Each of the NFL team sites is always on the lookout for content ideas, and the Dallas Cowboys site came up with an interesting one. They are ranking the top 50 players among the Cowboys and their 13 opponents for the coming season. For the 4th of July, they went with NaVorro Bowman at No. 19. The 49ers host the Cowboys on October 2 for a Week 4 matchup. Bowman missed the 2014 season-opening win over the Cowboys while recovering from his knee injury. He has one game against the Cowboys, coming back in 2011.
Former NFL personnel man Bryan Broaddus writes content for the Cowboys website, and he offered up his scouting report on Bowman. He talked about his consistency in effort and the fact that he is a “super competitive player” who does not come off the field. Here are four other points he made about Bowman:
- Nose for the ball. Quick to get off blocks. Makes plays along the line of scrimmage. Knows how to stay square and fit. Shows range to get to the outside against the run.
- Wrap up tackler in the open field. When he gets in position can finish. Strong tackler. Shows strike and power. Contact balance is outstanding whether taking on a blocker or making a tackle.
- Can beat blockers to the point of attack. Can run down plays from behind. Quick reactions. Good movement and change of direction. Plays with body control and balance. Rare to see him off balance or on the ground. Is able to turn and burst. Used on the blitz. Power to attack the pocket.
- If he does have an area of concern it would be in pass coverage. Can handle things between the hashes but there are snaps where you see him struggle when the running back works wide on him. Has no problems in zone coverage with his drops and reactions. Is a playmaker. Will knock the ball loose when he tackles or get his hand up in the throwing lane to bat a pass down.
Pass coverage was an issue for Bowman last year. He now has the full season under his belt, and all indications are that he has shown significant progress in getting his knee back to 100 percent. He was showing a lot of improvement as last season wore on, but he acknowledged his recovery time was fairly significant. This offseason he has said he recovers much quicker following workouts. It’s just a player’s own comments, but physically it makes sense.