Tre'Davious Tracker: Gronkowski's dirty hit overshadows stellar game from Bills' rookie cornerback - The Buffalo News

Share this article

print logo

Tre'Davious Tracker: Gronkowski's dirty hit overshadows stellar game from Bills' rookie cornerback

Against the Patriots, Tre'Davious White was the recipient of one of the dirtiest hits we've witnessed in the NFL in quite some time, but before that personal foul, Buffalo's rookie cornerback pieced together another strong outing while facing one of the league's most potent passing attacks.

White received an overall Pro Football Focus grade of +2.5, which featured a +2.4 grade in coverage. Those grades were respectively the ninth-best and eighth-best in Week 13 among 98 qualifying cornerbacks.

On three targets in his coverage area, he gave up two receptions for 34 yards with one interception. That equated to a passer rating of 65.3. He also had four tackles with two stops and did not miss a tackle in Buffalo's loss to the Patriots.

White allowed one reception to Rob Gronkowski for 30 yards on two targets (on a play in which he nearly came down with a pick). The other catch he gave up was a four-yard gain to Brandin Cooks.

The former LSU star's +15.4 overall grade is now the sixth-best among 116 qualifiers at his position and just +0.2 points behind fellow rookie Marshon Lattimore of the Saints. His coverage grade of +14.5 is the fifth-best in football.

White has seen 63 targets and surrendered 32 catches, which is a catch rate of 50.8, the 15th-lowest in the NFL among qualifying cornerbacks.

At this point, White seems to be neck-and-neck with Lattimore for the Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Shane Conlan was the last Bills player to win the DROY. That happened in 1987.

White was listed as a limited participant in practice on Wednesday but is still in the concussion protocol per head coach Sean McDermott.

(Grades and stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus.)

Story topics:

There are no comments - be the first to comment