Da’Quan Bowers’ return trip to Tampa Bay is over.
The fifth-year pro took to Twitter this morning to confirm that he would not be retained as the Bucs work to whittle their roster down to 53 players by tomorrow afternoon.
The latest rounds or players who have been released reportedly include last year’s starting kicker Pat Murray and starting guard Patrick Omameh, safety Chris Hackett, and wide receiver Tavarres King. Reports earlier had come out that linebackers Larry Dean and Khaseem Greene are out, along with kicker Connor Barth and CB Brandon Dixon.
Bowers broke into the league as a second-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2011 but his career never materialized. Injuries that dogged him while in college at Clemson carried into the pros, limiting the 6-foot-4, 288-pound lineman to 50 games. Over that span Bowers totaled 66 tackles and seven sacks while playing both tackle and end.
He posted twice to Twitter this morning, confirming the news and showing his appreciation to the fan base.
“Thanks to the fans who have supported me for the past few years. Good luck to my brothers and buc nation go get em….#BUC4LIFE”
Greene and Dean were two of Tampa Bay’s top three tacklers last night in Miami, with Greene taking back a diving interception 98 yards to the house.
Greene, in his third year out of Rutgers, finished the preseason as Tampa Bay’s leading tackler, with 19, and forced a fumble.
Dean totaled 10 tackles and picked up one of the team’s two sacks last night. He’s entering his fifth season out of Valdosta State.
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I hope Luke Stocker (250 yds) in 4 yrs is on this list, don’t want to hear “he’s a good blocker crap, as a TE you have to be semi productive in the passing game. Also add Mike Jenkins, William Gholdston, Chris Conti, and last but not least k Edwards, who is even worse than O’Neil Cousins as hard as that is to beat.
Agree on Conte and Edwards,JG, but Gholston has played pretty well, and Stocker will be in there to help protect our #1 pick. Who’s gonna beat out Jenkins?
Sorry jongruden, but Luke Stocker isn’t going anywhere and he is a good blocker. The Bucs don’t have enough of those to throw away someone who actually knows how to block.
Just saw Jenkins get beat badly once this preseason and that was when the safety was supposed to give him over the top help.
You really need to quit listening to everything that comes out of a certain bloggers mouth and taking it as gospel.
Jenkins has sucked since he came into the league, Stocker a good blocker wow, lets just play another tackle at that position then since we only care about blocking from the TE position. Never listen to bloggers I have my own opinion.
Some surprises but the team is better than last year go bucs
Surprised about Khaseem, thought he was playing well. This team is loaded at LB though.
Bucs in my opinion let Khaseem go early before all teams cut their roster totally down in order to better their chances of putting him on the practice squad. Same possibly with Dean
Should have kept Barth,he’s a good kicker and they had no business getting rid of him last year. Would have also kept Khaseem.
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