The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will face the Kansas City Chiefs in their preseason opener on Friday. According to Stephen Holder of the Times, Raheem Morris plans to sit Arrelious Benn, but let Da’Quan Bowers play. Neither player is injured or in a bad way, the team just has every intention of being cautious with both players in order to keep them healthy for the long haul.
The thinking on this move is pretty sound. Arrelious Benn has been held out of practice the past couple of days as a precaution due to a slick field from rain and just to monitor the strain on his surgically repaired knee. He’s actually having a very good camp by most accounts, but the team also wants to make sure he doesn’t overdo it and suffer a setback.
Bowers on the other hand will see 12-15 plays and then sit the rest of the game out. The young DE has been closely monitored thus far in camp.
“He’s coming along really well,” Raheem Morris said. “He’s really come on when we put the pads on. We knew that was going to be his game anyway. He’s a giant 280-pound end. Those guys are huge. You can see the power rush is kind of his game. . . And we’re starting to see it more and more now that the pads are on.
“Maybe we’ve been a little too cautious, but that’s because of the lack of experience and time we’ve had with him. I think it’s smart on the part of our training staff and coaching staff not to try and put too much on his plate right away.”