Many coaches were and still are against playing rookies early or even at all in their first year. Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians stated that he was very against it in Arizona. They had drafted some guys that they knew were going to sit behind some veteran leadership and learn this season. Arians has been in the game for 20 plus years and he feels like this is the most mature group of rookies he has ever seen in that time period. So far, the Buccaneer staff has not seen the money change the way the rookies approach the game on and off the field.
“One of the things I think we learned in Arizona was that great talent that might be a tick immature, take the guy that’s right next to him that is mature because these guys have to play now.” Arians stated which gives Bucs fans hope of seeing a more mature team.
Devin White is the leader of the pack concerning the rookies. Since day one he has been showing how mature he can be with the media and on the field. White has been getting glowing reviews from many throughout the league and even given early chances of winning Defensive Rookie of the Year. He has some lofty expectations on him in his press conference Arians had this to say about Devin White and expectations as a rookie.
“I think that was a big part of the evaluation process. How mature he was and the accolades from coaches that we really trust that were around him every day, and you hear Ed [Orgeron] now talk about how they can’t replace him. So, the sky’s the limit. Let’s let him fail before we pull him back. See what he can’t do. Right now, he can do everything. So, until he says ‘Whoa, I can’t learn all this stuff, or I can’t do that.’ I don’t think that’s ever coming out of his mouth though, knowing him.” Arians said, this defensive rookie class along with the new additions on the staff and players will be interesting to see.