- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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TAMPA, Fla. -- Josh Freeman had the market on scrutiny cornered in Tampa Bay the last few weeks.
Now that the quarterback is gone, it’s time for a look at another guy that’s underachieving. That’s defensive end Da'Quan Bowers.
Coming into the season, the Bucs had very high hopes for Bowers. They thought he could finally put the injuries that slowed him in his first two seasons in the past. They thought Bowers could be an every-down defensive end and make an impact as a pass-rusher. They felt so strongly about Bowers that the Bucs let Michael Bennett depart as a free agent.
But, four games into the season, things aren’t working out anywhere close to how the Buccaneers and Bowers had hoped. Daniel Te’o-Nesheim has been starting ahead of Bowers and there aren’t any strong indications that will change anytime soon.
Bowers played a season-low 14 snaps in Tampa Bay’s last game before the bye. For the season, Bowers has two tackles and no sacks.
It’s looking more and more like Bowers, a second-round pick in 2011, will spend the entire season as a backup.