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