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Da’Quan Bowers is no lock to make the Bucs’ roster

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Da’Quan Bowers was viewed as one of the most talented players in the 2011 NFL draft, but he dropped all the way to the middle of the second round because of concerns about whether he could stay healthy. Three years later, those same concerns could cost him a spot on the Buccaneers’ roster.

Bucs coach Lovie Smith said that Bowers, who is currently sitting out practice because of a groin strain, is risking having other players take his roster spot.

“I think every day you don’t practice you’re hurting your chances [of making the team],” Smith said, via the Tampa Times. “We’ve seen enough to like Da’Quan a lot. But all the reps that he’s not getting, someone else is getting them. The best way to beat your competition sometimes is just to stay on the field. You can’t get Wally Pipped. Da’Quan is trying to get back. Again, I think he has a future in the league, whether it be as a defensive end outside or more of a third down rush guy inside.”

Bowers has missed nine games in his three NFL seasons and hasn’t been the kind of explosive pass rusher he was expected to be heading into the draft, with just 5.5 sacks in his career. Bowers still has some work to do to convince Smith he belongs on the Bucs, and Bowers can’t do that work if he’s stuck on the sidelines.

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37 Responses to “Da’Quan Bowers is no lock to make the Bucs’ roster”
  1. bucingnasty says: Aug 21, 2014 6:43 AM

    Can he play guard?

  2. wryly1 says: Aug 21, 2014 6:53 AM

    Sometimes the best ability is availability. Can’t help the club from the tub.

  3. sethb222 says: Aug 21, 2014 7:10 AM

    Lovie didn’t draft him… No strings attached. Either step up or go home.

  4. hansenbrothers says: Aug 21, 2014 7:14 AM

    Man, I thought he was a lock that draft.

  5. fitz66 says: Aug 21, 2014 7:24 AM

    Funny how he blames Schiano for his poor play. Who gets the blame now?

  6. ctiggs says: Aug 21, 2014 7:38 AM


  7. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 21, 2014 7:43 AM

    He was such a draft steal. LOL

  8. honkeyt says: Aug 21, 2014 7:59 AM

    Perfect example of my philosophy of why you don’t draft a player high based on one year of collegiate production. Give me multiple years of consistent production to show you deserve to be drafted in the 1st or 2nd round. Some people had this guy going top 5 that year. The league is littered with guys like this. Kudos to a guy like Vic Beasley who returned to school to work on their craft, technique and consistency to be the best player he can be once he reaches the NFL level.

  9. newdayintampabay says: Aug 21, 2014 8:02 AM

    He’s not an asset to the team. Rotational player at best since he was drafted but he never seems to make progress. Only reason he’s been on the roster this long is because of the high ceiling he COULD’VE had coming out of college.

    Maybe they can try him out at RG before letting him go

  10. unlimitedcriticism says: Aug 21, 2014 8:08 AM

    Lovie has to watch his word choice. When the head coach openly says guys will be cut if they’re injured, players start making dumb health decisions.

  11. notthetroll says: Aug 21, 2014 8:11 AM

    Too bad. I hope he gets and stays healthy.

  12. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 21, 2014 8:17 AM

    LOL what a bust. Goldielocks in Houston will soon follow.

  13. jimmy53 says: Aug 21, 2014 8:18 AM


  14. pftcoachmen says: Aug 21, 2014 8:19 AM

    Sadly, his health has always handcuffed him.

    He will play as a rotational player for someone.

  15. aquineas1 says: Aug 21, 2014 8:23 AM

    Sounds to me that Lovie Smith is trying to send Mr. Bowers a message more than anything else…

  16. rdstpa2 says: Aug 21, 2014 8:32 AM

    I hope he can earn a spot. It seems like schiano and all his schemes hurt the pass rush. I would love to see him in this defense and see if he is who we all hoped he was when he was drafted. Gerald McCoy is going to be a beast in this defence and I hope Bowers can get back on the field soon and convince Lovie he belongs and then have a solid year and many more.

  17. jimmysee says: Aug 21, 2014 8:50 AM

    “Wally Pipped.”

    Love it!

    We know the story.

    Lovie is all right.

  18. 4thandlonger says: Aug 21, 2014 8:55 AM

    If NFL teams had any clue how to condition players he’d be fit.

    It’s strength AND conditioning.

    For most NFL teams it’s strength and rehab.

  19. bassplucker says: Aug 21, 2014 9:14 AM

    I can see the Bears signing him to the same deal they just signed Santonio Holmes… just to see if he has anything left in the tank and will respond to a change of scenery.

  20. floriospftflunkies says: Aug 21, 2014 9:24 AM


  21. gayforbrady says: Aug 21, 2014 9:29 AM

    Lovie Smith is the Bust.

    Traded Michael Williams and won’t bring in incognito.

  22. sb44champs says: Aug 21, 2014 9:48 AM

    Several years of questionable drafts seems to be catching up with the Bucs..

  23. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 21, 2014 9:49 AM

    Lovie Smith is in way over his head. Everyone knows why he got the job, and it isn’t because of his coaching ability.

  24. nowillrepeat says: Aug 21, 2014 10:04 AM

    Really cant think of one legit Clemson player in the NFL, they all bust.

  25. shaggyjeff says: Aug 21, 2014 10:13 AM

    Great person, average player so far

  26. sportstalkprofessional says: Aug 21, 2014 10:28 AM

    Welcome to Dallas!

  27. yesrowntreeyesgrosvener says: Aug 21, 2014 11:23 AM

    Smart teams don’t hold onto a player based on draft status or price. It’s a sunk cost, and if he can’t stay healthy, he should be cut. Harsh, but true.

  28. mkelly534 says: Aug 21, 2014 11:32 AM

    They let Michael Bennett walk with no compensation because they thought Bowers was ready to break out. Dumb move but the Seahawks thank them for it

  29. rolltide510 says: Aug 21, 2014 12:18 PM

    Really no shame in taking this guy in the middle of the second round IMO. If he’d have gotten healthy he’d have been a steal, but sometimes you roll the dice and lose.

  30. lalder95 says: Aug 21, 2014 1:28 PM

    I wanted my bears to take him so bad… Dodged a bullet

  31. djshnooks says: Aug 21, 2014 1:31 PM

    Good, he can replace Jerry Hughes when the Bills decide to let him walk…and come resurrect his career there like Jerry did.

    Bring in Nick Fairley too!

  32. sb44champs says: Aug 21, 2014 1:32 PM

    So how come some teams roll the dice and win more than they lose (Saints, Patriots, etc) and some teams lose more than they win (Bucs, Failcons, etc)… It’s called having a competent scouting department and not every team has one

  33. ashevillebucs says: Aug 21, 2014 1:59 PM

    “So how come some teams roll the dice and win more than they lose (Saints, Patriots, etc) and some teams lose more than they win (Bucs, Failcons, etc)… It’s called having a competent scouting department and not every team has one.”
    Really, shall we list all of the DB’s the Patriots drafted and missed on since Big Bill has been in town. Not to mention a certain murderer, then not only drafted but reinvested in with a healthy contract extension.

    Every team has some players that were picked high in the draft that did not meet expectations. And, every team has some players they picked in the later rounds that exceeded expectations. It happens. Bowers, is just another pedestrian player drafted in the middle of the 2nd round. The NFL is littered with guys just like him.

    As a Bucs fan, I can say with certainty, the Bucs biggest problem through the years has been a lack of quality coaching. Which is why there is a long list of players drafted by Tampa that found success in other cities. Obviously, Dungy was an exception. Lovie had success in Tampa as a position coach and in St. Louis as a Defensive Coordinator, in addition to taking the Bears to a Super Bowl. Lovie can turn this ship around, probably not in year one. But, he’ll do fine.

  34. scotrugby says: Aug 21, 2014 1:59 PM

    “Lovie Smith is in way over his head. Everyone knows why he got the job, and it isn’t because of his coaching ability.”

    I live in the Chicago area and believe me I saw enough of the Lovie Show to know it was time for him to depart, but saying he is in way over his head? Not a chance. The guy is better than most of the head coaches in the NFL right now.

    Is he elite? No. But I think he is above average though.

  35. orivar says: Aug 21, 2014 2:23 PM

    sethb222 says: Aug 21, 2014 7:10 AM

    Lovie didn’t draft him… No strings attached. Either step up or go home.

    You don’t step up from a groin injury.

  36. labucs says: Aug 21, 2014 4:46 PM


  37. whysomanylosers says: Aug 22, 2014 1:12 PM

    I put him at about 25% chance of making the team… then about 50% chance of signing with another team if cut.

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