Da’Quan Bowers Talks Job SecurityAugust 22nd, 2014
Wednesday, Bucs coach Lovie Smith discussed the status of oft-injured defensive lineman Da’Quan Bowers. Lovie did not mince words: Bowers needs to get out of the cold tub and onto the practice field or he could be unemployed, soon.
Lovie noted when bubble players miss reps, others take advantage. In short, Bowers had better his hurt groin healthy enough to get on the practice field and play through the pain.
Yesterday, Bowers, always a stand-up guy, addressed Lovie’s public challenge.
“It comes with the game,” said Bowers, who is in the last year of a four-year contract. Players who cannot play get cut “but like [Lovie] said, any time you can’t get on the practice field it gives someone else an opportunity. When you do get on the practice field, you have to get your reps and I think I have done a decent job of that this training camp.”
Bowers admitted his days may be numbered if he cannot resume practicing and he and Lovie had a brief conversation about where Bowers stands.
“Coach Smith said take it day by day,” Bowers said. “I re-evaluate each day. I am getting batter. Coach Smith is a man of few words so when he does say something, you have to let it stick in your mind. So that is what I have been doing. He hasn’t said a whole lot but what he has said to me, it has stayed in my mind.”
Bowers would not specify what exactly Lovie told him other than the aforementioned quote. Despite being sidelined, Bowers made a sales pitch for himself and believes he brings value to the Bucs. Lovie has moved Bowers from end to tackle for the time being.
“Being able to rush inside will benefit this team,” Bowers said. Defensive “ends are more suitable as athletic guys as opposed to [offensive] guards. Hopefully, that will be on my side if I get a chance to rush there.
“Everybody is on the bubble. Only a select few guys have their spots. The rest are competing for jobs. Just like anywhere else in the league, no one is set in stone.”