Donte Whitner Defending the Deep Ball: A Mock Interview

Matt SchaeferCorrespondent IMay 28, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - OCTOBER 1:  Safety Donte Whitner #20 of the Buffalo Bills looks on against the Minnesota Vikings at Ralph Wilson Stadium on October 1, 2006 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills defeated the Vikings 17-12.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Donte Whitner is entering his fourth season in the National Football League and is looking to help take the Buffalo Bills over the hump and into the postseason.

Whitner was the Bills first round selection in the 2006 NFL draft—eighth overall. He has been productive in his first three seasons and has been one of the Bills most versatile and durable defensive backs over the past few seasons.

Below are the questions that I would ask if I could get a minute of Donte Whitner's time


Last season you made the guaranteed that the Bills would be playing postseason football for the first time this decade. The team ultimately fell short of that prediction.

Do you feel the same way about the Bills this season and did missing the playoffs last season push you even harder this offseason?

Taking a look at the schedule for this season, is there a game that you are looking forward to the most?

The Bills are looking at you at the free safety position for this upcoming season after you have spent your first two years mostly at strong safety. Do you prefer to play at the free safety spot or do you like playing strong safety more?

The Bills played very good against the pass last season, ranking 13th in the league in pass defense. Despite this, the Bills struggled to force turnovers. 

Do you think this season will bring the same success against the passing game for the secondary and what can be done to force more turnovers?

How would you rate the Bills defensive unit overall?

Last season you were used all over the field. How did you become such a versatile player? 

How did it feel to be selected by your teammates last season as a team captain and did it come as a surprise to you?

Seeing as you are going against him from the other side of the ball everyday, how would you describe the progression of Trent Edwards from his rookie year to now?

Speaking of facing the offense in pratice, is it still weired to you sometimes that a player like Terrell Owens is lining up on the other side of the ball or has he settled in nicely with you and your teammates here?

There have been quite a few blogggers and writers that have labeled you as a "bust," which you have spoken against. Is this extra motivation for you to go out there and produce every Sunday, or do you just brush it off and play.

Last question. 

You are very active in the community helping out multiple foundations and underprivileged kids in the Buffalo area. What do you want kids to take away from your actions and do you think of yourself as a role model, not only to the people in the community but also to other players in the league?