Feb 20, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht speaks during a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Buccaneers' GM Jason Licht Calls Out Da'Quan Bowers

Recently, Buccaneers’ general manager Jason Licht spoke with Big Dog on 620 WDAE about topics ranging from the possibility of keeping all five running backs on the roster in Week 1 to what he would consider a successful 2014-15 campaign. However, what may have been the most eye-catching and obviously, headline-grabbing moment came when Licht essentially called out Da’Quan Bowers. 

“The one player that we hope shows up in shape and proves to us that he wants to be a football player is Da’Quan Bowers,” Licht said. “We need him to show up. He needs to prove to us that he wants to be on this team. And we hope that he does, and we’re rooting for him.”

Since selecting him in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Bucs haven’t received much in return from Bowers. With only 5.5 sacks in his young career and nearly just as many injuries, the 24-year-old is poised to prove Licht and everyone else wrong.

“No question about it, I owe it to this organization, owe it to this team. I’ve been here long enough, and I haven’t really been that player that I know I can be,” Bowers said, via the Tampa Tribune. “I think it’s time I really put forth that extra foot, to be that player that I know I’m capable of being.”

Now, Bowers who has said that “he feels better physically than he’s felt coming into camp the last two years” needs to put all those words into action. Patience and chances are clearly running out.


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