Da'Quan Bowers spoke to the media on Thursday one day after head coach Lovie Smith essentially said his injury absence is hurting his chances to make the final roster. Bowers agreed with Smith's sentiments and knows he needs to get healthy.
On Wednesday Bucs head coach Lovie Smith was asked if defensive lineman Da’Quan Bowers injury (upper leg, groin) was hurting his chances to make the team. Smith was his usual candid self, and said any player who isn’t on the practice field is allowing someone else to take his reps and in turn earn their roster spot.
On Thursday Bowers spoke to PewterReport.com and other media members about Smith’s comments from the day before.
“It (injuries) comes with the game, you can’t prevent injury but like coach said anytime you can’t perform on the practice field it gives someone else another opportunity,” Bowers said. “So when you do get on the practice field you have to make your reps count. And I think I have done a pretty decent job of that this camp. The reps I have gotten in the game and in practice. But like coach said the only way to perform and compete is to be on the field.”
Bowers who hasn’t practiced since after the team’s first preseason game against Jacksonville said Smith’s comments didn’t go unnoticed by the former Clemson star.
“Coach Smith is a man of few words, so when says something, you have to let it stick in your mind,” Bowers said. “He hasn’t said a whole lot but the things he has said it is instilled in my mind.”
Bowers was candid in his response if he felt he was on the roster bubble.
“You know everybody is on the bubble,” Bowers said. “There are a select few guys here who have got their spots. The rest of us are competing as well as anywhere else in the league. No one is set in stone, definitely not me. I just take that into consideration each and every day.”
One of the things that is in Bowers favor is his transition from defensive end to defensive tackle. Bowers talked about moving from the outside to the inside three-technique position.
“Definitely it is a versatility thing but I think being an end and being able to rush inside will benefit the team,” Bowers said. “But not to single out guards in the league but ends are more suitable as athletic guys compared to guards. Hopefully that will be on my side if I get to rush there.”
Bowers won’t play this Saturday at Buffalo and is eager to get back on the practice field as soon as possible.
“It’s hard to say, coach Smith said to take it day-by-day,” Bowers said. We are reevaluating every day to see how far along I have come and I feel a whole lot better so hopefully it won’t be too long.”
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