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Bowers Back To Practice

October 17, 2012 at 03:46pm by Scott   •  2 Comments »

Just like the original players to wear those uniforms, Bowers will not be performing this week.
Da’Quan Bowers started practicing again today and the Bucs have three weeks to evaluate him before deciding to put him on the active roster or put him up for adoption. Or whatever the other option is.

As to what ultimately will determine whether Bowers is ready for game action, the Bucs’ 2011 second-round pick said he’s first looking for “consistency. I just want to be consistent with everything. The playbook, the plays, taking coaching, conditioning and most of all, my Achilles. It’s just all about how that thing feels.”

So what if it feels great and Bowers is ready to return? The surprising rise of Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and the not surprising standout play of Michael Bennett this season gives the Bucs the flexibility not to rush Bowers back on the field or use him sparingly. I don’t remember Bowers playing much at right end, so Bennett would probably have to come off the field (or kick inside to DT which I hate) in order for Bowers to get some playing time. And we want Bennett on the field all the time right now. I’d take all three weeks and then activate him and cut a linebacker since they’ve got eight of them. Like Markus White, for example. I should probably pay closer attention because I’ve never heard of him and he’s on the active roster. So yeah, cut him.

2 Comments to “Bowers Back To Practice”

Mark S

Mark S (October 17, 2012 at 08:05pm:

If he is ready, put him on the roster. Most of the time it takes several games for a player get back. There is just no way that game conditions can be duplicated even in practice. He can be the guy that gives Bennett a breather. So maybe he gets a rep every 4 plays or so. Hopefully it gets him ready for next year.

fatmosh

fatmosh (October 17, 2012 at 09:53pm:

I say ease him in on obvious passing downs. Move Bennett to DT and Bowers at LE. With McCoy that’s three pretty darn good pass rushers.

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