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Agent says Da’Quan Bowers is “way ahead of schedule”

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Throughout the draft process, the agent for Da’Quan Bowers fought an uphill battle against reports of his client’s knee issues.

Once seen as a potential top-five pick, Bowers fell deep into the second round to the Bucs.  Many teams seemed believed Bowers wouldn’t get to a second contract and thought he may still need microfracture surgery.

“I do know what people have said,” Bowers’ agent Joe Flanagan said told Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times. “But given the procedure in January, he’s way ahead of schedule.”

Flanagan believes Bowers is already past the riskiest part of his recovery.

“Dr. Andrews said if there were going to be problems, they’d show up pretty quick,” Flanagan said. “He hasn’t had any swelling, soreness or pain. He hasn’t had to back off at all. He didn’t have a good workout on the field [at his Pro Day] but the fact that he did the workout at all was impressive.”

If Flanagan is right, the Bucs got the steal of the draft.  If not, the other 31 teams were right.

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17 Responses to “Agent says Da’Quan Bowers is “way ahead of schedule””
  1. hobartbaker says: May 17, 2011 6:16 PM

    Other than a slight ache and $40 million fewer dollars than he anticipated, Da’Quan has no lingering issues.

  2. akhhorus says: May 17, 2011 6:21 PM

    Is this the same agent who claimed that no team thought Bowers was a medical risk? And denied that he had any knee problems?

  3. lgbarn says: May 17, 2011 6:36 PM

    Glad he’s ahead of schedule. No rush right now because there is no football. Glad the Bucs picked him in the second round.

  4. srwswish says: May 17, 2011 6:39 PM

    Great News! Glad the Bucs got him!! We look forward to the new D playing like the old one used to! And not to mention, we now have an offense that rolls people!! Watch out for this team!

  5. mondzy805 says: May 17, 2011 6:57 PM

    What else is his agent gonna say. Only time will tell.

  6. JackLeone says: May 17, 2011 6:59 PM

    The Lions should have taken him too. Dr. Andrews have the green light

  7. sneaky1632 says: May 17, 2011 7:09 PM

    Relax buddy, it’s not contract time yet, same the BS untill then.

  8. possiblecabbage says: May 17, 2011 7:11 PM

    I don’t think it’s necessarily the case that “31 NFL teams were wrong” if Bowers works out. Remember that even though the media doesn’t report on it, one of the most important things about evaluating draft prospects is “schematic fit.”

    Bowers, for example, doesn’t project well in a 3-4 defense where he doesn’t really have the athleticism to play in space and he’s not quite big enough to be a 5-technique. So a 3-4 team may well have passed on him not because of his knee, but because even if he’s completely healthy he might not help the team much.

  9. simplesimon1 says: May 17, 2011 7:27 PM

    Good job Bucs!!! You got the steal of the draft….See you week one, hopefully, as the two newest up and coming teams meet, the Lions and Bucs…. Great pick up!!!!

  10. ezmoover says: May 17, 2011 8:25 PM

    This agent is a broken record. He keeps saying the same thing about Bowers health being just fine.

    Of course, since agents, by their very nature, are dead honest and forthright, Bowers agent is correct and ALL 32 teams that passed in the first round are wrong.

  11. layden18 says: May 17, 2011 8:27 PM

    That’s a lil crazy playoffs maybe super bowl not this year give it a few and they might.

  12. blountforce says: May 17, 2011 8:51 PM

    srwswish says:
    May 17, 2011 6:39 PM
    Great News! Glad the Bucs got him!! We look forward to the new D playing like the old one used to! And not to mention, we now have an offense that rolls people!! Watch out for this team!

    _____________________________

    I agree…. and this Buc fan hasn’t been this excited since 2003.

  13. rcali says: May 17, 2011 9:52 PM

    Sure he is! Why wouldn’t we believe his agent?

  14. paulieorkid says: May 17, 2011 10:53 PM

    Gregg Rosenthal concluded: “If Flanagan is right, the Bucs got the steal of the draft. If not, the other 31 teams were right.”

    - – - -

    Gregg, I don’t know if that’s the proper deduction to draw in this instance.

    One key reason is many teams run a 3-4, and Bowers (even if healthy) could not hold up as a 5 technique DL – nor would Bowers make sense at OLB. As such, many of the other 31 teams may not have been passing judgment on Bowers one way or the other – since he did not fit into their plans.

    Still other teams may have tried to address more pressing needs in other areas. Look at all the teams that arguably reached at QB out of need.

    The other part of your conclusion that may be suspect is when it speaks of “the other 31 teams,” — while Tampa themselves passed on Bowers with a mid/low first rounder, and didn’t select him until more than 50 picks deep into the draft.

    Similar, though different in degree, was when the Patriots hit the jackpot by drafting Tom Brady with the 199th pick in the ’00 draft.

    The “other 31 teams” weren’t “wrong” and the Patriots weren’t the one “right” team. Rather, ALL 32 teams had no idea how legendary Brady would be. Had the Patriots known or even strongly suspected, they wouldn’t have let Brady sit there for the taking until near the very end of the draft. Who’d risk losing a shot a first ballot Hall of Fame QB by passing on him in the fifth round?

    Just sayin’.

  15. eaglesfan290 says: May 17, 2011 11:56 PM

    32 team doctors disagree

  16. bjdykes25 says: May 18, 2011 1:30 AM

    If he ends up being the superstar that he was at Clemson, then Mark Dominik will look like a genius for this pick and will create some long days for Matt Ryan and Drew Brees.

  17. eaglesnoles05 says: May 18, 2011 2:45 PM

    Privately, teams also said if they could get their medical staff to clear the move, they’d bring in Joe Montana as well.

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