DJ Swearinger’s bravado is not Roddy White’s cup of coffee, apparently.
When White, a four-time Pro Bowler, was asked about Swearinger, entering only his second NFL season, and the two flags for unsportsmanlike conduct Swearinger drew in the Houston Texans 32-7 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons Saturday, he bristled.
“Not really my flavor,” White said. “Any guy that goes out there and talks all day — you know, you’ve gotta be able to play. All that rah rah at the end of the day means nothing if you don’t go out there and make plays.”
Swearinger actually had a solid night, logging four tackles overall and a pass deflection in the second quarter. But on said pass deflection, Swearinger was flagged for excessive celebration. The Falcons scored a touchdown on the very next play.
The Texans sideline drew a flag for apparently going too far in the fourth quarter on Andre Hal’s 64 yard pick-six, for a display that included Swearinger and Kareem Jackson sprinting down the sideline with glee.
Things White doesn’t think a player of Swearinger’s stature should be doing.
“Once he starts playing and making plays, I think he’ll be a good player,” White said. “But until that point, I have no idea.”
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