Tampa Bay Buccaneers Breakout Candidate: Da’Quan Bowers
What can I say about Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers that would make you believe that the 2013 campaign is going to be the breakout season for the former Clemson University All-American? Well, for one, our names closely resemble one another. I mean come on, Da’Quan, M. Quann, it’s a name one can trust.
All joking aside, the Buccaneers’ second round pick in the 2011 NFL draft, who ran a modest 4.85 40-yard dash has been hampered by various medical issues. Bowers at this point in his short career has already had to deal with knee issues as well as a torn Achilles tendon. Playing much of the 2012 season through the Achilles injury, Bowers has shown flashes of brilliance as a power rusher the likes of which the Buccaneers haven’t seen since Simeon Rice and Warren Sapp roamed Raymond James stadium.
With 38 tackles and 4.5 sacks in the 2012 in which he didn’t play a full season, this is a sample size of what Bowers is capable of doing on a field. Now entering his third season in the league with two years left on his current contract, Bowers’ could receive a lucrative extension if he’s able to stay healthy for a full season and produce on the field to the level that the Buccaneers believe him capable of.
Besides, Tampa Bay as an organization is all-in with Bowers. In the offseason the Buccaneers let their best defensive end Michael Bennett walk. With the strong side starting job a lock and his immediate backup being a fourth-round rookie, Bowers has everything going in his favor to have a successful breakout 2013 season. Just as long as he stays off of IR that is.