defense that disguises its coverage and pressures well and at the same time putting his playmakers in positions to make plays.
Sometimes those plays will show up in the box score, sometimes they won’t.
3rd and 14
*Bills play quarters vs 2×2
*Weak release by Hopkins
*White presses him into the boundary
*Watson wants to throw it since he has 1 on 1 (body posture tells you that)
*Pressure forces him to escape
*D covers down in scramble drill
*Poyer intercepts the pass pic.twitter.com/hTpQSgVknr
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We see a similar situation unfold versus the New York Jets. McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier send linebacker Matt Milano and safety Jordan Poyer at the quarterback and use a pattern matching coverage known as “Palms” coverage or “two read” coverage on the backend. Who White and Levi Wallace cover will be determined by the route combinations.
The coverage and read by White deters the quick throw to the sticks and allows his teammates to sack the quarterback in 2.4 seconds. This is just one example of a play that won’t show up in the box score for White, but his play was incredibly crucial to the outcome.
Into the film room we go!
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