After respectable showings against Amari Cooper and Mike Evans, Tre'Davious White had his worst game as a rookie against the Jets on Thursday Night Football in Week 9.
And much of that had to do with his uncharacteristically bad showing as a tackler.
White received an overall grade of -3.1 from Pro Football Focus, a score that included a -1.8 as a run-stopper.
On his first 472 snaps as a professional, the first-round pick missed a total of three tackles. Against the Jets, White whiffed on four tackle attempts.
He allowed three catches on four targets for 37 yards and one touchdown, which equated to a passer rating of 142.7, by far the highest figure he's given up in a single game this season.
Despite White's recent dip in production, he's still PFF's No. 9 overall cornerback. He has an +8.8 overall grade and a +8.7 grade in coverage. He was surpassed by Rashaan Melvin of the Colts in pass breakups. White has nine by PFF's count. Melvin has 10.
White has given up 24 receptions on 48 targets, and he's allowing a passer rating of 89.8 on throws in his coverage area, which is the 56th best out of 115 qualifying cornerbacks.
Through Week 9 a season ago, Stephon Gilmore was surrendering a passer rating of 89.0 and had five pass breakups. His overall PFF grade of -5.2 was 104th out of 118 qualifiers at the position.
White will likely see plenty of second-year pro Michael Thomas against the Saints, who's currently PFF's No. 12 wide receiver. Drew Brees has a passer rating of 94.3 when throwing his way.
It'll be a challenge for White, but he's certainly dealt with plenty of those as a rookie. It will be interesting to see if he can rebound from his worst performance of the season last week. Buffalo's defense will likely need a strong performance from him against the Saints.
(Grades and stats courtesy of Pro Football Focus)
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