Bowers Gets A Lunch Pail From SchianoAugust 9th, 2013
The Bucs have a lot riding on Da’Quan Bowers this season. Defensive end depth isn’t the Bucs’ strength, and Greg Schiano has clearly stated he needs Bowers to become an every-down, relentless beast.
And to drive Bowers to new heights, Schiano has seemingly lost all concern about Bowers getting injured. In last night’s preseason beating at the hands of the Ravens, Bowers played the entire first half, a chunk of it through a driving rain storm, and Bowers played a new position for a while, replacing Gerald McCoy at the 3-technique tackle.
“This is my first transition to the inside. I haven’t quite got the grasp of yet. I’ve definitely have to get some 1-on-1 work with Gerald at it. We’ll see how it goes,” Bowers told Joe. “I didn’t know [how much I'd play tonight.] But you know it’s a work day. So I came ready to work, whether I was going to play 10 snaps or play 40 snaps. I just came in with the mindset to work and get better.
“I needed it. I was definitely happy that I got the extra work. I wasn’t happy with the performance overall.”
Bowers recorded one tackle and one assist. And Joe’s going to say he also had a reception — a message from Schiano that he needs to grind through and transition into a tough guy who can play every snap.