Da’Quan Bowers SpeaksAugust 16th, 2011
The Bucs’ second round pick who was supposed to be the No. 1 overall pick, defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, wants his leash off.
“I’m good, good. Ready to cut it loose,” Bowers told Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan as they hosted their popular Sirius NFL Radio show Movin’ The Chains from One Buc Palace today.
Some other highlights from Bowers’ chat on the glorious Ch. 88 on Sirius.
Bowers was pressed to talk about his first 1-on-1 battle with Jeremy Trueblood. Kirwan told his audience that Trueblood’s the kind of guy that likes to finish blocks and drive you into the ground, so he wanted to know what Bowers’ first taste was like.
“He had to miss a few days of practice and I was hearing all about Trueblood and Davin [Joseph]. The first time I faced [Trueblood] I used my speed on him and it worked,” Bowers said.
Bowers went on to say he got Trueblood good with a “stutter stop and go-inside move and got him” another time. Bowers’ added that another memorable moment for him was when he didn’t realize Trueblood’s strength on got stood up badly.
Bowers said he’s been enjoying learning how to be “an NFL rusher” because “there’s a whole lot of difference between an NFL rusher and a college rusher.” Part of that process, he said, his building his speed. Bowers said he entered camp fit at 285 pounds but, by choice, is down to 277 and hopes to play at 270 on opening day.
“Losing the weight has helped. It’s done everything but hurt me,” Bowers said, adding that he feels more flexible. “As you said, [Kirwan,] its not about the big guy, it’s about the fast guy.”
On getting blocked by a tight end, Bowers said, “If you do, you should be fired.”
Overall, the Movin’ The Chains crew liked Bowers’ attitude and what they heard. Trust Joe, the way they roll, they would have said otherwise. After Bowers’ interview, Kirwan talked about how Browns rookie Jabaal Sheard, taken ahead of Bowers, was saying the wrong things to him at training camp.