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  1. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    Rising Cowboys star Bowen in a rush to keep improving

    By Charean Williams

    cjwilliams@star-telegram.com

    OXNARD, Calif. -- Stephen Bowen is as easygoing as defensive football players come. His disposition belies how tough his path has been to get where he is now -- a budding star on the Dallas Cowboys' star-studded defense.

    Bowen played at Hofstra, a school that recently dropped football. He wasn't drafted, signing with the Cowboys as a rookie free agent in 2006. He was cut from the team in his first training camp.

    All of which is why Bowen could be the team's defensive version of Miles Austin and Tony Romo, former rookie free agents who have become Pro Bowlers.

    "When I was younger, I always dreamed of being in this position," said Bowen, an end. "It's a dream come true for me that I'm still doing what I love to do. I just want to take advantage of it to the fullest."

    Bowen has been Mr. August so far, with a sack, a tackle for loss and three quarterback pressures in two preseason games. He, and the Cowboys, are hoping for the same production in the regular season.

    "He's been our pass-rush specialist, and I think he's stepped it up even better," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said. "He's rushing the passer, and he's playing the run better. Both of those things I think he took personal to try and get better. He worked really hard in the off-season.... He's played really well, and I told him that."

    It's taken Bowen five seasons, a lot of hard work and some good luck to get here. In his first training camp, he was cited as "some guy named Stephen Bowen" in a newspaper article about the struggles of veteran offensive tackle Jason Fabini, as if Bowen was a nobody.

    But, from the day they signed Bowen in 2006, the Cowboys always saw something in him.

    "I talk about it a lot with my wife," Bowen said of his long, hard journey. "I think I'm very humbled and appreciative of everything that God has given me. Anybody could have been in my position and had a chance to play. I've tried to take advantage of everything He's given me."

    Bowen spent his first eight games in the NFL on the practice squad before being elevated to the 53-player roster. In the only game Bowen played as a rookie, he sacked now-teammate and former Detroit quarterback Jon Kitna. Bowen also made a tackle and had a QB pressure in the 2006 season-ending loss to the Lions.

    Kitna has no memory of the sack, and laughed when told it was Bowen's first career sack.

    "I always tease the other guys, because DeMarcus [Ware] and [Marcus] Spears couldn't catch me," Kitna said. "But I try to stay away from the guy who actually caught me."

    Bowen made his first two career starts last season and his second, third and fourth career sacks. He also had 33 quarterback pressures, nearly doubling his career total.

    The Cowboys, having signed Bowen to a $1.759 million tender, which is $533,000 more than Spears will make, have plans for Bowen to be more -- much more -- than a situational pass-rusher.

    "He's the best example I've seen in the last 20 years of getting better and better and better over a two- or three-year period," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "...We have really high hopes for him."

    Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

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  2. RXP

    RXP Well-Known Member

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    The Cowboys ability to find diamonds from undrafted free agents has been exceptional in recent years. Hopefully they will keep it going.
  3. cowboyjoe

    cowboyjoe Well-Known Member

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    i think we hit gold in undrafted players this year
    McCann, Teddy Williams -2 years though to learn CB, Sicko- more of a pass catching TE then blocker, but very fast, in fact our fastest TE, maybe L Miller,

    our draft class this year will also have impact players we havent had in along time;
    Dez, Lee, AOA-Ansah, Josh Brent

    Young will be a good offensive linemen in time, and I think i was wrong about him.

    Sessimore will be another good defensive linemen too in time, but have to be groomed i think on practice squad for a year, but
    our star impact players will be

    Dez, Lee, Ansah, McCann, Teddy Williams
  4. chip_gilkey

    chip_gilkey Active Member

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    Its lissimore ;)
  5. stasheroo

    stasheroo Well-Known Member

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    I hope they're talking to Bowen and his agent about a long-term deal.

    Of the trifecta of pending free-agents next season - Spears, Hatcher, and Bowen - he's the one I in which I would make the long-term investment.
  6. jobberone

    jobberone Save the Snow Leopard Staff Member

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    Wade likes him on the weak side but says he can't play the strong side. I don't see that but I trust Wade. So for right now unless he takes Igor's spot then I don't see him starting.

    Someone in another thread mentioned moving Igor to the strong side and letting Bowen start the weak side. That move is sound IMO. I still think Hatcher can play the strong side though.
  7. CowboyDan

    CowboyDan Anger is a Gift

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    You're Welcome.


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  8. EPL0c0

    EPL0c0 The Funcooker

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    both Bowen and Hatcher have always been solid backups. There's been this sense that they can hold the fort for a few plays if need be. Maybe it's maturity, conditioning, etc, but both of them seem to have put things together so that starter or backup, there will be as little a drop off in effectiveness no matter who's in. This rotation can also help all of the guys at those position suffer a little less wear and tear as the season progresses.
  9. NextGenBoys

    NextGenBoys Active Member

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    If Bowen is our pass rusher at DE, I think he might be better suited for weak side. I dont think that it's he CANT play strong, I think he's just better suited for weak if his strengths are pass rushing from the DE spot.
  10. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    Sometimes you wonder how. Maybe we have the right players there. They just need a bit more time to develop and most teams have that talent but can't find it, have no time to develop it or no roster spots to hold it with.

    We seem to have gotten patient with the bottom of the roster in the past 5 years.
  11. CCBoy

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    "He's been our pass-rush specialist, and I think he's stepped it up even better," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said. "He's rushing the passer, and he's playing the run better. Both of those things I think he took personal to try and get better. He worked really hard in the off-season.... He's played really well, and I told him that."


    Wade Phillips has had a hand in player developments as have the entire and quality coaching staff. They are as much a part in this process, as this group of coaches are actually coaching them up and not just waiting for survival rates to take hold.

    I got a football autographed by Stephen Bowen two summers ago when the Cowboy players came down to Corpus Christi for a charity basketball game. He has remained very approachable as well quite polite in conversation. But a terror on the field. HOOOOAH!
  12. Idgit

    Idgit Ice up, son. Ice up! Staff Member

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    Bowen's one of my pet cats. He's just a good football player. One of those guys where you watch him and wonder why the team doesn't elevate him to a starter.
  13. CowboyDan

    CowboyDan Anger is a Gift

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    As CCBoy said above, he's one heck of a nice guy too. If you ever get a chance, say hi to him. He's very down to earth.

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