Da'Quan Bowers grateful for chance to return to Bucs
Defensive tackle Da'Quan Bowers, out of the NFL since he was cut by the Bucs three months ago, was back at One Buc Place on Tuesday, grateful for another chance to play as Tampa Bay signed him for depth while Akeem Spence is dealing with an ankle injury.
"Oh my God, I've never missed football so much in my life," Bowers said. "Those were the most excruciating 14, 15 weeks in my life. I'm just glad to be back to help this team win. They're doing a lot of great things, and I knew they would this year. I'm glad to be back to help them the rest of the way."
Bowers, still only 25, was a second-round pick in 2011 and transitioned from defensive end to tackle last year, getting 21 tackles, mostly when the Bucs had injuries on the interior line.
Bowers spent some of his down time working as a high school coach in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., with a team good enough to make the state playoffs. He said the experience has given him a different perspective on his own coaches.
"It was fun. I see what our coaches go through daily," he said. "I have a new respect for them."