Buccaneers vs. Chiefs: DaQuan Bowers vs Tim Crowder. Who Has More to Prove?
Buccaneers DEs Tim Crowder and DaQuan Bowers are Battling for a Starting Role
Since being drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2007, Tim Crowder has been somewhat of a disappointment.
He has however, been given new life in Tampa, after being waived by Denver in 2009.
Problem is, the Buccaneers drafted two DEs in the 2011 NFL Draft.
First was Adrian Clayborn from Iowa, and then Da'Quan Bowers from Clemson.
As of Aug. 8, Clayborn is ahead of Crowder, while Bowers is behind Michael Bennent, but don't be surprised if Adrian starts opposite of either Bowers or Crowder, as both have more experience as a DE than Bennent (played more DT in 2009 and 2010).
Now, although Crowder hasn't performed at the level he did in college, having a DE in Bowers to compete with should bring out the best in him.
Additionally, if he gets the starting spot, the presence of first round rookie Adrian Clayborn will be helpful as well.
Make no mistake about it, Tim Crowder has the potential and ability to become a solid DE in this league, but he will have to work much harder for it than he did in college.
Moving on to Da'Quan Bowers and we see a player who battled knee surgery this past off-season.
Part of which, is attributed as to why he was not drafted until the second round.
As of right now, Bowers doesn't have too much to prove as the burden of being a top pick is irrelevant.
Since he was a second-rounder, there's much less pressure, and more room to prove all those who passed on him, wrong.
And since he's coming off of a knee injury, much won't be too expected of him either.
There's certainly more to prove in Crowder's side of the fence, as he's been in the NFL the past four seasons.
If Bowers ends up starting over him, yes it means that Tampa Bay has a good rotation and talented depth on the defensive-line, however, it'll also reduce Crowder's confidence as well.
Now, it's also important that both perform well in the first preseason game, as the Chiefs rushing attack is arguable the best in pro football.
Sure they'll both make mistakes, as no one is perfect, but being challenged against a team that really knows how to run the ball will reveal some truth to the matter.
Tim Crowder has more to prove, but Da'Quan Bowers can't use the second round pick/coming off an injury excuse either.
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