Pro Football Focus stat indicates no LB has been better in coverage than Tampa Bay's Lavonte David
When Lavonte David left Nebraska for the NFL, he took that Blackshirt defensive mentality with him. It’s really paid off over the last five seasons, too.
On Sunday, David became a Super Bowl champion as Tampa Bay defeated Kansas City 31-9. The linebacker had a stellar performance in the win, making 6 tackles and breaking up 2 passes in the biggest game of the year.
Now that the season is over, Pro Football Focus recently graded the linebacker’s performance in coverage over the last five seasons (since 2016). How good has David been? No linebacker has graded better in coverage than the former Husker.
Highest-graded LB in coverage since 2016: Lavonte David – 92.8 pic.twitter.com/FIgGVv1CQ9
— PFF (@PFF) February 10, 2021
During the regular season, David racked up 82 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks and an interception. Over the course of his career in Tampa Bay, he’s piled up 1,124 total stops, 24 sacks, 24 forced fumbles, 16 fumble recoveries, 12 interceptions and 2 defensive touchdowns.
Not a bad stat line.
The 2020 season was the first time David appeared in the postseason. He didn’t disappoint, making 26 tackles, defending 4 passes and getting a sack in three games.