Rookie LB Observations – Week 1

With Week One in the books, let’s take a look at how some of this year’s rookie linebackers fared. I hope you enjoy and you can reach me on Twitter @KBellf54.

Devin White – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

-Played 100% of the snaps and wore the coveted green dot

-4 solo tackles and 2 assists

White is already calling the plays as a rookie, which should tell you how highly the Buccaneers feel about him. White didn’t have a huge statistical Week One, but he played well and produced six combined tackles. Playing every snap in Week One, White is a solid weekly LB2 with upside.

*Note – As I was wrapping up this article, Devin White exited Thursday night’s game with an apparent knee injury.

Devin Bush – Pittsburgh Steelers

-Played 76% of the snaps

-7 solo tackles and 4 assists

Although Bush didn’t technically “start” in Week One, he played the most snaps out of all the Pittsburgh inside linebackers. As a rookie, Bush still has a lot to learn, but he was all over the field making tackles in Week One. Bush is by far the best linebacker on Pittsburgh’s defense. Fire him up with confidence as a weekly LB2 with LB1 upside as the season progresses.

Jahlani Tavai – Detroit Lions

-Played 71% of the snaps

-2 solo tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 sack

With Jarrad Davis out in Week One for the Lions, Tavai was tasked to pick up the slack and filled in admirably. Tavai was actually the only rookie linebacker to record a full sack in Week One. As long as Davis is out, Tavai is in the LB3 mix as a situational starter.

Cole Holcomb – Washington Redskins

-Played 68% of the snaps

-8 solos, 1 assist, 2 tackles for loss

To many IDP owner’s surprise, Holcomb beat out second year man, Shaun Dion Hamilton, for the starting spot next to Jonathan Bostic. Holcomb played very well in Week One and was definitely Washington’s best interior linebacker on the field. Monitor this situation closely, as Holcomb’s snap numbers could definitely rise. Right now he’s in the LB3 conversation with upside.


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