"He’s not there yet," Bucs defensive line coach Joe Cullen said after a workout this week. "He’s got to get into great shape to be able to do those things (he’s capable of)."
"He's learning the system, and eventually, he'll get out there," coach Lovie Smith said per the Tampa Bay Times. "I know rehab is going well. He's a good football player, but he needs to prove it right now. He'll get an opportunity. A player like that should be able to excel in a defense like ours."
"Some guys blossom early and some blossom late, and I studied Da’Quan really hard when he was coming out of college and so I’m really excited to work with him and see what we can do there,’’ Cullen said. Bowers has struggled since a knee injury during his senior season. Bowers looked like he was ready for a big year in 2013, but showed up to camp out of shape. Cullen believes Bowers has the skills to succeed. "I think he has the qualities to be a dominant defensive lineman. He’s big, he’s powerful, he’s strong, and those are all great qualities."
Bowers is dealing with a knee injury. He missed Week 16 due to the injury. Bowers will miss Week 17, and will rehab in the offseason.
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||25||22.0||3||1.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||4|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||13||10.0||3||3||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||7||2.0||5||1||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2011||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|
|2012||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||10||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2013||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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