BUSY DAY FOR LINEBACK­ERS

Tampa Bay Times - - Bucs -

To­day should be a day to shine for Bucs lineback­ers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexan­der, know­ing how much the Bears leaned on run­ning backs Jor­dan Howard and rookie Tarik Co­hen last week.

Co­hen was tar­geted 12 times with eight catches, in­clud­ing a 19-yard touch­down, and he had a 46-yard carry to set up an­other score be­fore half­time. Howard rushed for 89 yards in the first half last year be­fore suf­fer­ing an an­kle in­jury, so the Bucs’ de­fen­sive goal will start with con­tain­ing him to set up third-and-long si­t­u­a­tions.

Don’t for­get rookie line­backer Ken­dell Beck­with as part of this equa­tion. The Bucs should be in base de­fense more as the Bears won’t have a ton of three-WR looks, so he’ll play a big role in run stop­ping in his NFL de­but.

LOREN EL­LIOTT | Times

The Bucs’ Lavonte David leads a line­backer corps that could be in for a busy day against the Bears.

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