NFL Nation: Gary Gibson

Vincent Jackson's status unclear

December, 6, 2013
TAMPA, Fla. -- A decision on the status of injured Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson might not come until Sunday.

Jackson has been bothered by a hamstring injury, and took part in Friday’s practice on a limited basis. Coach Greg Schiano said he is cautiously optimistic Jackson will be able to play against the Buffalo Bills.

"It’ll be up to him," Schiano said. "He knows his body. He knows if he can do it or not. He desperately wants to help us win, but he and I have talked and he’ll let me know."

Schiano said missing practice time isn’t a big issue for a veteran like Jackson.

"A guy like Vincent can (play without much practice) because he has so many cumulative reps and he works so hard when he’s out there," Schiano said.

Schiano said even when Jackson is healthy, the Bucs try to limit him in practice.

"Our biggest job with Vincent is pulling him back during the week," Schiano said. "We have to limit his reps, because he just goes all out in practice every time he runs a route. And then he finishes the route for about 30 yards and then he runs all the way back. (Receivers coach) John Garrett has done a good job of limiting his reps, because we know he’s going to go that way, which we love, but limiting his reps so he’s ready to go on Sunday. So a week where he doesn’t do a lot is actually not a bad thing for Vince as long as the game plan hasn’t totally changed where he doesn’t know what we’re doing, but we don’t do that."

In other injury news, defensive tackle Gary Gibson (calf) was limited in Friday’s practice.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Cornerback Darrelle Revis revealed Thursday that he briefly was knocked out during Sunday’s loss at Carolina.

Revis, who practiced Wednesday and Thursday, said he had to go through the league’s protocol for concussions. Revis said he passed the test.

“They were saying that I got knocked out for a second,’’ Revis said. “I’m fine, though.’’

Revis also bruised his chest and shoulder on the same play where he bumped his head. That came as he tried to intercept a pass intended for Steve Smith. Revis left the game after that and did not return.

Revis said he still has some soreness in his shoulder and chest, but said he expects to be able to play in Sunday’s game with Buffalo.

In other injury news, wide receiver Vincent Jackson (hamstring) took part in practice on a limited basis. Coach Greg Schiano said he’s optimistic Jackson will be able to play Sunday, but nothing is certain.

“You never know,’’ Schiano said. “When you have a leg injury and you’re a receiver, your legs are your life and you’ve got to be able to run. We’ll see when we give it a go, which I don’t know when that will be – if it will be tomorrow, or Saturday or Sunday. Vince is a pro. He’ll know if he can do it or not, so it will be up to him.’’

Defensive tackle Gary Gibson (calf) and wide receiver Chris Owusu (leg) also were limited in Thursday’s practice.

Projecting the Buccaneers roster

August, 30, 2013
Roster cuts don’t have to be made until 6 p.m. Saturday. But let’s have a little fun in the meantime.

Let’s take a look at my best guess as to how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 53-man roster will shape up:

Quarterbacks (3): Josh Freeman, Mike Glennon and Dan Orlovsky

Analysis: A rough outing by Glennon in the preseason finale might have convinced the Bucs it’s best to keep Orlovsky around.

Running backs and fullbacks (5): Doug Martin, Brian Leonard, Mike James, Peyton Hillis and Erik Lorig

Analysis: Hillis is very much on the bubble. The fact he doesn't play special teams could hurt him. But he also could stick around because he has the size to be a backup for Lorig at fullback and could be a valuable short-yardage rusher.

Tight ends (3): Luke Stocker, Tom Crabtree and Nate Byham

Analysis: The Bucs may have to keep Danny Noble if Crabtree’s ankle injury is going to keep him out for an extended period.

Wide receivers (5): Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, Kevin Ogletree, Tiquan Underwood and Eric Page

Analysis: Page has emerged as the return man and that should earn him the final roster spot.

Offensive line (9): Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks, Donald Penn, Demar Dotson, Jeremy Zuttah, Gabe Carimi, Ted Larsen, Jamon Meredith and Cody Wallace

Analysis: The Bucs could carry an extra lineman if it looks like Nicks will be out for an extended period.

Defensive line (10): Gerald McCoy, Akeem Spence, Adrian Clayborn, Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, Da’Quan Bowers, Gary Gibson, Trevor Scott, William Gholston, Steven Means and Derek Landri

Analysis: The last few spots are very competitive and the Bucs could look to bring in a defensive tackle from the waiver wire.

Linebackers (6): Lavonte David, Mason Foster, Dekoda Watson, Jonathan Casillas, Adam Hayward and Najee Goode

This position is pretty clear-cut unless the Bucs bring in someone off waivers.

Defensive backs (9): Darrelle Revis, Johnthan Banks, Dashon Goldson, Mark Barron, Leonard Johnson, Danny Gorrer, Michael Adams, Rashaan Melvin and Cody Grimm.

Analysis: Melvin and Grimm are very much on the bubble.

Specialists (3): Michael Koenen, Andrew Economos and Rian Lindell.

Analysis: Kicker Lawrence Tynes still is recovering from a staph infection and could end up on injured reserve.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Friday marked a rite of summer at One Buccaneer Place. For the first time this season, we have a depth chart.

It’s officially unofficial, but it’s a starting point. Unlike the regular season, this depth chart is a guesstimate by the media relations staff and isn’t coming straight from the coaching staff.

There are no major surprises, but there are a few things worth noting.

Let’s start with the quarterbacks, because they always draw the most interest. As you would expect, Josh Freeman is listed as the starter. But rookie Mike Glennon is ahead of veteran Dan Orlovsky. I think that’s clearly a sign of things to come.

The rest of Tampa Bay’s rookies are being brought along slowly, at least according to the depth chart. Cornerback Johnthan Banks is listed on the second team, behind Leonard Johnson. Defensive tackle Akeem Spence is listed second behind Gary Gibson. In both cases, I think that’s just a courtesy to the veterans. I think Spence and Banks have very real chances to be starters on opening day.

Other positions of interest include strongside linebacker, where Dekoda Watson is listed ahead of Jonathan Casillas; right tackle, where Demar Dotson is ahead of Gabe Carimi; and tight end, where Luke Stocker is ahead of Tom Crabtree.

In other news from Friday's practice, coach Greg Schiano said Banks and receiver Mike Williams have strained hamstrings. Schiano said Williams could return as early as Saturday, but Banks likely will miss a few days.
Let's take a quick look at what the NFC South teams did in the fourth round:

At No. 100, Tampa Bay traded up to get Illinois defensive tackle Akeem Spence. I like the pick because it addresses a need. The Bucs have Gerald McCoy at one defensive tackle spot. But the other job is wide open. Spence will get a chance to immediately compete with Derek Landri and Gary Gibson for playing time.

At No. 108, the Panthers took Valdosta State guard Edmund Kugbila. General manager Dave Gettleman continued his focus on his offensive and defensive lines. Carolina needed a little more depth on the offensive line. Kugbila is a bit of a project and probably won’t make an immediate impact.

At No. 126, the Bucs stayed focused on their defensive line and took Michigan State defensive end William Gholston. Draft gurus have questioned his work ethic and whether or not he has a high enough motor to succeed in the NFL. But playing for Greg Schiano might be the best thing for Gholston. Schiano demands good work ethic and a high motor. Gholston will get a shot as a rotational backup behind Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers.

At No. 127, the Atlanta Falcons chose Clemson defensive end Malliciah Goodman. Consistency was an issue during his college career. But Goodman has some upside and the Falcons need to develop someone that can rush the passer besides Osi Umenyiora.

At No. 133, the Falcons took Stanford tight end Levine Toilolo. He probably isn’t the second coming of Tony Gonzalez. But Toilolo probably can step in and be a secondary tight end to Gonzalez. Toilolo doesn’t stand out as a pass-catcher or blocker, but he can do both things reasonably well.
PHOENIX -- The Seattle Seahawks and especially the San Francisco 49ers added to their 2013 NFL draft hauls Monday when the NFL awarded compensatory selections to offset net losses in free agency last year.

The 49ers received the 131st overall pick, a fourth-rounder, plus the 246th and 252nd choices, both in the seventh round. The Seahawks received the 241st and 242nd overall choices, also in the seventh round.

Teams cannot trade compensatory picks.

"Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks," the NFL announced. "Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL Management Council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula."

The 49ers received compensatory choices because free-agent losses Blake Costanzo, Josh Morgan and Madieu Williams outweighed free-agent addition Mario Manningham according to the formula. The Seahawks received picks because free-agent losses Atari Bigby, John Carlson, David Hawthorne and Charlie Whitehurst outweighed free-agent additions Matt Flynn and Jason Jones.

I've put together lists below showing all unrestricted free agents added, lost and re-signed by NFC West teams last offseason.

Update: I've also made available for download an Excel file with tentative 2013 draft order, reflecting comp picks and known trades. This is unofficial. The league has not yet released the official order; additional trades could affect it.

The 49ers have a league-high 14 picks, including two picks in each of the second through fifth rounds. They're in prime position to stock their roster for the future.

By my accounting, the Cardinals hold the 7th, 38th, 69th, 103rd, 140th, 174th and 176th picks. The 49ers hold the 31st, 34th, 61st, 74th, 93rd, 128th, 131st, 157th, 164th, 180th, 227th, 237th, 246th and 252nd choices. The Seahawks hold the 56th, 87th, 123rd, 138th, 158th, 194th, 214th, 220th, 241st, and 242nd choices. The Rams hold the 16th, 22nd, 46th, 78th, 113th, 149th, 184th and 222nd picks.

Arizona Cardinals

Re-signed: D'Anthony Batiste, Mike Leach, Early Doucet, Jay Feely, Dave Zastudil
Added: Adam Snyder, William Gay, James Sanders, Quentin Groves
Lost: Richard Marshall, Sean Considine, Deuce Lutui

San Francisco 49ers

Re-signed: Tavares Gooden, Carlos Rogers, Alex Smith, Ted Ginn Jr.
Added: Mario Manningham, Rock Cartwright, Josh Johnson
Lost: Josh Morgan, Adam Snyder, Blake Costanzo, Reggie Smith, Madieu Williams, Chilo Rachal

Seattle Seahawks

Re-signed: Heath Farwell, Red Bryant, Paul McQuistan, Michael Robinson, Leroy Hill, Matt McCoy
Added: Matt Flynn, Jason Jones, Deuce Lutui, Barrett Ruud
Lost: John Carlson, Atari Bigby, Charlie Whitehurst, Tony Hargrove, David Hawthorne

St. Louis Rams

Re-signed: Kellen Clemens
Added: Cortland Finnegan, Kendall Langford, Scott Wells, Quinn Ojinnaka, Steve Smith, Robert Turner, Jo-Lonn Dunbar, William Hayes, Trevor Laws, Mario Haggan, Barry Richardson
Lost: Brandon Lloyd, Chris Chamberlain, Donnie Jones, Jacob Bell, Bryan Kehl, Gary Gibson

Bucs unload Arrelious Benn

March, 15, 2013
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continue to be the NFC South’s most active team this offseason.

On Friday, the Buccaneers traded wide receiver Arrelious Benn and a seventh-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for a sixth-round pick this year and a conditional pick in 2014.

A second-round pick in 2010, Benn never has played up to his potential. Mike Williams, a fourth-round pick in the same draft, has emerged as Tampa Bay’s No. 2 receiver. Benn had only four catches in eight games last year before suffering a season-ending injury. He also dealt with injuries as a rookie.

Also on Friday, defensive tackle Roy Miller, who started 14 games last season, signed a two-year deal with Jacksonville. The Bucs have Gerald McCoy as one starter at defensive tackle and Gary Gibson is a reliable backup. But Tampa Bay likely will have to find another defensive tackle in the draft or free agency.
With the NFL deadline for naming franchise players passing at 4 p.m. ET Monday, we await official word from the league as to whether any NFC West players received the designation.

This can be a nerve-racking time for teams and fans hoping to keep favorite players.

Using the franchise tag almost always keeps a player from leaving in free agency. Teams must balance those concerns with a player's actual value. This year, deciding against using the tag could allow good-not-great NFC West players such as Dashon Goldson, Delanie Walker and Danny Amendola to reach the market and sign elsewhere.

It's tough losing key players, but for some perspective, let's revisit the list of 2012 NFC West unrestricted free agents to change teams during the UFA signing period last offseason: Note: UFAs include only veteran players whose contracts expired. Released players are not UFAs.
The final injury reports are out, so let’s take a look at the latest on the most significant injuries from around the division:

The Atlanta Falcons continued to hold safety William Moore (hamstring) and cornerback Asante Samuel (shoulder) out of practice and that means there’s a good chance both will sit out Sunday against Carolina. Chris Hope is the likely replacement if Moore can’t play. If Samuel is out, that likely means more playing time for Robert McClain and Christopher Owens.

The Panthers are listing running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle) as doubtful. That means DeAngelo Williams will be the main running back. Receiver Brandon LaFell (toe) is questionable and Louis Murphy likely would start if LaFell can’t play. Defensive tackle Dwan Edwards (wrist) and linebacker James Anderson (back) didn’t practice and are listed as questionable, but coach Ron Rivera indicated there is hope they’ll be able to play.

Tampa Bay defensive tackle Roy Miller was cleared to practice after sitting out the previous two days due to a head injury. Coach Greg Schiano said the Bucs will be cautious with Miller. If he can’t play, Gary Gibson and Corvey Irvin likely would take on an increased work load. Cornerback Anthony Gaitor officially was moved to the 53-man roster from injured reserve Friday afternoon.

The New Orleans Saints are relatively healthy. Only reserve offensive tackle Charles Brown (knee) and backup cornerback Corey White (knee) have been ruled out for Sunday’s game with the Giants. All the other Saints that have been listed on the injury report this week are probable.
With the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers in a bye week, the list of key injuries for Sunday’s NFC South games is pretty short.

The Falcons are listing linebacker Stephen Nicholas (ankle) and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux (groin) as questionable for the game with the Oakland Raiders. Both practiced on a limited basis Friday. With their own bye week coming after this game, I’d expect the Falcons to be cautious with Nicholas and Babineaux if they’re not close to full health. If Nicholas can’t go, veteran Mike Peterson likely would take his place. If Babineaux can’t play, the Falcons likely would start Peria Jerry and Vance Walker and get rookie Travian Robertson involved as the third member of the rotation.

The Buccaneers are relatively healthy coming out of their bye week. Defensive tackle Roy Miller (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game with Kansas City. Miller participated in practice on a limited basis Friday after sitting out Thursday. If Miller can’t play, the Bucs likely would start Gary Gibson in his spot and use Corvey Irvin as their third defensive tackle.
Click here for the complete list of Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster moves.

Most significant move: The Bucs released defensive tackle Amobi Okoye, who at one time appeared to be headed for significant playing time in the rotation or maybe even a spot in the starting lineup. Okoye is healthy enough that he reportedly is ready to turn around and sign with the Chicago Bears. But I think this move is another example of what coach Greg Schiano is all about. Okoye missed a lot of time in training camp and the preseason with a knee injury. He might have been one of those guys that could have gotten through the season by taking a lot of days off practice and showing up on Sundays. I don’t think that system is going to fly with Schiano (see Kellen Winslow). Although they might not be former first-round picks like Okoye, I think Schiano would rather have Gary Gibson and Wallace Gilberry, who show up for practice each day, as the starters behind Gerald McCoy and Roy Miller.

Onward and upward: Receiver Tiquan Underwood played for Schiano at Rutgers. Underwood seemed to have a good shot at making the roster with a strong showing in training camp and the preseason. But Underwood was released Friday night as the Bucs decided to keep Preston Parker and Sammie Stroughter for the final roster spots at wide receiver. Underwood likely would be a guy the Bucs would bring back if they have any injuries at receiver. But that will only happen if another team doesn’t scoop Underwood up first.

What’s next: The guys that made the latter parts of the roster shouldn’t get too comfortable. General manager Mark Dominik has a history of bringing in guys that are cut by other teams and I think that trend will only continue this year as he and Schiano try to fine tune a roster that still could use more depth in several areas. I think there still could be movement on the defensive line, at guard and at tight end.

Buccaneers could be thin at DT

August, 31, 2012
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers went to great extremes this offseason to build up their depth at defensive tackle so they don’t face a situation like last season, when they became so desperate they had to bring in Albert Haynesworth.

It doesn’t look like things are working out quite as planned. According to multiple reports, defensive tackle Amobi Okoye has been released by the Bucs and the Chicago Bears already are working to finalize a contract with the veteran. That’s ironic, because Brian Price, who once seemed to factor into Tampa Bay’s interior-line plans, was traded to Chicago this summer.

The Bucs spent decent money ($2 million) to bring in Okoye, a former first-round draft pick by Houston. The thinking was he could at least be a rotational player behind Gerald McCoy and could end up as a starter if McCoy’s injury woes continued. Instead, Okoye was the one with the injury problem. A knee issue forced Okoye to miss a lot of time in training camp and the preseason. The Bucs are off the hook for Okoye's $1.8 million base, but his $200,000 workout bonus still will count against their salary cap.

Roy Miller appears to have earned the starting job next to McCoy. Okoye’s release would leave Gary Gibson and Wallace Gilberry as the apparent top backups at defensive tackle. Gibson played for coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers and has bounced around the NFL. Gilberry also has NFL experience. But, given McCoy’s history of injury problems, I don’t see how the Bucs can feel too great about their depth at defensive tackle. I think there’s a decent chance they could end up with another defensive tackle off the waiver wire.

There also are reports that the Bucs have released defensive tackle Frank Okam and safety Cody Grimm, but the team hasn’t made any official announcements yet.

Observation deck: Bucs-Redskins

August, 29, 2012
Tampa Bay’s 30-3 loss to the Washington Redskins on Wednesday night didn’t make for great viewing.

Blame much of it on Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano. But, more importantly give Schiano lots of credit for making one of his best decisions since taking over the Buccaneers in January.

The Tampa Bay starters did not play. Instead, they stood on the sidelines after going through a full practice at Georgetown University earlier in the day.

It’s not unusual for an NFL coach to use his starters lightly or sit some of them in the final preseason game. But Schiano took this to an extreme. He even sat long-snapper Andrew Economos and a few guys that are likely to be key backups.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. After watching Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph go down with a season-ending knee injury last week, Schiano wasn’t taking any chances. He wants his starters healthy for the regular-season opener, which comes Sept. 9 against Carolina.

That game is going to be a lot more important -- and, hopefully more entertaining -- than the preseason finale.

Some quick observations from Wednesday night’s game:
  • The Bucs still are trying to figure out how they’re going to replace Joseph. Jamon Meredith started at right guard, but I don’t know if that means he’ll be there for the Carolina game. Meredith surrendered a sack and was called for two penalties in the first half. The Bucs are experimenting with their options at that spot. Ted Larsen, who got the start at center, and Derek Hardman, also are possibilities from the current roster. But the Bucs also could scan the waiver wire for help in the coming days. After watching all the backup offensive linemen, I’d suggest the waiver wire might be the way to go.
  • Defensive tackle Wallace Gilberry might have helped his chances of landing a roster spot. He batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage early in the game. The Bucs are expected to use Gerald McCoy and Roy Miller as their starters. Amobi Okoye is expected to be part of the backup rotation, but he’s missed a lot of time with an injury. Gilberry likely is in the mix with Gary Gibson and Frank Okam to be part of the rotation.
  • I remember a preseason or two back in the 1990s when third-stringer quarterback Scott Milanovich was the most popular quarterback in Tampa Bay. After watching Brett Ratliff get the start and play the entire game, I don’t think starter Josh Freeman or backup Dan Orlovsky have anything to worry about. In fact, I think there is at least a chance the Bucs could follow the path a lot of other teams have taken in recent years and go with only two quarterbacks on the regular-season roster. In fairness to Ratliff, he got no help from his offensive line.
  • Broadcaster and former Buc John Lynch might have stirred up some speculation when he said the Bucs should try to sign tight end Chris Cooley, who recently was released by the Redskins. Usually, I try to shoot down speculation about the Bucs signing guys in their 30s because that really doesn’t fit the profile of a team that’s doing most of its building through the draft. But I’m with Lynch on this one. I think the Bucs could use a little more depth to go with Dallas Clark and Luke Stocker. If Cooley’s healthy, he might be worth a shot. I think he’d be a better lockerroom fit than Jeremy Shockey, who still remains unsigned. General manager Mark Dominik said during a fourth-quarter interview with the broadcast team that there had been contact with Cooley's agent, but said the team is now aggressively pursuing the veteran tight end.
  • Rookie safety Sean Baker still might be a long shot to make the 53-man roster. But he intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble Wednesday night. That might help Baker land a spot on the practice squad.
  • Nice to see Bucs’ co-chairman Joel Glazer hugging Raheem Morris before the game. Morris coached the Bucs the last three seasons and is now Washington’s defensive backs coach. Morris had a good relationship with ownership, but it was obvious to all that a move had to be made as the Bucs lost their final 10 games of last season. I’m just guessing here, but I doubt any members of the Glazer family were exchanging hugs with Washington general manager Bruce Allen, who once held the same role in Tampa Bay.
TAMPA, Fla. -- It is the first day of August. If Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano still is talking about Gerald McCoy on the first day of January, or even February, then we’ll know that the defensive tackle finally has arrived.

It’s only natural to take every big projection for McCoy with some caution. After all, the guy has been expected to be a superstar since the moment the Bucs used the third overall draft pick on him in 2010. It’s just that the sum of what McCoy has done in his first two seasons comes nowhere close to the superstar level.

In 2010, he went through some of the usual rookie struggles and, just as he appeared to be catching on, his season ended with a biceps injury. McCoy also showed plenty of promise last preseason and got off to a solid start. But McCoy tore his biceps again and missed the final 10 games of last season.

Once again, McCoy is showing the skills that made him such a big-time prospect coming out of Oklahoma and that has caught the attention of his new coach.

“I think Gerald has really practiced well,’’ Schiano said. “I think he’s got elite get off. When I say that, I mean, I haven’t been around a lot of guys like that, maybe two or three. We just need to keep working and developing the technique things and I think he’d be further along had he not had the injuries both years. Repetitions are what let you get good at those techniques. [Defensive line] Coach [Randy] Melvin and [defensive front seven] coach Bryan Cox are working hard with him and I think he can be really a special player.’’

The Bucs really need McCoy to be a special player as they go through some transition on their defensive line. They need McCoy and second-year defensive end Adrian Clayborn to be the anchors as they find the other parts. Defensive tackle Brian Price, who was traded to Chicago last week, is gone and the Bucs are looking for Roy Miller or Gary Gibson to take over at nose tackle. Defensive end Da'Quan Bowers will be sidelined for at least half the season as he recovers from a torn Achilles tendon. The Bucs have Michael Bennett as their other first-team defensive end. Bennett, Miller and Gibson have a chance to be nice role players.

But if the Bucs really are going to have a good defensive line, they need McCoy and Clayborn to be special players. More importantly, they just need McCoy to be able to stay on the field.

Buccaneers' hidden treasure: DL

June, 27, 2012
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Examining a position group that could exceed its preseason expectations:

The Bucs have invested a lot of premium draft picks in their defensive line in recent years, but they haven’t really collected any dividends. This could be the year that changes.

Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, the third overall draft pick in 2010, has been slowed by injuries his first two seasons. But he did show some promise when healthy. The new coaching staff believes McCoy can be a dominant player and cornerstone of this defense. But the obvious key is he needs to stay healthy. If he does, he ideally will line up next to fellow third-year pro Brian Price, who also has dealt with some injury issues. But the Bucs went out and got Amobi Okoye and Gary Gibson in the offseason and the hope is to use them in a rotation that can help keep McCoy and Price fresh.

If McCoy and Price finally can blossom, that should provide a tremendous boost for second-year defensive end Adrian Clayborn. He recorded 7.5 sacks as a rookie without much around him. The Bucs believe Clayborn can hit double digits in sacks. The line suffered a big blow when Da’Quan Bowers tore his Achilles tendon in the offseason. At best, Bowers could return around midseason. At worst, he’ll miss the entire season. But this still has a chance to be a decent defensive line because Michael Bennett can start opposite Clayborn.