Renowned national sports scribe Peter King, of SportsIllustrated.com in his Monday Morning Quarterback column has got an answer to what many Buccaneer fans have been pondering, about rookie defensive end Da’Quan Bowers. That $64 thousand dollar question is when will the governor be taken off Bowers?
Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik, eluded to the fact that Bowers, who missed only one training camp practice due to precautionary reasons will no longer be idling in the slow lane, as his governor has been lifted, and its full throttle from here on out.
So far this summer, Bowers has missed one practice and complained of no pain in the knee, his left. “He’s like any other player now,” GM Mark Dominik. “The governor is off.” The big issue for him could well be beating out the surprise of camp for the starting left end job — defensive end Michael Bennett, a waiver pickup from Seattle two years ago. They each had a sack Saturday night against Miami; Bennett added two more tackles for loss. Each will play at lot at left end, and Bennett’s strong play will let Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris ease Bowers into the games early if that’s how he chooses to play him.
Bowers, 21, stated shortly after he was drafted that he’ll make teams remember that they passed on him, has since softened his stance as he told King “I have 100 percent belief I’ll play without any problems, unless something tragic happens, I don’t see anything happening to stop me. I’m not playing to prove anyone in the league wrong. That’s not me. I’m just playing to help my team win.”
Keith Millard, the Bucs pass rush coach extraordinaire wants Bowers who entered camp at 277-pounds, down to 267-pounds so he can run all day and thinks there’s no reason, that two rookie defensive ends can’t rush the passer.