Lovie Smith “pretty pleased” with Da’Quan Bowers

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During the offseason, Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said that defensive end Da’Quan Bowers “needs to prove” that he’s good enough to have a role on the Tampa defense in the 2014 season.

Bowers had no argument with the coach’s assessment and Smith said Thursday that the early results from training camp have been promising for the 2011 second-round pick. Smith said that he has been “pretty pleased” with what he’s seen from Bowers, particularly his ability to play both inside and outside on the defensive line.

“He could help us quite a bit because, as a general rule, we’ll [dress] three [tackles] and three ends and we’ll want our seventh [lineman] to be able to play both inside and out,” Smith said, via the Tampa Tribune. “And that’s what you have in Da’Quan. He’s right in between — big enough to rush inside on third downs and a good anchor outside on first down. So he gives us some flexibility. And I know he’s been injured a lot, but he hasn’t missed a beat since I’ve been here.”

Bowers will need to stay healthy and keep his motor high if he’s going to continue to earn playing time on Tampa’s defensive line this season, but it certainly seems to be there for the taking if he’s able to tap into the talent that made him such a high pick in the first place.

14 responses to “Lovie Smith “pretty pleased” with Da’Quan Bowers

  1. Any news on the NFL’s investigation into the illegal release of Josh Freeman’s medical records?!?

  2. I’ll believe it when I see it. Heard similar things last season during training camp and preseason but it didn’t pan out when it mattered. I’ll be pleasantly surprised if he turns it around, but I’m not holding my breath.

  3. doctorrustbelt,
    No, and you won’t because it was Freeman’s camp that leaked it. That would embarrass the NFLPA. I’m no Schiano fan, but it would have been dumb and pointless for him to do something like that.

    On Bowers, he still has an uphill battle for a roster spot. If Lovie is only dressing 7 D linemen, that’s Johnson, McCoy, McDonald, Spence all but guaranteed, with Clayborn, Bowers, Gholston, Means, Sutton and Cummings fighting for the last 3 spots. I can see rookies Cummings and Sutton being stashed on the practice squad, Clayborn and Gholston making the roster, and the final spot being between Means and Bowers. Preseason will tell the story.

  4. The only positives from Greg Schiano:

    1. He identified pretty early on that Josh Freeman’s heart wasn’t into football, although sadly, it took too long for Mark Dominik and/or ownership to also recognize this and resulted in the release (instead of trade) of Josh…and no, Schiano and the Bucs did not leak Freeman’s medical records, which is why we’ve never seen the findings of the NFLPA investigation.

    2. Schiano drafted some talented players. Say what you will about them passing on Kuechly for Mark Barron, but that was done primarily because of Jimmy Graham being in the division and the Bucs secondary being weak. But Schiano did play a hand in drafting Doug Martin and especially Lavonte David, who is every bit as good as Kuechly.

    That’s pretty much it. Schiano did weed out players like Kellen Winslow, who were overpaid and were not good locker room fits, but I can’t really list it as a positive because the team also let guys like Michael Bennett go for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. Heck, the Bucs also let George Selvie go and both guys play positions the Bucs lacked depth in.

    Let’s see if Lovie can do anything with Bowers, because if he can’t make it with the new regime, it’s probably the end of the road.

  5. Third year I’ve heard this about Bowers, and just not believing it. The Bucs’ DE situation has been pretty lousy for a few years, and he hasn’t been able to crack the starting rotation. Now that it’s improved with the addition of Michael Johnson, I’m not exactly inclined to believe that’s going to make things better for him.

  6. Defensive players — and in particular, highly talented D-Linemen — are Lovie’s favorite people in the whole world. If you can’t catch a break as a DL with Lovie, it’s probably not going to work out for you anyplace else, either.

  7. doctorrustbelt,
    And what benefit did the team have to do so? It was obvious they weren’t gonna extend his contract, so why damage what little trade value he may have had at the time? It just doesn’t make sense. It does make sense that Freeman and/or his agent would do so to obtain his outright release because he pouted like a 5 year old when he got benched and threw his teammates under the bus. That worked out well for ol’ #5.

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Aug 1, 2014 10:43 AM

    schiano/glazer leaked it.

    If so, the NFLPA would have triumphantly announced
    it long.

    They didn’t. So as many have already said, it was the Freeman camp.

    So you can stop with this nonsense, IT’S OVER with!

  9. doctorrustbelt = Josh Freeman’s Mom

    Why do you care? What is it going to prove by finding out who leaked it?

    Josh Freeman came in as a rookie and worked hard enough to “earn” the starting job in 2010. I am not sure what happened to him, but every year after that was a steady decline in work ethic. He got bounced from the Bucs, the Vikes and then from the Giants (during offseason OTAs).
    Sooo, I do not see where finding out who leaked his “Medical Records” will do anything to help his NFL career.

    Maybe doctorrustbelt is not JFs mom, but one of those ambulance chaser lawyers…

  10. Now.. on to DQB.

    I thought about him being that “tweener” DL…. but usually that guy is someone with something to prove, high motor, and a lot of heart. I dont see DQB being that guy. Hopefully he proves me wrong.

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