Albert Haynesworth Now A MentorNovember 30th, 2011
Yesterday Joe caught up with Bucs rookie defensive end Da’Quan Bowers in St. Petersburg making an appearance promoting the Under Armour All American Bowl Jan. 5 at the Fruitdome.
Sunday against the Titans, Bowers logged his first start of his career. He didn’t do too bad, showing flashes of why he was considered one of the top draft prospects in 2011, until scares about his knee dropped him to the second round where the Bucs picked him up.
“I did pretty good,” Bowers said of his start. :”I just have to build on it and get better. If you are not getting better, you are not doing something right. Each and every day you should be learning soemthing and getting better.”
And while Bowers claimed he learned a lot starting last Sunday — he wouldn’t go into details what he learned — but he has learned equally from defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth in his short stint with the Bucs.
“I knew playing with Albert and Adrian Clayborn, there would be opportunties because it will take more than one blocker to hold those guys back,” Bowers said. “Albert has not been here very long but he is doing the types of things that we needed on the defensive line. We needed a vocal leader, especially with Gerald [McCoy] being down. With his absence, there has been a void and Albert is doing a great job of that.”