Da’Quan Bowers Happy To Be In The Mix Again

October 26th, 2012

There were a lot of happy campers in the Bucs locker room this afternoon at One Buc Palace, still basking in the glow of a curb-stomping of the Vikings last night, on the road no less.

Perhaps the happiest of all the Bucs, at least to Joe, was defensive end Da’Quan Bowers. The second-year pro from Clemson had been out of action since May when he suffered an Achilles injury working out at One Buc Palace.

Bowers was pulled off the PUP list last week and activated to the 45-man roster last night before the game, where he logged his first snaps of the 2012 season.

Bowers had hopes of playing last night but as of a week agao had no idea if he could make a go of it; he’s still trying to get in football shape. The decision by Bucs coach Greg Schiano to activate him didn’t come until Thursday afternoon.

“It started early in the week, we talked about it, didn’t make any decisions and to see how it felt in practice,” Bowers said. “So I went through practice [this] week and felt good. I sat down with [Schiano] Wednesday night and we talked about it again on Thursday. I felt comfortable. I got enough reps in practice so we decided to go ahead and give it a try.”

For Bowers, the win over the Vikings means so much more than one win.

“I’m definitely excited to be back on the field, be a part of the action again,” Bowers said. “It’s been a long time.”

14 Responses to “Da’Quan Bowers Happy To Be In The Mix Again”

  1. terry4505 Says:

    Was it just me, or did he look very out of shape (fat)?

  2. tampabaybucfan Says:

    It’s possible that the additon of Bowers lifted the D-line in more ways than physically. With little depth & the loss of AC….they needed the lift. Looks like they got good penetration last night…..finally!!!

  3. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    Brian Price would have been happy to be in the mix too, if he hadn’t blown out his leg on the 1st day of camp.

    I am very happy that Bowers got special exemption coming back from such a serious injury. Somebody at the Buccaneer Palace must have some common sense.

  4. Stanglassman Says:

    The other day a guy wrote on here that Clay getting hurt was no big lose because he wasn’t playing well before the injury anyway. I waited to see if this was commonly thought or if anyone would come to his defense. I don’t think anyone did. I’m kinda surprised by that I’m happy to have Bowers back but love Clay’s game.

  5. Drew Says:

    Extremely proud of the young Man and I hope he avoids an injury.

  6. bucfanjeff Says:

    Football shape or not, as an offense, you have to account for his speed off the edge.

    Stay healthy, be honest about your achilles to your doctors and trainers, and knock some F@#%ing heads.

    Welcome back.

  7. McBuc Says:

    Stnglassman…I read that too, but sometimes it is not worth the argument. Clay is a huge player for the Bucs, and he is missed. Even GMC stated it to be true. Don’t worry about the “experts” in the comments area.

  8. Mavsmoney Says:


    Nobody responded to it because it was a stupid comment that didn’t merit the time, just like how nobody responds to Miguel grande anymore.

  9. CanadianBucsFan Says:

    Welcome back Da’Quan, you have been missed.

  10. CanadianBucsFan Says:

    Welcome back Da’Quan, you have been missed.

  11. Rican Says:

    There is noone playing on our team that is fat lol.
    Ala Schiano

  12. Have A Nice Day Says:

    @Stanglassman – It is true. Clayborn was not playing very well. Whether it was due to double teams or not, he was not getting much pressure nor stopping the run well. He didn’t get to play that much but there hasn’t been a noticeable drop off from what he was showing at the beginning of this year. He looked much better last season.

  13. tommy Says:

    clayborn was not playing well???? wake up playa!!!

  14. CannuckBuc Says:

    Yea welcome back !!!! even if your not 100% you still cause offences to have nightmares. Just a little other side mention its real nice to see other Canadians on the site.