Tyus Bowser looked fantastic in his first preseason game:
Tyus Bowser is an incredible athlete. His raw ability was on display in the Ravens first preseason game. Bowser flashed all over the field. He showed coverage skills, a rare trait for a rookie linebacker. He showed pass rush; Jaylen Hill’s first interception came via an under thrown ball. The ball was off target because Bowser hit Colt McCoy hard.
Bowser’s statistics tell a more mild story than his performance. He showed that he could do all three facets of the outside linebacker position. Bowser can play in space and defend the pass. He can make the quarterback pay and he hits hard. It was a good first glimpse at the Ravens rookie. The linebacker from Houston showed why he was a second round selection.
The talk of the town, since the NFL Draft, has been about Tim Williams. Williams is a lengthy pass rusher from Alabama. He had 20 sacks in his collegiate career. There is a reason Williams has such lofty expectations on his shoulder. He may have been a draft steal, but right now Bowser is ahead of him.
Bowser was pretty productive as a linebacker at Houston. He had 22.5 sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles in four years. Honestly, the hype of Williams is fair, but Bowser deserves it too. Their production was about equal in the pass rushing department and Bowser did better in the other aspects of the game. Bowser could get a lot of playing time this season because of that.
Bowser is just getting started. The first thing that popped out the other night was how comfortable he looked on the football field. It is important to remember that this is his starting point. He is only going to get better.
The Bottom Line:
Like the rest of his defensive teammates, he was flying around out there. That is exciting to see from a rookie. He’s just playing football and he’s not in his head. Bowser looked like a second round pick against Washington. Let’s hope he can do even more against the Miami Dolphins.
There is no doubt in my mind that Bowser will contribute to the defense in a positive way this season. He can make plays in so many ways, so he’ll never be a liability on the edge as a rookie. It looks like Ozzie Newsome got this one right.