Sean McDermott: We collectively have to raise our game with Tre’Davious White out

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The Bills lost a big piece of their defense in their Thanksgiving night win over the Saints.

Cornerback Tre'Davious White tore his ACL and will miss the rest of the season as a result of the injury. White was the team’s top cornerback and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said on Tuesday that he leaves “some big shoes to fill” because of his ability to match up with No. 1 receivers on a weekly basis.

Head coach Sean McDermott said that filling those shoes won’t come down to one player making up for what the team loses with White out of action.

“It is next-man-up, regardless,” McDermott said, via the team’s website. “But I think collectively as a team, we’ve got to take our game another level.”

Dane Jackson was mentioned as one player who is set for a bigger role and the new look defense will get a quick test against the Patriots on Monday night.

7 responses to “Sean McDermott: We collectively have to raise our game with Tre’Davious White out

  1. Not sure the Bills will miss White that much against the Patriots, who don’t really have a no. 1 receiver on offense, although Kendrick Bourne seems to be heading into that direction.

  2. New England traded away their #1 corner this year and their #1 slot corner (one of the best in the league) is on season ending IR. The Pats, seemingly, haven’t skipped a beat. I don’t see a problem with White being out for the Bills.

  3. If there is a positive for the Bills they go into the game with no film as to how they’ll handle the absence of White. So, it could be a game where Jones really shows how far along he’s come as a starting QB.

    Go Pats!

  4. Belichick will watch the game from last year when Andy Reid ran a clinic on how to beat McDermott: Clyde got the ball 26 times and gashed them for 161 yards at at 6.2 yard per carry clip. It kept Josh Allen off the field and exposed McDermott for the same weakness he had when he was DC for the Eagles and the Panthers.

  5. “Vrabel was missing half his roster facing the patriots and there was never a whimper.”

    Not really a whimper here, either. McD is just stating the reality, and the aspiration for how the team responds.

    Tre is one of the best players on that team, and it’s not an easy loss. But Bills fans have also been excited about the development of Dane Jackson, and this really gives him an opportunity to show what he can do. I don’t anticipate a major drop-off w/ the way the coaches scheme & the way they use the secondary.

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