Lots of players show up to their first day of camp and the coaches look at them and ask them to shed a few pounds. Happens to players at all positions. But really, who gives a flying f***? Is the guy at his required playing weight come kick off of game one? Yes? Than what do you care?
Bowe had at least 1,000 receiving yards in three of his six seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. Bowe led the NFL with 15 touchdown receptions in 2010 and ranked seventh with 1,162 receiving yards. Bowe ranked 10th in receptions and 13th in receiving yards during the 2011 season.
Bowe’s production has declined in terms of receiving yards and TD receptions, but this was due in part to poor quarterback play. Kansas City’s quarterbacks combined to throw 21 touchdowns and 38 interceptions in 2011 and 2012 while the team ranked 28th in QB rating in 2011 and 31st in 2012.
i'd be happy w/bowe. people who think he's a malcontent or lazy are going off his pre-2010 reputation (which he did earn, to be fair). haley praised bowe's work ethic and considered him a team leader a season after he had demoted bowe. he's never had any off-field problems.
the knock on bowe's hands is legit, if somewhat overblown. he doesn't have 2010-11-brandon marshall-level dropsies, and he brings in some balls that a lot of receivers wouldn't.
i probably prefer wallace and then jennings over bowe, but not by a great margin, and it wouldn't surprise me if bowe was the best of the three over the next few years. each of them has his strengths (and weaknesses).
On the other side of the argument, put yourself in Bowe's shoes on that short-arm play. Would you have extended yourself to try to catch or knock down that ball? As for myself, I'm not sure. I like to think I would try to make a play for the ball, but I've never payed football at a high level. I'm really not sure how I'd deal with an NFL safety bearing down on me.
Last edited by josephreese; 01-17-2013 at 02:25 PM.
We should sign Riddick Bowe - he can punch the crap out of Ireland when he asks the next rookie prospect if his mom's a prostitute. You know, someone to keep Jeff in line.