With the loss of Sean Murphy-Bunting, many were questioning the depth of the secondary if the Buccaneers were going to be without starting safety Jordan Whitehead for a second consecutive game to start the season. It appears as though those fears may be tempered just a little bit.
Jordan Whitehead was a full participant in practice on Wednesday as the Bucs begin preparations for their matchup with the division rival Atlanta Falcons at Raymond James Stadium this Sunday. With Whitehead seemingly on the right track, the Bucs could get a key starter back in their secondary against a very talented Falcons offense;
Not much from Bucs practice today — safety Jordan Whitehead is practicing in full for the first time in more than a month. Arians is hopeful he can play Sunday vs. Falcons. Here he is (distantly) warming up … pic.twitter.com/TwvaqMaLFt— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 15, 2021
Now, the Falcons offense didn’t look stellar in week one as they adjust to a new offensive system, but that does not mean they don’t have plenty of playmakers for Matt Ryan to get the ball to. First and foremost, Calvin Ridley has taken over the Julio Jones role as the team’s number one guy. After that, Russell Gage has looked good in games with Atlanta where Julio was out and rookie Kyle Pitts is going to be a major factor for quite some time. Whitehead’s return couldn’t come at a better time after the Bucs defense gave up over 400 yards passing to Dak Prescott a week ago.
Antoine Winfield Jr. spoke about Whitehead’s return following practice Wednesday saying, “It helps a lot - him out there making calls and his overall presence on the field.”
Bruce Arians informed the media that Whitehead was full speed all day and that he “should be good” to play against the Falcons this Sunday.