"I think every day you don't practice, you're hurting your chances," Smith told the Tampa Tribune. "And we've seen enough to like Da'Quan a lot. But all the reps that he's not getting, someone else is getting them.
"The best way to beat your competition sometimes is just to stay on the field. You can't get Wally Pipp'd. Da'Quan is trying to get back, and again I think he has a future in the league, whether it be as a defensive end or a third-down rush-guy inside."
Bowers lost playing time and production in each of the last two years.
The following players will not suit up for the
"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."
|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|
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Toddler New Rookie T-Shirt - Red Shop Now!