Da’Quan Bowers No. 25June 20th, 2013
No, Da’Quan Bowers didn’t cough up $50,000 to wear No. 25. Besides, that’s an illegal number for an NFL defensive — and a cruel reminder of helmet-wielding, cabbie-slugging, pill-popping, granny-hassling Aqib Talib.
Rather, Pat Yasinskas of ESPN is counting down what he believes to be the top-25 players in the NFC South, and Bowers began the countdown at No. 25.
Why he’s No. 25 in 2013: I’m going out on a limb here and projecting big things from Bowers because that’s exactly what the Buccaneers are doing. They let last year’s sack leader, Michael Bennett, leave via free agency because they believe Bowers is ready to blossom into a force as a pass-rusher. The Bucs went slowly with Bowers as a rookie as he recovered from knee issues and had to follow a similar course last season. But Bowers was a guy that was viewed as an elite pass rusher coming out of college. If he can stay healthy, Bowers should be able to prove the Bucs right and come up with double-digit sacks.
The key phrase there is, “if he is healthy.” Bowers has yet to play a full season in the NFL because of injuries.
Joe knows Bowers has large goals. This year, he has gone on record saying if he doesn’t record sacks in the double-digits, he will be disappointed.
Yes, there’s a lot of pressure on Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman. Joe thinks there is an equal amount of pressure on Bowers because the Bucs must generate real heat on opposing quarterbacks if this teams wants to dance in the NFL postseason gala.