The Buccaneers’ 2017 linebacking trio of Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander and Kendell Beckwith has since disbanded, with Alexander departing for San Francisco and Beckwith residing on Tampa Bay’s reserve/NFI list. And Beckwith may not intend to come back.
Sidelined because of a fractured ankle suffered in a 2018 car accident, Beckwith will miss all of 2019 as well. As of now, the former third-round pick is “likely done with football,” Jenna Laine of ESPN.com tweets.
Beckwith started 11 games and played in 16 for the Bucs two years ago. He returned to practice in October of last year but was shut down for the season in November. Beckwith’s 2019 did not get off the ground, with the Bucs placing the LSU product on the reserve/NFI list in May. They have since changed coaching staffs and schemes. They drafted one of Beckwith’s former college teammates, Devin White, at No. 5 overall and added former Bruce Arians–Todd Bowles cogs Deone Bucannon and Kevin Minter this offseason.
Beckwith, 24, made 73 tackles as a rookie. He is still under contract with the Bucs and has yet to file any retirement paperwork. But it appears that unfortunate offseason accident irrevocably altered his career.
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