Drafted in the second round (51st overall pick) of the 2011 NFL Draft, Bowers has been hampered by injuries and hasn’t quite lived up to expectations. Smith is confident that will change for Bowers this season.
“Da’Quan has been criticized around here a little bit, but I’ve been pretty pleased with what he’s done on the football field,” Smith said at his Thursday press conference. “Every day that I’ve been the head coach here with him he’s done some pretty good things, and he’s especially done some good things as a pass rusher inside and outside on first down.”
A four-year pro out of Clemson, Bowers played in 13 games in 2013 and was credited with seven tackles and a sack.
“He could help us quite a bit because, as a general rule, we’ll (dress) three (defensive tackles) and three ends (on game days) and we’ll want our seventh (lineman) to be able to play both inside and out,” Smith said.
“And that’s what you have in Da’Quan. He’s right in between — big enough to rush inside on third downs and a good anchor outside on first down. So he gives us some flexibility. And I know he’s been injured a lot, but he hasn’t missed a beat since I’ve been here.”
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