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At 6’4”, 332 pounds, Michael Bowie was drafted in the seventh round out of Oklahoma State.
If anything happens to anyone other than the center on the offensive line, Michael Bowie is the first man to step in. His versatility is his greatest asset, evidenced in his rookie season alone as he has played nearly every position on the offensive line.
Bowie started seven games at tackle this season while starter Breno Giacomini missed time with an injury. He also started two games at guard, including a start at left guard in the divisional playoff game against the Saints.
Oddly enough, he went from starting in the first playoff game against the Saints to being listed as inactive in the conference championship game against the 49ers. This makes it very difficult to predict how big of a role Bowie will have for the Super Bowl. Essentially, he can end up being anywhere from a starting guard to listed as inactive all together.
If he does play, however, expect him to be a positive force on that offensive line.
Bowie would be tasked with trying to block one of the better tackles in the game in Terrance Knighton, as well as fellow rookie Sylvester Williams. These beasts up front for Denver are a load to contain, but Bowie certainly has the mass to get the job done.
Pete Carroll might see his versatile rookie as a favorable matchup option against Knighton given their similar gravitational pull on surrounding mass. This means there’s a good chance we see him in the starting lineup, matching one big body with another in an epic showdown deep inside the trenches.
Ryan Riddle is a former NFL player and writes for B/R
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