Another Bowers Red FlagAugust 11th, 2013
It was Joe who first brought word to the masses 11 days ago that Da’Quan Bowers was wilting in the Florida sun at practice. Joe had been studying Bowers all over the field and saw him succumb. Bowers also was seen fighting the hot-training-camp demons again another day.
Now, after Bowers has been publicly pushed and challenged by the New Schiano Order, yesterday the defensive end admitted he’s not yet adjusted to the pace of practice.
Bowers was asked to assess what he likes and doesn’t like about his 2013 training camp performance.
“I think I’m still a little winded at times,” Bowers said. “I’m not in the best shape, still getting used to the speed of practice. But other than that, (training camp) has been decent. I wasn’t real happy with my game performance [against the Ravens.] A little banged up, no major injuries. But you know, I’m ready to go. Just got to get better and grind.”
Joe knows players are in a tough spot with the media. Raw honesty like Bowers delivered here isn’t such a good thing to feed the media sharks. However, in Joe’s mind, Bowers still getting used “to the speed of practice” this late in training camp is a true red flag. The guy’s 23 years old. He’s healthy. And Schiano has raved about Bowers’ work ethic and how he re-made his body — in a good way — when he was out part of last season rehabilitating a torn Achilles. Bowers shouldn’t still be adjusting.
You can listen to Bowers below. His quote above is in the final minute of the audio, courtesy of WDAE-AM 620.