NFL Rumors: Tampa Bay Buccaneers confident Da’Quan Bowers will excel in 2014


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking at a season in which they don’t have to excel too much but should do so anyways given that they’re under new leadership in Lovie Smith. Still, despite the expectations not being that high, the team is expecting big things on an individual basis as players who make the team will still be auditioning for long term roles on the roster.

One of those players with a question mark hanging over him is defensive end Da’Quan Bowers. Despite being considered a draft day steal in 2010, the Buccaneers haven’t seen much out of Bowers since he came into the league and Lovie Smith expects that to change.

Per the Buccaneers official site:

"Eventually we’ll get him out there. I know the rehab is going well. Seriously, 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.”"

Bowers has been struggling with injuries since his last year in college and that has hampered his production. But the Buccaneers will again pride themselves on defense and that either means Bowers will stand out as a stud or crumble under the pressure.