September 24, 2022

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He’s Our Leader Back There

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Jordan Whitehead (33) and Antoine Winfield Jr. (31) | BRIAN BLANCO | AP

Jordan Whitehead has shown signs of being great ever since first stepping into the league in 2018.

Drafted in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft,  he immediately made an impact and a name for himself for being a fearless hitter, and his ability to play in the box or over the top. Former Buccaneers’ Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith said that Jordan Whitehead is a heat-seeking missile, and his play attests to that.

Since coming into the league, Whitehead has recorded 222 solo tackles, 25 passes defended, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 5 interceptions. But, as usual, stats do not tell the complete story.

The 4th-year safety is more than a hitter and an excellent tackler; he is a leader on the football field and is known by his teammates as always bringing high energy and consistently doing his job. The younger players see Whitehead as a player to look up to and see him as a leader in the defensive backfield. Antoine Winfield Jr. said that Whitehead is having, “An incredible year – he’s our leader back there. He’s always bringing energy, always doing his job, and he just makes plays.”

The Buccaneers will take on the Rams this Sunday and will certainly need a dose of that energy and some big play out of the heat-seeking missile.