Stock Falling: Da’Quan BowersApril 29th, 2014
Of all the players who seem to be in the crosshairs of Bucs fans, defensive end Da’Quan Bowers appears to lead the way. Since he was drafted in the second round in 2011, Bowers, once thought to be the premiere pass rusher in all of college football, has been equally disappointing in the NFL.
Now entering his fourth season with his third head coach and second general manager, the sands in the hourglass of Bowers’ are just about dry. No one understands this better than ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas, who believes Bowers’ future with the Bucs is on much thinner ice than it appears.
Da’Quan Bowers. He didn’t take part in drills [at voluntary minicamp] as he recovers from an unspecified injury. Some players can afford to miss minicamp. Bowers isn’t one of them. The defensive end might have trouble even making the regular-season roster.
Pretty bold statement about Bowers not making it to September, but it’s not far-fetched. Look, new Bucs coach Lovie Smith and new general manager Jason Licht have zero invested in Bowers. They have already shown scant patience for players who were unable to get results.
Bowers will tell you that in the rare times he was allowed to go after the quarterback last year, he was able to generate heat. The clock is ticking, however, on Bowers louder than a bartender yelling at Joe for another beer.
L&L have already loaded up on defensive linemen in free agency and drafting another lineman is not out of the question. Second-year lineman Will Gholston has shown more ability in a handful of games as a rookie than Bowers has shown in three years.
With a defensive-minded head coach who has assistants on staff with a proven ability to put heat on the quarterback, Bowers better show up ready to rock and roll in training camp. Or this will be his last summer spent on the west coast of the east coast, unless it is a family vacation.
If anyone is going to be able to tap Bowers’ potential, it wil be Lovie.