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Bucs, looking for a pass-rusher, turn to former end Da’Quan Bowers

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For the Tampa Bay Bucs, the new hope as a pass-rushing defensive end looks, well, a lot like the old hope as a pass-rushing defensive end.

And hello again, Da’Quan Bowers.

Bowers, formerly a second-round draft pick out of Clemson, re-signed with the Bucs on Monday, meaning he isn’t ready to trade in his jersey quite yet. When the Bus picked Bowlers in 2011, the feellng was that they might have a steal. Most of the draft analysts had picked Bowers to go very high in the draft.

He didn’t, however, and he really hasn’t shown that he should have. In 50 games, he had only seven sacks with the Bucs and 17 tackles for a loss. In all, he had 70 tackles.

Bowers joins a crowded slot at defensive end, but one that is still looking for someone to command extra attention from the enemy offensive line.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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