The Carolina Panthers may be concerned with the depth along their defensive line as they worked out former Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defensive end Da’Quan Bowers, according to ESPN.com’s David Newton. Bowers was a star at Clemson University with 26 tackles for a loss and 15.5 sacks as a junior and was considered one of the top prospects in the 2011 NFL Draft.
However, he slid all the way to the second round due to some medical concerns when the Bucs selected him halfway through the round. The injuries have continued to be an issue for Bowers and he has only played a full 16 game season once in his career, which happened his rookie season in 2011. He only has recorded seven sacks in his NFL career and three of them came in 2012.
Even with all the injury concerns and the lack of production, he is only 25 years of age and has tremendous physical gifts. The Bucs played around with the idea of moving him around the defensive line and he saw playing time inside at defensive tackle as well as at end last year.
The versatility is probably one of the reasons that the Panthers were willing to give Bowers a workout. The Panthers could be short a defensive tackle on Sunday with Star Lotulelei still dealing with a right foot injury. The team does have five defensive tackles on the roster but Bowers could provide insurance at defensive tackle and provide depth at defensive end when Lotulelei returns.
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