Bucs push DE Da'Quan Bowers to be everydown player
Bucs coach Greg Schiano knows it'll be a big step for DE Da'Quan Bowers to go from a situational pass-rusher to an every-down player.
And Schiano has made sure to push Bowers as he makes the tough transition. That included getting on the former second-round pick during a run drill in Tuesday's practice, yelling at him "Don't take the path of least resistance."
After the period, Schiano pulled Bowers aside for some one-on-one instruction. Schiano quipped that he made that comment to "about 50" players during a hotter-than-normal workout, but acknowledged Bowers has to get better at consistency.
"I want to see him play hard play after play after play after play," Schiano said. "He needs to string together some plays where he's going at a high level."
That's why Schiano is looking forward to seeing Bowers perform in the exhibition games, starting Thursday against the Ravens. While Bowers won't play extensively in the first game, it'll be a good barometer of his progress.
"It's not easy transforming," Schiano said. "I've said it, and I think people hear it, but they don't really understand what it is to take that step from being a situational pass-rusher to an everydown player. It's a world. It's like being a relief pitcher and a starting pitcher. There are lot more pitches to be had as a starting pitcher, so you can't just go in there and throw fastballs for an inning and get out. You've got to play the dirty stuff down after down. He's going to do it, I believe he will. We've just got to put him in those situations, and Thursday night is a perfect chance to put in him in that situation."