Da’Quan Bowers hopes he’s shown the Saints something

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Da’Quan Bowers has been close enough the Saints have some degree of familiarity with him.

But he’s hoping a weekend with them instead of four years against them will help his chances.

The former Buccaneers second-round pick is in this weekend’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, which he hopes gives him a better chance to stick.

It’s way different than a tryout,” Bowers said, via Evan Woodberry of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “You can really show what you can do. You get to show how well you can retain information. It’s just like being in a veteran camp. You get to go on the field and practice and show what you can do.”

Of course, injuries have kept the former Clemson All-American from showing what he can do on the field, after knee problems dropped him for a possible top-10 pick to the second round in 2011.

He has just 7.0 sacks in four seasons, but hopes he can show the Saints enough this weekend to earn a roster spot.

“I’m sure there’s an opportunity,” Bowers said. “If there wasn’t, I don’t think they would have brought me in. We’ll see where it goes. Hopefully they’ll like what they see, and we’ll move forward when the time is right.”

While his knee problems and an Achilles tear in 2012 might have kept him from ever delivering on the promise he showed in college (when he won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the top defensive player), Bowers is grateful for the chance.

10 responses to “Da’Quan Bowers hopes he’s shown the Saints something

  1. Handling his situation the right way.

    Congrats DaQuan. Good things will follow.

  2. Imagine being 25 years old and this being your last chance to have a dream job, where you can afford attorneys to have your charge of carrying a loaded gun into a major metropolitan airport, and try to board a plane,reduced to a 370 dollar fine.. Life is so unfair

  3. Don’t get too excited Saints fans, because in the 4 years Bowers was here in Tampa Bay he was often injured and was benched for being lazy several times.

  4. Rob Ryan knows talent when he sees it! If Bowers still has it? Ryan will see it and keep him and turn him into an all Pro! This guy was a beast in College and showed flashes in Tampa when Healthy. I hope it works out for him! PS not a Saints fan nor a Buck fan.

  5. Although he’s had some tough injury luck, he has also has alot of dog in him. Hopefully he’s learned to appreciate the opportunity, guy has some ability for sure. But DE is a boom or bust position to draft so highly, and you’d have thought the Bucs would have avoided him after going through the Gaines Adams (R.I.P) experience. Same school same position, same result: total bust.

  6. Well, if he can show the Saints something over a weekend I would be thoroughly surprised. He was given every chance under the sun to show the Bucs something over the last 4 years.

  7. Showed flashes in Tampa???

    He averaged 1.75 sacks per season. He played in 50 games… thats 0.14 sacks per game.

    He had 45 solo tackles in those 50 games… thats 0.9 tackles per game… Showed flashes? I don’t think so!

    He was constantly called out for not working hard – Enjoy Saints!

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