The Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense is certainly struggling through the first three weeks of the 2022 NFL season.

But the defense, on the other hand, is not.

As a matter of fact, it’s one of the best -if not the best- defensive units in the NFL. The pass rush is solid and the secondary is lights-out. Combine with that with one of the best defensive minds in Todd Bowles and it’s easy to see why the Buccaneers have allowed an NFL-best nine points per game.

A big part of the unit’s growth is due to fourth-year linebacker Devin White’s own growth. After a subpar 2021, many pegged White as a player who needed to rebound in 2022. And not just for his own sake: The popular assumption was growth from White would equal an even better Buccaneers defense. Especially considering his skill set and role on the team.

Sure enough, White has come out on fire in 2022. So much so the NFL named him the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Month for September.

White currently has 24 total tackles, 3.0 sacks, 3.0 tackles for loss, two pass deflections, and one forced fumble to his name in 2022. White’s sack total is tied for fourth-most in the NFL and it’s also tied Washington Commanders linebacker Jamin Davis for the league lead among true middle (or off-ball) linebackers.

It’s not just the stats that show how good White has been, though. His film backs it up, as well.

But don’t tell that to Pro Football Focus.

PFF has White listed with an overall grade of 53.3, which is considered to be below-average, in their eyes. It’s a joke, at the end of the day, and White -along with the NFL- just made them look really silly on Thursday.

PFF is a great outlet and they house some of the best stats/content in the NFL world, but their grades are always left up to debate. White has more than passed the eye test, but he hasn’t passed their algorithm, which is a shame.

Either way, I’m pretty sure White doesn’t care what PFF thinks. And if he does, well, then his latest achievement should help him sleep just fine at night.

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