This past off-season he found himself in the news for the wrong reasons. But the legal system made their ruling so Bowe has moved on and so has the Chiefs. At hand today, he enters his eight NFL season with something to prove.
The Kansas City Chiefs offense came to life in the second half of the season. However, Bowe wasn’t much of a factor in most of that resurgence. However, when it came down to the playoffs, everyone saw the first rate potential he displayed against the Indianapolis Colts.
In the off-season, Bowe made some internal changes. He began a new diet, worked with a personal trainer and generally appears ready to take his place as the teams top receiver.
Can he get that done?
“I just shoot for every day to be the best person I can be. Just make this contagious, every play, play by play. And hope that everybody else tags along and puts some wins together,” Bowe said after practice Friday morning.
Still the taste of last year still hasn’t rubbed off completely. The Chiefs had chances to do even more than they accomplished in 2013 and Bowe was honest in his view of looking at the past in order but dwelling on the future.
“We are just going to start over new. Don’t be complacent; just make every play your last play. That’s what I tell my group. That play, be the best you can be at that play. And at the end of practice, you’ll put a great practice together. And that’s what we’re trying to do,” he said.
The Chiefs are going to need Bowe, and his receiver mates; to catch a lot of passes this season. Where the unit struggled a year ago was in their inability to catch the ball consistently. Drops are part of the NFL game but when they’re caused by a lack of concentration, those tend to stand out.
Bowe was one of those culprits and that might be part of the reason he took his off-season to a new level. At 29-years old, he’s not getting any younger. He’s also in the second year of his mega rich contract and that could prove to be an issue in 2015 should Bowe digress this season.
Still that’s not a question anyone can answer in July. What can be answered at this time is the fact Bowe appears to be more mature and seasoned as he heads into his second training camp under Head Coach, Andy Reid. In listening to speak now, he understands the task at hand and the importance of being in tip top NFL shape at this stage of his career.
“As you get older and talking to the old vets, they tell you that every year you should lose more weight and that’s how you stay in the game. That’s what I’m trying to do,” Bowe said.
Chiefs Camp Quotes
OC Doug Pederson - “When it’s in the heat of the battle, and it’s kind of crunch time, you want your guys on the field, and that’s the bottom line. Jamaal’s a part of that and he’s going to be on the football field regardless of how may touches he’s had early in the game or how many plays he has leading up to that point, so when we get to that aspect of the game, then we’re going to put our best guys out on the field.”
DE Mike Devito - “Yeah, everything spikes right up, you’re intensity and focus. Then just the feel of the atmosphere is football again. We’ve been going through OTAs in the offseason and now these kind of little practices that build up. But tomorrow it gets real and it builds a foundation for the season. That’s how you really get better as a player is you put those pads on and go out there and compete.”
S Eric Berry - “No, we’re pretty much on the same page. We went through OTAs together, a lot of communication; we rotated a lot through OTAs s well. The main thing is, if you‘re not on the field at any time, wherever you’re at on the depth chart, you’re considered a starter. It doesn’t matter. You’re number may be called, and you’ve got to look at yourself as a starter. Whenever you get out there, perform as a starter. It doesn’t matter who comes in. Got to bring your ‘A’ game.”
P Dustin Colquitt - “We were five years in River Falls, and now five here. Isn’t that unbelievable?’ Yeah, you sit back and think this has been a great town for us, too. River Falls was awesome. This is a great town. They kind of open up the doors, roll the red carpet out. But yeah, it is a different training camp for us. We are very specialized. We try to extend an advantage on the field when O (offense) and D (defense) kind of putters out so we have to be there. It’s a mind game, so we’ve got to be there for them when that happens.”
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