NFL Nation: Geg Schiano

Another carrot for Da'Quan Bowers?

September, 5, 2013
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano named Daniel Te'o-Nesheim a starting defensive end Thursday and sent another message in the direction of Da'Quan Bowers.

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Schiano said Te’o-Nesheim earned the starting role on merit. The Bucs had come to training camp expecting Bowers to emerge as a full-time starter. But that hasn’t happened.

“Daniel is steady as she blows," Schiano said. “He goes in and does his job and plays really well against the run, and then the thing that people kind of miss out is he had five sacks last year, just playing hard, tough, relentless football. We’re very pleased with the way Daniel’s performing.’’

But Schiano didn’t stop there, and he certainly didn’t shut the door on Bowers getting significant playing time or eventually becoming a starter.

“I’m also pleased with the way Da’Quan is getting better," Schiano said. “He just hasn’t gotten to where we think he needs to get to yet, but he’s getting there. He’s improved substantially."

It’s pretty obvious what Schiano is doing with Bowers. The coach sees a young player with a bunch of potential. Bowers hasn’t hit that potential yet, but Schiano’s trying to get him to that point by dangling the starting job as a carrot.

NFC South backup QB situations

July, 22, 2013
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With NFC South teams heading to training camp later this week, let’s take a look at the backup quarterback situations around the division.

Aside from Carolina, where Derek Anderson seems set as Cam Newton’s backup, nothing else is definite.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After some awkward moments early in the offseason, coach Greg Schiano finally made it clear that Josh Freeman is the team’s starter. But the competition for the backup job could be one of the most intriguing things in training camp. Rookie Mike Glennon will compete with veteran Dan Orlovsky for the backup job. If Glennon can beat out Orlovsky, he could be looking at playing time if Freeman gets off to a bad start.

Atlanta Falcons. The team is high on Dominique Davis, who looked great in the preseason last year. But the Falcons traditionally have carried a veteran as Matt Ryan’s backup. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Falcons bring in a veteran from elsewhere later in the preseason.

New Orleans Saints. Chase Daniel is gone and the Saints have veterans Luke McCown and Seneca Wallace and rookie Ryan Griffin on the roster behind Drew Brees. It’s likely the Saints will keep only one of the veterans and they could keep Griffin around as a developmental project.

Carolina Panthers. Anderson probably is the division’s best backup. Jimmy Clausen, who started in 2010, is a distant third on the depth chart as he heads into the final year of his contract.

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