Player Page

Da'Quan Bowers | Defensive Lineman

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/23/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 288
College: Clemson
Contract: view contract details
Share: 

Latest News

Recent News

NFL suspended Bucs DL Da'Quan Bowers two games for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
A suspension was about the only thing missing from the 2011 mega bust's list of NFL lowlights. Bowers has played 159 snaps this season, but failed to generate any pass-rushing heat, notching only one sack. He played just 22-of-68 snaps in the Bucs' most-recent game. He'll return in Week 10. Oct 21 - 3:36 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

Buccaneers declared DT Da'Quan Bowers, OLs Kadeem Edwards, Kevin Pamphile and Rishaw Johnson, DE William Gholston, CB Rashaan Melvin, and S Bradley McDougald inactive for Week 1 against the Panthers.

None of these inactives were unexpected.
Sep 7 - 3:03 PM

Bucs DL Da'Quan Bowers is in danger of getting cut.

The oft-injured Bowers entered camp on the bubble and has been sidelined by a groin strain for more than a week now. The 2011 second-round pick is "off scholarship" as he was not drafted by GM Jason Licht or coach Lovie Smith. "You can't get Wally Pipped," said Smith. "Da'Quan is trying to get back. Again, I think he has a future in the league, whether it be as a defensive end outside or more of a third-down rush guy inside."
Aug 21 - 8:19 AM

Bucs fourth-year DL Da'Quan Bowers said he let ex-coach Greg Schiano break him down mentally and now knows he needs to step his game up to make the 53-man roster.

"He got to me mentally, and I couldn’t bounce back for some reason," Bowers said. "I’m at a point in my career where it’s time to make plays. It’s time to shine. I’ve been mediocre my whole life here." The Bucs are doing anything and everything to turn Bowers into an asset, as they've been giving him reps at end and tackle. Bowers is simply competing for a backup job.
Aug 4 - 11:31 AM

The Bucs are trying to transition fourth-year DL Da'Quan Bowers into an end-tackle hybrid.

"He's big enough to rush inside on third downs and a good anchor outside on first down," said Lovie of Bowers (6'4/288). "It gives us some flexibility." Smith suggested Bowers is fighting to become the Buccaneers' No. 7 defensive lineman. Gerald McCoy, Michael Johnson, Adrian Clayborn, Clinton McDonald, Akeem Spence, and William Gholston would presumably be the top six.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 31 - 10:35 PM

Bucs GM Jason Licht confirmed 2011 second-round pick Da'Quan Bowers is on thin ice in Tampa Bay.

Bowers reported to spring practices out of shape, has been ineffective whenever on the field, and is now off scholarship under a new front office and coaching staff. "I (don’t) mean to sound too harsh, but it’s a matter of fact that he needs to prove that he wants to make an impact with this football team and I expect that he will," Licht said. Bowers is not in the mix for a starting job.
Jul 25 - 1:55 PM

Bucs DE Da'Quan Bowers showed up to offseason workouts out of shape for the second year in a row.

Bowers was ticketed for a starting job last summer, but reported to the offseason program overweight and relinquished the opportunity. He's now simply fighting to keep his roster spot as a rotational end behind Michael Johnson, William Gholston, and Adrian Clayborn. Bowers has 5.5 career sacks in 39 games.
Jun 6 - 12:05 PM

Bucs DE Da'Quan Bowers sat out pre-draft minicamp due to the knee injury that cut his 2013 season short.

Coach Lovie Smith recently showered Bowers in praise, but Lovie has seemingly done that with every Bucs player he's inherited. "I know rehab is going well," said Smith. "He's a good football player, but he needs to prove it right now." Bowers indeed underwent surgery, presumably related to the knee woes that plagued his 2011 pre-draft process. He can't be counted on for a 2014 role.
Apr 28 - 12:21 AM

Coach Lovie Smith reiterated that DE Da'Quan Bowers should excel in the Bucs' new defense.

"He’s a good football player, but he needs to prove it right now," Smith said. "He’ll get an opportunity, a player like that should be able to excel in a defense like ours." Smith said as much after he was hired, but the Bucs went out and signed RE Michael Johnson. Bowers is now the third end behind Johnson and LE Adrian Clayborn. He'll play a pure pass-rushing role should he make the team.
Apr 25 - 10:41 AM

The Lovie Smith coaching staff has insisted it still has high hopes for DE Da'Quan Bowers.

Bowers was handed a starting job on a silver platter in 2013 yet he still blew it, falling behind Daniel Te'o-Nesheim and then William Gholston before landing on injured reserve with recurring knee woes. Now there are whispers that he'll need more surgery. As ESPN's Pat Yasinskas says, anything the Bucs get out of Bowers going forward will be considered a bonus. Both Yasinskas and our Evan Silva call defensive end Tampa's No. 1 offensive need.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 6 - 9:23 AM

Bucs DC Bill Sheridan hinted DE Da'Quan Bowers (injured reserve) will undergo knee surgery.

"He’s never been well," Sheridan said. "You’re trying to decide all season on whether or not to make that move. ‘Is he healthy enough to play? Or are we better off just getting him to have surgery and get him cleaned up and let him rehab for an offseason and come back?'" Bowers was sent to I.R. on Thursday. His current knee issue is reportedly unrelated to the one that caused him to fall to the 51st pick in the 2011 draft. Some wonder if Bowers' career is over.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 09:05:00 AM

Bucs placed DE Da'Quan Bowers (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Bowers' wildly disappointing season wraps with him on the shelf. He lost his starting job to Daniel Te'o-Nesheim early on, has fallen behind William Gholston recently and contributed just seven tackles and one sack in 13 games. All this after Bowers was expected to have a huge role in the wake of Michael Bennett's departure. Note that Bowers' draft stock slid drastically back in 2011 due to his knees.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 11:09:00 AM

Bucs DE Da'Quan Bowers (concussion) is practicing in full for Week 12.

The situational pass rusher is ready to return after missing Week 11. Bowers has just half a sack in nine games this season. Bowers might not be back in Tampa for the final year of his rookie contract in 2014.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 06:46:00 PM

Bucs DE Da'Quan Bowers has been diagnosed with a concussion.

He is week to week. Failing to earn a starting job and serving as a situational pass rusher, Bowers has been a major disappointment this season. He's notched half a sack in 163 snaps.
Thu, Nov 14, 2013 02:08:00 PM

Bucs LE Da'Quan Bowers has fallen behind Daniel Te'o-Nesheim on the depth chart.

It could just be a motivational ploy from frustrated coach Greg Schiano, but either way, Bowers took the hint. "Of course that will push me,’’ Bowers said. "If that’s his way of pushing me, I acknowledge that and I’m trying to do something about it." Bowers is long on talent, but seemingly short on a lot of other things. The Bucs' pass rush will be in trouble if he doesn't take a step forward.
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 04:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Josh McCown
2Mike Glennon
RB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3Bobby Rainey
4Mike James
GLB1Doug Martin
2Charles Sims
3RB1Charles Sims
2Bobby Rainey
WR11Vincent Jackson
2Robert Herron
3Solomon Patton
WR21Mike Evans
2Russell Shepard
WR31Russell Shepard
TE1Brandon Myers
2Cameron Brate
K1Patrick Murray