Lavonte David is the NFC defensive player of the month

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Much of the focus on the Buccaneers heading into the season focused on their offensive additions, but a longtime member of their defense was honored by the NFL for his September performance.

Linebacker Lavonte David has been named the NFC’s defensive player of the month. It’s the first time he’s taken the honors.

David had 24 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery as the Bucs opened up the season with a 2-1 record. He was also credited with breaking up two passes and one quarterback hit.

There may be quibbles about the choice from Dallas after Aldon Smith recorded four sacks and 20 tackles after being out of the game since 2015 and defensive tackle Akiem Hicks is off to a good start for the Bears, but the NFL’s choice was David.

2 responses to “Lavonte David is the NFC defensive player of the month

  1. Not a bad choice at all (David has a 78.5 PFF grade), but much better than going with Smith (65.5) or Hicks (60.8). For reference, Aaron Donald has an 89.6 grade. In other news, traditional defensive stats fall far short of painting a full picture, as defenders can do many positive things that don’t create a stat and, perhaps more importantly, there are no negative stats for missed plays.

  2. From –

    “Since entering the league in 2012, David ranks first in solo tackles (738), first in fumble recoveries (15), third in total tackles (1,030), third in tackles for loss (118) and tied for fifth in forced fumbles (22). Among all linebackers since 2012, David ranks tied for second with 12 interceptions and fourth with 47 passes defensed.”

    David has been overlooked for too long. Now that the national spotlight is on this team, this phenomenal linebacker ought to finally get the credit he deserves.

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