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Tre'Davious Tracker: White back in Defensive Rookie of the Year discussion

Tre'Davious White sealed the deal for the Bills in Kansas City with an interception late in the fourth quarter.

Against the Chiefs, Buffalo's 2017 first-round pick allowed two catches for 19 yards on five passes thrown in his target area. Those numbers, along with his game-winning interception, equated to a 11.7 passer rating allowed, the third-lowest in Week 12 among the 40 cornerbacks who were targeted at least five times.

His overall PFF grade was +1.8, the 20th-best figure among 102 qualifiers at his position. His coverage grade of +2.1 ranked 12th.

On 746 snaps so far this season, White owns PFF's ninth-best overall grade (+12.9) among cornerbacks and the sixth-best coverage grade (+12.0). He's now tied for second in pass breakups (10) and has surrendered a passer rating of 78.8, the 38th-best figure out of 119 qualifiers.

He'll face one of his most difficult matchups of the season in Week 13 against Tom Brady and Brandin Cooks. On the year, the Brady-to-Cooks connections has yielded 51 receptions, 869 yards and five touchdowns on 77 targets. That equates to a 125.9 quarterback rating, which is the fifth-highest in football out of 89 qualifying receivers.

It'll be interesting to see if White follows Cooks throughout the game. Despite having prototypical slot receiver size, the 5'10" Cooks has only run 17.9 percent of his routes from the slot this season. Conversely, White has only covered the slot on 19 snaps out of the 453 pass-coverage snaps (4.1 percent) he's played so far this season.

There's a good chance White and Cooks match up often on Sunday.

(Grades and stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus)

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