Jordan Whitehead

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Jordan Whitehead
No. 31 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Position:Safety
Personal information
Born: (1997-03-18) March 18, 1997 (age 22)
Monaca, Pennsylvania
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school:Central Valley
Monaca, Pennsylvania
College:Pittsburgh
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 4 / Pick: 117
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2019
Total tackles:103
Sacks:0.0
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Interceptions:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Jordan Tyler Whitehead (born March 18, 1997) is an American football safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Pittsburgh.

Early years[edit]

Whitehead attended Central Valley High School in Monaca, Pennsylvania. In addition to playing football, he also ran track. He played on both sides of the ball for Central Valley and was a starter since his freshman year. As a senior, Whitehead caught 24 passes for 471 yards along with rushing for 1,933 yards on 148 attempts. He totaled 35 touchdowns along with tallying 97 tackles and seven interceptions.[1] Whitehead committed to play football for the Pittsburgh Panthers on October 3, 2014, choosing the Panthers over the likes of Penn State and West Virginia.[2]

College career[edit]

As a true freshman in 2015, Whitehead played in all 13 of Pittsburgh's games, starting in the last 12. Offensively, he carried the ball 12 times for 122 yards resulting in two touchdowns. On defense, he tallied 108 tackles, one interception, six pass deflections and one fumble recovery.[3] He was named the ACC’s Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association[4] along with being named to USA Today's All-American Team, being named the ACC's Defensive Rookie of the Year, and being named to the ACC's All-Conference Third-Team.[5]

In 2016, Whitehead played in Pitt's first nine games before missing their last three due to injury.[6] In nine games, Whitehead compiled 65 tackles, one interception returned 59 yards for a touchdown, two pass deflections and a forced fumble along with rushing for 98 yards on nine attempts.[7]

As a junior in 2017 Whitehead missed Pitt's first three games,[8] but played in the last nine. Defensively, he tallied 60 tackles, four pass deflections, and one interception. On offense, he ran the ball 22 times for 142 yards and caught two passes for seven yards.[9] After the season, Whitehead declared for the 2018 NFL Draft, foregoing his senior year.[10]

Professional career[edit]

External video
Jordan Whitehead’s NFL Combine Workout
NFL Draft Profile: Jordan Whitehead
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 10 in
(1.78 m)
198 lb
(90 kg)
29 34 in
(0.76 m)
8 12 in
(0.22 m)
4.59 s 1.61 s 2.66 s 4.31 s 7.16 s 34 in
(0.86 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
14 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pittsburgh’s Pro Day[11]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

2018 season[edit]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Whitehead in the fourth round (117th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Whitehead was the 10th safety drafted in 2018.[12]

External video
Buccaneers draft Whitehead 117th overall

On May 10, 2018, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Whitehead to a four-year, $3.12 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $667,257.[13]

Throughout training camp, Whitehead competed for a role as a starting safety against Keith Tandy, Chris Conte, and Justin Evans.[14] Head coach Dirk Koetter named Whitehead the third backup free safety on the depth chart, behind Chris Conte and Keith Tandy.[15]

He made his professional regular season debut in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ season-opening 48–40 victory at the New Orleans Saints. Whitehead was inactive for the Buccaneers’ Week 4 loss at the Chicago Bears due to a shoulder and hamstring injury.[16] On October 14, 2018, Whitehead earned his first career start after Chris Conte was placed on injured reserve due to a knee injury. Whitehead finished the Buccaneers’ 34–29 loss at the Atlanta Falcons with six combined tackles. In Week 12, he collected a season-high ten solo tackles and broke up two pass attempts during a 27–9 win against the San Francisco 49ers.[17] He finished his rookie season in 2018 with 76 combined tackles (61 solo) and four pass deflections in 15 games and 11 starts.[18]

2019 season[edit]

Whitehead recorded his first career interception in a 55-40 win over the Los Angeles Rams. [19]

Statistics[edit]

Year Team G GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Comb Total Ast Sack Sfty PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR Yds TDs
2018 Tampa Bay 15 11 76 61 15 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 Tampa Bay 4 4 19 14 5 0 0 4 1 11 11.0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 19 15 95 75 20 0 0 8 1 11 11.0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Personal life[edit]

Whitehead is the cousin of former NFL cornerback Darrelle Revis. [20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jordan Whitehead". The Official Athletic Site of the University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  2. ^ "Penn State Target Jordan Whitehead Commits to Pitt". Black Shoe Diaries. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  3. ^ "Jordan Whitehead 2015 Player Statistics". cfbstats. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "Jordan Whitehead". The Official Athletic Site of the University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  5. ^ "Jordan Whitehead named to Sporting News Freshman All-American Team". Cardiac Hill. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  6. ^ "Pitt's Jordan Whitehead leaves game after suffering horrific arm injury". the Score. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  7. ^ "Jordan Whitehead 2016 Player Statistics". cfbstats. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  8. ^ "Pitt safety Jordan Whitehead grateful for return to football field". Trib Live. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  9. ^ "Jordan Whitehead 2017 Player Statistics". cfbstats. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  10. ^ "Pitt star Jordan Whitehead declares for NFL draft". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  11. ^ "NFL Draft Profile: Jordan Whitehead". NFL.com. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  12. ^ "With the 117th pick, the Buccaneers grab Jordan Whitehead". BucsNation.com. April 28, 2018. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  13. ^ "Spotrac.com: Jordan Whitehead contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  14. ^ Auman, Greg (August 2, 2018). "Bucs safeties hope preseason can help iron out new helmet-related rules". TampaBay.com. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  15. ^ "Ourlads.com: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Depth Chart: 10/01/2017". Ourlads.com. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  16. ^ "Buccaneers' Jordan Whitehead: Draws questionable tag". CBSSports.com. September 28, 2018. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  17. ^ "NFL Player stats: Jordan Whitehead (2018)". NFL.com. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  18. ^ "NFL Player stats: Jordan Whitehead (career)". NFL.com. Retrieved January 2, 2019.
  19. ^ "Winston throws 4 TD passes, Buccaneers outlast Rams 55-40". www.espn.com. September 29, 2019. Retrieved September 29, 2019.
  20. ^ David Harrison. "Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jordan Whitehead on Darrelle Revis influence". thepewterplank.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.

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