Lovie Talks Up Da’Quan BowersAugust 24th, 2014
Joe knows DE/DT Da’Quan Bowers is anything but a popular player around these parts of the NFL universe. A second round pick in 2011, Bowers, who has a grand total of 5.5 career sacks and is far more experienced in the cold tub than the line of scrimmage, has been a disappointment.
But when the Bucs released a dozen players today in the process of eventually cutting down to the mandatory 75 players by 4 p.m. Tuesday, Bowers was not on the list (yet).
In equal terms, Bucs coach Lovie Smith has praised and been critical of Bowers lately. After displaying his best series of professional football in the first preseason game at Jacksonville, Bowers once again found himself on the sidelines with a groin injury of some sort.
Last week, Lovie all but said Bowers is watching his spot on the roster roll down the river as he continues to stand on the sidelines in street clothes. With the final preseason game just a few days away and the cutdown to the final 53-man roster around the corner, it might be high time for Bowers to suck up what is normally a brutal injury and try to play through the pain for the sake of his Bucs career.
Today, at his day-after-game presser, Lovie was directly asked about Bowers and Lovie seemed to tap the brakes on the pleas from some Bucs fans to wave goodbye.
“When he was out there, Da’Quan did some good things,” Lovie said. Bowers and Will Gholston, “they did enough before they went down with injuries to really like what we saw.”
Well, now, “really like?”
True, Bowers shined at Jacksonville. However, with his history of injuries, and now he is fighting another, just how much can Lovie depend on the guy? That’s what it comes down to. A guy can be All-Pro material but if he is undependable, what good is he?
Can the coaching staff and front office convince themselves Bowers is worth keeping even if they know he, at some point, will be injured (again). It’s not a case of if Bowers will be injured, but when. Can Lovie justify keeping a roster spot open for a high-priced backup with a history of injury?