Ex-Minnesota DB Antoine Winfield Jr. forces first fumble of NFL career
This will look familiar for Minnesota fans.
On Sunday, making his second appearance with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, former Minnesota safety Antoine Winfield Jr. forced the first fumble of his professional career. It came in the first quarter of the Bucs game against the Carolina Panthers in Week 2.
Below is the clip of Winfield poking the ball loose for the first time in the NFL:
Tampa's defense has already forced two turnovers in two drives.
This one was all Antoine Winfield Jr.
Watch the rookie safety come screaming off the edge on the blitz, keeps working, punches it out. Lot of praise for Winfield Jr. early on. pic.twitter.com/viCXzbKZwV
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) September 20, 2020
Winfield made his NFL debut last week, with Tampa Bay opening the season against the New Orleans Saints. The rookie carved out a role as a starter with the Bucs and was credited with 6 tackles, 1 QB hit and 1 pass break-up.
He’s off to a good start in his second game, as well. Winfield has already collected 5 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
Winfield was selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, going No. 45 overall. He seems to be making a smooth transition from the college game to the NFL ranks.