Mason Foster had 13 tackles in Sunday’s thriller at MetLife Stadium, his second-highest single-game total after a 15-stop performance against Dallas last September 17. Foster is currently the Buccaneers’ leading tackler through two games, with 19, but he’s getting an awful lot of help from two of his newest teammates.
All three of the players the Buccaneers drafted within the first 58 picks of the 2012 NFL Draft are starting for the team already, as Doug Martin is the team’s new lead back and Mark Barron and Lavonte David are giving the defense a new hard-hitting look.
Both Barron and David are on the field for virtually every defensive snap, and they have already shown a knack for finding the ballcarrier. David has 14 tackles through two games and Barron has pitched in with 13. That puts them at the very top of the list of rookie tacklers so far this season.
David, in fact, is tied for first in that category with Minnesota safety Harrison Smith. Just behind those two, Barron and Tennessee linebacker Zach Brown are tied for third on the list. Rounding out the top five are a pair of cornerbacks with 12 tackles, Buffalo’s Stephon Gilmore and Carolina’s Josh Norman.