When it comes to securing an important part of the team’s future, the Buffalo Bills should make Tre’Davious White a priority.
Going into this season, there is a lot of optimism surrounding the Buffalo Bills‘ chances and a big part of that comes from the young pieces on the team.
When you look at the makeup of the roster, there is no arguing that Josh Allen is the most important player. You can also say that not too far behind him is Tre’Davious White.
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The Bills shutdown cornerback has been a focal point of the defense since he was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. There aren’t many corners who can cover like White especially in a zone defense like the Bills run.
This was evident in the AFC Wild Card game against the Houston Texans when White was forced to cover against DeAndre Hopkins. For most of the game, the Bills were able to keep Hopkins in check until late on.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com believes White is so valuable to the Bills that keeping him around should be the highest priority.
"“At any rate, such struggles have been few and far between for a cornerback who has produced at a level commensurate with reigning Defensive Player of the Year — and ex-Bill — Stephon Gilmore. Buffalo can put White on the opponent’s best receiver and not sweat what will happen,” Brandt explains. “Per Pro Football Focus, White was targeted 83 times without giving up a single receiving touchdown in 2019, the best mark among NFL cornerbacks, while quarterbacks posted a measly passer rating of 43.0 when throwing his way.”"
There is a reason why the Bills haven’t needed an elite offense in order to be competitive – their defense ensures that they don’t have to score a lot of points. If this is the reputation of White around the league, then you can bet any team would be willing to line up to pay him if he ever hits the open the market.
Buffalo needs to make sure that doesn’t happen and while it won’t be cheap, there aren’t many players more deserving of the payday.
Looking at this list and seeing that White did not allow a receiving touchdown in coverage, it’s tough to see how he isn’t in the top 10 especially with Byron Jones ranking ahead of him.
It won’t be long until the contract talks start and the last thing the Bills want is losing White like they did with Stephon Gilmore.
What value do you think White has on the Buffalo Bills roster? Do you think he should be a priority to get under contract over the long term? Let us know in the comments below.