Defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was a huge threat during his years at Clemson leading college football in sacks (16) and tackles for losses (26). Bowers even had a few honors in 2010 winning the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Bronko Naqurski Award, the Ted Hendricks Award and was a consensus All-American. Bowers was even prospected the be drafted No. 1 overall in the 2011 NFL Draft, but he suffered from a knee injury which dropped him to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round.
This knee injury did not lower Tampa’s expectations for how Bowers would perform, but the past couple of years have not been close to satisfactory for Tampa. In Bowers’ rookie season he only had two sacks and his next season he had three, but he did suffer from a torn Achilles which sidelined him for the first six weeks. With Bowers struggling in his first two seasons, I believe that it is time for him to step up or he might be headed elsewhere.
Warren Sapp was a furious defensive tackle during his 13 years in the NFL destroying whatever was in the backfield. Sapp was a great player in the league and in a few weeks he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame, but last week Sapp spoke at a Buccaneers press conference and he issued a challenge to Bowers saying:
“Last time I checked if you wear pewter and red, you’re hunting the quarterback here.”
After the press conference, Sapp was in an interview and spoke to the camera, directing his statement toward Bowers saying:
“Son, it’s time to wake up. You wear pewter and red. We hunt, here. That’s the way it is. That’s the rule. That’s the law.”
Hopefully this statement will catch fire for Bowers to really start working his hardest for the Buccaneers. Bowers’ effort is key this season in Tampa with the departure of Michael Bennett who replaced Bowers last season during his injury. In my opinion, Bowers could be the difference between making and missing the playoffs this season, so it will be interesting to see how he responds to Sapp’s wise words.