Bowser (groin) is active for Sunday's contest against the Cardinals.
Bowser was questionable for Sunday's game, but his active status comes as little surprise after his full participation in practice Friday. The linebacker likely will see his typical role as a rotational backup.
Bowser (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Cardinals.
Although he was a full participant in Friday's practice, Bowser hasn't been cleared for action yet. If he's able to play, Bowser will serve as a rotational linebacker -- he played 23 of 49 defensive snaps in Week 1 -- with special-teams duties.
Bowser and fellow 2017 draft pick Tim Williams will be tasked with more snaps after the Ravens lost Terrell Suggs to the Cardinals and Za'Darius Smith to the Packers, Ryan Mink of the team's official website reports.
Baltimore selected Bowser at No. 47 overall and Williams at No. 78, but they've combined for just 5.5 sacks and 567 defensive snaps through two seasons while stuck behind Suggs, Smith and Matt Judon. The team is now counting on Bowser and/or Williams to take a big step forward, with the scheme demanding at least three outside linebackers handle regular playing time.
Bowser had two solo tackles, one sack and a pass breakup Thursday against the Dolphins.
The rookie second-round pick hasn't played more than 15 defensive snaps since Week 2 but he still made his presence known Thursday. He may continue to be summoned in pass rush situations, but with the Titans on the horizon in Week 9, Bowser will have a tough time getting to quarterback Marcus Mariota, who has been sacked on just 2.76 percent of his dropbacks.
Bowser had two tackles, a sack and an interception in Sunday's win over the Browns.
Bowser only played roughly half the defensive snaps Sunday, but the rookie was extremely impactful when he was in the game. He showed his athleticism dropping into coverage and reading the quarterback to cut off the route and make his first career interception, which is particularly impressive given he's mostly been painted as a pass rusher. The rookie still isn't getting enough reps to be a reliable IDP option, but Bowser did enough Sunday to warrant seeing more snaps.
Bowser will compete with Matthew Judon for the starting strong-side linebacker job in the Ravens defense, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Bowser, a second-round selection out of Houston, will immediately get a shot to carve out a role for himself with practice officially starting Thursday. Judon, a fifth-round selection in 2016, enjoyed some success as a rookie and could be tough for Bowser to unseat in the early going given Judon's edge in both size (6-foot-3, 275 pounds) and experience in this particular scheme. Still, Bowser's athleticism and pass-rushing prowess should allow him to see the field early in his career, even if he's not a starter.
The Ravens selected Bowser in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 47th overall.
Bowser (6-foot-3, 247 pounds) is a superb athlete (4.65-second 40, 127-inch broad jump) who was a very productive disruptor in a dominant Houston defense, finishing the 2016 season with 8.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss in eight games. He should emerge as a starting outside linebacker in Baltimore's 3-4 soon enough, though that position would likely limit his IDP upside.
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