Bowers Is Specifically A Defensive Tackle, Licht Says

July 29th, 2015
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The GM says Bowers has been “humbled.”

Joe recognizes that many fans remain in stunned disbelief because Tampa Bay re-signed Da’Quan Bowers this week.

Joe has a suggestion for those people: Relax!

At this point in his career, Bowers, 25, is simply a guy who played respectable football backing up Gerald McCoy late last season.

The Bucs recognize that they can never have too many solid camp bodies, and they brought back Bowers for that reason.

General manager Jason Licht talked to Joe and other media last night and specifically said Bowers, who was selected as a defensive end in the second round of the 2011 draft, will be a defensive tackle.

That puts Bowers behind Gerald McCoy, Henry Melton, Clinton McDonald and Akeem Spence on the depth chart. Teams rarely keep five defensive ends. Also, defensive end William Gholston is a big body who can rush inside. Bowers is definitely on the outside looking in.

“No assurances. It was a low-risk thing for us so he can compete at defensive tackle,” Licht said of Bowers. “He’s got some familiarity. You know, I think he’s been humbled.”

Joe’s not sure what Licht meant by “humbled.” Humbled, as in Bowers is so happy that his return was desired? Or was that “humbled” because Bowers has fallen so far in his NFL career.

Regardless, Joe’s glad Bowers is back. He’s certainly a lot more interesting than the typical camp meat.

31 Responses to “Bowers Is Specifically A Defensive Tackle, Licht Says”

  1. ChanEpic Says:

    Vet minimum. Sure why not? If he dies, he dies – Ivan Drago.

  2. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Will he make it to the final cuts. If he’s strictly a DT, it won’t be easy. Wouldn’t be much easier at DE either. Get in shape, young man.

  3. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    I like that Drago quote.

  4. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    This guy is Huge, and professes to be an Evangilical Christian, even plays music in Church. Yet he was caught carrying a Handgun in an airport. LOL, I guess being a Christian, he can pray for you before you die, when he shoots you ?
    Plus, 1/2 the time, he was out of shape.

  5. Buc-A-New Says:

    I am a Christian Chris and I have a gun in every vehicle I own. Even my snowmobiles. I fail to see how this makes me any less Godly.

  6. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    He must not be a Christian. They get mugged too you know Chris. Judge not unless you want to be judged. If Bowow is truly humbled he will come into camp the exact opposite of how he always came into camp…..out of shape and not ready to play. That Drago comment gave me a good chuckle. One of my favorite Rocky movies. Aaayy yyoh Adrian!

  7. drdneast Says:

    Agree Bucanew. I also like sex. Does that make me uncristianlike. I don’t drink but I think you can be a Christian and enjoy an adult beverage.
    Always a lot of convoluted thinking out here.

  8. Dick2111 Says:

    @Chris@AppleRoofCleaning … “I guess being a Christian, he can pray for you before you die, when he shoots you ?”

    Pretty cold dude. Obvious where your heart is. Don’t know that I’d be using my company’s name in my user name with an attitude like that.

  9. Espo Says:

    What is a snow mobile?

  10. Strider Says:

    Cmon guys really Bowers!!! There wasn’t a single other vet we could grab :/ I don’t like this but whatever go Jameis

  11. rayjay1122 Says:

    You are absolutely correct about the convoluted thinking. The problem is that there are many people who go to church and never really read their bibles independently and merely accept what they are being taught as the truth. I too am a Christian and this is not a religious or spiritual forum, so I will keep this short but to the brothers on here in Christ, remember we are not commanded to judge since Christ did not come to judge the world but to save it from sin which we all are guilty of. Fellow Christians sometimes judge others when we should be witnessing and encouraging as well as forgiving others as we ask to be forgiven. We should police up our own behaviors and the behaviors within the Church and quit trying to control what the non believing secular world does. Prime example is attacking same sex individuals which I also am not in favor of, but since I have been divorced and committed many sins that I am ashamed of, I have no right to judge. I am not without sin, so no casting of stones by this forgiven sinner. To those who do not believe in God or his plan of salvation, sorry for the rant and I respect your beliefs or non beliefs and also hope that you all are led to the final prize. Last but not least, GO BUCS!!!

  12. Harry Says:

    “…this is not a religious or spiritual forum, so I will keep this short,,,”

    Lol, you needed to delete the last half of that sentence. Sorry, I agree with what you said, just had to bust your balls a little.

  13. rayjay1122 Says:


    You got me…LOL. I know I get carried away. My wife busts my balls for the same stuff.

  14. mark2001 Says:

    A snowmobile is like a jet ski, but it is cold as your deep freeze and there is always the possibility of running into a tree if you have a couple too many drinks….and if it breaks down in the middle of nowhere you can freeze to death…..and let’s not forget the ski patrol that can carry you back to the hospital on a little rig through the frozen tundra until you reach civilization and a hospital. And if you are lucky, you can go a couple hundred miles in a day, barhopping your way away from home and hope to once again return home safely.

  15. Tom S. Says:

    I sort of feel bad for Bowers. I get the reports of a lack of work ethic due to coming into camp out of shape, etc. But this kid was the best defensive lineman in the country for a year. He’s fallen a long way since then and unfortunately I think a fair bit of that is due to his torn achilles and knee issues (which Dominik knew full well of).

    I would guess the conversion to DT has probably more to do with a lack of speed than anything. Which is unfortunately going to be a problem for him the rest of his career.

  16. ColoradoBuc Says:

    Man, this discussion got off subject really quickly.

  17. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’m glad to have Bowers back, such a highly thought of prospect who was expected to go high pick, injured much, may have something left. On the religion, it is not far out of line to say all wars are pushed by the three main ones, Christian, Muslim and Jewish.

  18. rayjay1122 Says:

    What is it about DE’s drafted out of major college programs in South Carolina? Gaines Adams DE Clemson (Bust) R.I.P

    Bowers DE Clemson (Bust) Hopefully can show value as DT depth but not holding my breath.

    Clowney DE S. Carolina (Always injured) also questionable dedication to his craft. Glad we were not in the position to draft him and drafted ME 13 who is a much better pick in hind sight.

  19. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I really hope we can get a pass rush from someone. I don’t want to get Erik Clean’D or Robert9’D or Barry#’D week one against Mariota.

  20. Big Marlon B Says:

    @ChanEpic- probably not a great idea to quote Drago “if he dies, he dies”….at least not with Lovie’s history with Clemson D linemen.

    God forgive me for that one. RIP Gaines.

  21. mac Says:

    Bowers is garbage… I can’t believe we had two available roster spots and we wanted them on signing Buster Bowers and some camp body corner… This sucks!!!

    Gallette and Ray Rice can actually help this crappy team!!!

    But noooooo… We sign two players who have zero chance of contribution…


  22. mac Says:

    Wasted not wanted…

  23. Lou. Says:

    @rayjay: What a woman!

    @buccfan: you are too modest in leaving out the contributions of Shinto and Hindu warriors. And, of course, the Chinese, with their blend of Buddhism, Toaism, Confucianism etc. And over the last century the religious may have had their millions but atheists killed their tens or hundreds of millions — see Nazism, Fascism and Communism.

    On topic, it is depressing that we could find no better use for a roster spot. Guess Junior is not coming here. As for Bowers, we have already seen what he can do in the 3rd and 4th quarter against backups and scrubs — see 2013 preseason. Not pretty.

  24. Couch Fan Says:

    So were more worried about signing garbage players at positions we are already deep at and the player has no chance of earning any kind of roll rather than quality players that could help us at positions of need?… Hmm… Way to prioritize Lovie/Licht. This just is not looking good for Bucs fans.

  25. Supersam Says:

    I also read somewhere that Bowers was almost about to sign with one of two other unnamed teams and Licht didn’t want him going to one of those teams, so he him signed up real quick. Interesting. The saints maybe?

  26. Mo_Downs Says:

    With so many DT’s on the roster I’m starting to think that the rumor of Melton playing DE is gaining a little more traction. The only question I have is would he be more effective (faster, stronger) that someone who weighs 50 lbs less.

    Would Melton playing in the DE rotation give us more of a run stopper or a pass rush threat, or a lot of both?

  27. ChanEpic Says:

    Big Marlon B – Ouch I forgot about that. Usually Ivan Drago quotes fit any and every situation, except this one.

  28. MTM Says:

    How did Bowers beliefs come into question. The guy has been a flop since day one. I don’t care if he’s into Scientology. He can’t play for sh&t!

  29. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    No longer a Christian but was one long enough to have been through the Bible front to back and I respect you because you’re actually sticking to what it says!!

    I have no right to judge. I am not without sin, so no casting of stones by this forgiven sinner.</i.

    To which I say Amen brotha. Judge not lest ye be judged eh?

  30. rayjay1122 Says:

    Thanks for the kind remark. Sorry to hear you left your faith but I am sure you had a reason. I am not very active and have not been to church for organized worship in a long while but I still believe, try to stick with what is written in the christian Bible and at least want to do the right things even though I fail a lot.

  31. Holy Facepalm Says:

    I don’t give a damn if we sign satan himself as long as he can sack the QB once every game.