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With the departure of tailback Joseph Addai, the Tigers put more emphasis on the passing game in 2006. The combination of quarterback JaMarcus Russell, Bowe and fellow receiver Craig Davis helped the new strategy to be highly successful. The tandem of Russell-to-Bowe produced 18 touchdowns during their careers, making them the second-best scoring duo in school history behind the 21 scoring tosses from QB Tommy Hodson (1986-89) to Wendell Davis (1984-87) nearly two decades ago.
Bowe was regarded as one of the nation's elite receivers during his playing days at Norland Senior High School. He was a Class 6A All-State first-team selection, adding Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, Fox Sports Net South's All-South second-team and first-team Miami-Dade County honors. He was rated the No. 13 receiver in the prep ranks by College Football News.
Bowe did not compete in football until his junior year. He caught 32 passes for 624 yards (19.5 avg) and two touchdowns that season, adding three scores on kickoff returns. He hauled in 40 passes for 822 yards (20.6 avg) and 14 touchdowns his senior year, despite suffering a bruised foot that limited his play in the last four games. He continued his terrific season into the playoffs, catching eight passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns in three games as Norland finished the season as the Class 6A state champion for the first time in school history.
Bowe enrolled at Louisiana State in 2003, playing in 13 games as a true freshman. He was the team's fourth receiver, managing only nine catches for 106 yards (11.8 avg), but six of those grabs were good for first downs, including three that converted third-down plays.
Bowe took over "Z" receiver duties, starting 10 of 12 games in 2004. He finished second on the team with 39 receptions for 597 yards (15.3 avg) and five touchdowns. Thirty-one of his catches resulted in first downs, as he converted 5-of-15 third-down plays and made five grabs that were 20 yards or longer.
A nagging early season ankle injury saw Bowe start only nine of 12 games in 2005. He still managed to lead the team with 41 catches for 710 yards (17.3 avg) and nine touchdowns. He totaled 32 first downs, converted 9-of-21 third-down plays involved in and had twelve receptions for longer than 20 yards in 2005.
With the team opening up its aerial attack in 2006, Bowe went on a tear. He earned third-team All-American and first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors as he led the team and ranked sixth in the SEC with 65 receptions for 990 yards (15.2 avg) and a school single-season record 12 touchdowns. Eighteen of his receptions were for 20 yards or longer.
In 50 games at Louisiana State, Bowe started 30 times. He caught 154 passes and became only the sixth player in school history to gain more than 2,000 receiving yards (2,403). His 26 touchdown receptions set a school career record. Bowe also gained two yards on one reverse.
Positives: Has a well-built physique with long arms, large hands, good bubble and thick chest muscles...Has a frame that can carry at least another 10 pounds of bulk with no drop-off in speed...Physical player who uses his long arms and power to defeat the jam and get into his route progression...Best when working underneath in attempts to gain separation...Long strider who runs crisp routes and does a good job of shifting his weight in and out of his cuts...Too strong for defensive backs to attempt to reroute...Knows how to find the seams and keeping his feet in bounds working along the sidelines...More of a tackle-breaker than a receiver who can elude in the open, but it is very rare to see him get neutralized in one-on-one situations...Not afraid to go over the middle and compete for the ball in traffic...Has large, natural hands and knows how to extend and pluck away from his frame...Shows very good timing getting to the ball and is alert enough to locate the zone's soft areas...There is no flinch to him in attempts to extend and get vertical for the ball when working underneath...Even with his long stride, he has enough acceleration (needs to build to top speed though) to get under the deep throws...Has the body control and balance to go up for the ball in a crowd, but is more effective in the short-to-intermediate areas than when going deep...Has the lower body power to break tackles...Aggressive up field blocker who attacks and neutralizes second-level defenders consistently...Has a long stride that take a bit to reach top speed, but once he attains acceleration, he is sharp in his plant-and-drive to come out of his breaks cleanly...Squares his routes and knows how to drop his pads and open his hips to be even more crisp in his cuts...Uses his hands well to stab and push to knock the defender out of position...Does a good job of locating and sitting down in the soft areas on the field...Uses his frame well to shield defenders from the ball...Best when catching the ball in stride (struggles when having to track the ball over his shoulder)...With his size and strength, along with good aggression, he has developed into an effective stalk blocker, getting out to neutralize linebackers in the second level...Has the long arm reach and leaping ability to make plays on the ball in the air...Reliable red zone receiver (caught 8-of-11 passes inside the 20-yard line in 2006 and 17-of-24 for his career) who has the body control and timing to excel on fade routes... Compensates for a lack of explosiveness with good head fakes and spin moves to elude after the catch...When he keeps his pads down, he has the lower body strength to drag defenders for additional yardage after the catch.
Negatives: Has good timed speed, but because of his long stride he needs room to build acceleration...Lacks the suddenness to explode off the line, but gets to the receiving point once he gets into gear...Shows the ability to drop his weight, but will struggle a bit to get to the low throws...Has to rely on his power and forward body lean to gain separation rather than elude...Has natural hands, but looks to run with the ball before securing it, leading to costly drops or the ball bouncing off his frame for an interception...Better on short-to-intermediate routes, as he needs too much time in attempts to gobble up the cushion and separate on deep routes...Needs to improve his ability to look the long ball in over his outside shoulder (will get turned around some and lose sight of the ball).
Compares To: ARNAZ BATTLE-San Francisco...Like Battle, Bowe doesn't explode off the line of scrimmage, but he uses his strength to avoid the jam and get into his route progression. He has a great reach and a fearless attitude going for the ball in a crowd and is not the type who will shy away from contact.
Bowe's 154 receptions rank fourth in school history behind Wendell Davis (183, 1984-87), Michael Clayton (182, 2001-03) and Josh Reed (167, 1999-2001)...Ranks fifth in LSU annals and became the sixth player in school history to gain more than 2,000 yards receiving (2,403), joining Reed (3,001), Davis (2,708), Eric Martin (2,625, 1981-84), Clayton (2,582) and Tony Moss (2,196, 1986-89)...His 26 touchdown catches broke the previous school all-time record of 21 by Clayton...The combination of QB JaMarcus Russell and Bowe connected on 24 touchdown passes, topping the old school record of 21 between QB Tommy Hodson (1986-89) to Davis (1984-87)...Set a school record with at least one touchdown catch in seven consecutive games in 2005...His 65 receptions in 2006 tied Reed (2000) for fifth on the school's single-season record list...His 12 touchdown catches in 2006 set a Tiger single-season record, surpassing the previous mark of 11 by Davis in 1986 and matched by Devery Henderson in 2003...Of the 247 passes targeted to Bowe, 22 were deflected by the opposition and 116 produced first downs, as he converted 35-of-67 third-down plays and one more on fourth-down action...Had 35 receptions for 20 yards or longer and caught 17-of-24 passes thrown to him inside the red zone...Caught key passes that set up 40 touchdown drives and four others that resulted in field goals...Teamed with Early Doucet (59) and Craig Davis (56) in 2006 to become the school's first trio of players to catch more than 50 passes in the same season...Caught at least one pass in each of his last 25 games.
All-American third-team choice by The NFL Draft Report and Rivals.com...First-team All-Southeastern Conference pick by the league's coaches, adding second-team honors from the Associated Press...Ranked sixth in the conference (25th nationally) with an average of 76.15 yards receiving per game...Ranked sixth in the SEC (tied for 39th nationally) with an average of 5.0 receptions per game...Member of the Biletnikoff Award Watch List (given to the nation's top receiver)...Appeared in all thirteen games, starting eleven contests at the "Z" receiver position...Led the Tigers with a career-high 65 receptions for 990 yards (15.2 avg) and set the school season-record with twelve touchdowns...His 990 yards rank seventh on the school's season-record list...Of the 96 passes targeted to Bowe, nine were deflected by the opposition, as the receiver also turned the ball over once on a fumble...Registered 47 first downs among his 65 catches, as he converted 18-of-27 third-down plays and one more on fourth down...Eighteen of his grabs were for 20 yards or longer and he snatched 8-of-11 throws inside the red zone...Made big plays to set up eighteen touchdown drives and one more that resulted in a field goal.
Bowe earned Academic all-Southeastern Conference honors...A fall camp right ankle sprain kept him out of the season opener vs. Arizona State, but he started nine of the next twelve games at the "Z" receiver position, leading the team with 41 receptions for 710 yards (17.3 avg) and nine touchdowns...His nine scoring grabs rank sixth on the school's single-season record list...He set another Tigers record with at least one touchdown catch in seven-straight games...Of the 69 passes targeted to Bowe, seven were deflected by the opposition...32 of his catches were good for first downs, converting 9-of-21 third-down plays in the process...Twelve of his receptions gained 20 yards or more...Seven of his grabs came on plays inside the red zone.
Bowe played in twelve games, starting ten times at the "Z" receiver position...He ranked second on the team, catching 39 of the 71 passes thrown to him (six were deflected) for 597 yards (15.2 avg) and five touchdowns...Also carried once for a 2-yard gain...31 of his receptions produced first downs, as he converted 5-of-15 third-down plays and had five catches for 20 yards or longer...Bowe caught at least one pass in every game, except vs. Vanderbilt.
Dwayne lined up as the fourth receiver, seeing action in thirteen games as a true fresh-man...He caught nine passes, six good for first downs, totaling 106 yards (11.8 avg)... Three of his receptions helped convert third-down plays.
2002: Missed four games during his high school senior year with a right foot bruise.
2004: Left the Vanderbilt game (10/30) in the first quarter with a right ankle sprain that would limit his playing time in the final three regular season games.
2005: Missed two weeks of fall camp and the season opener vs. Arizona State (9/10) with a right ankle sprain.
Campus: 4.48 in the 40-yard dash...385-pound bench press...480-pound squat...286-pound power clean...33 5/8-inch arm length...9 7/8-inch hands...Right-handed...Wears contacts...15/37 Wonderlic score.
Combine: 4.57 in the 40-yard dash...1.64 10-yard dash...2.69 20-yard dash...4.35 20-yard shuttle...6.81 three-cone drill...33-inch vertical jump...10'5" broad jump.
Attended Norland Senior (Miami, Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Nigel Dunn...Regarded as one of the nation's elite receivers, he was a Class 6A All-State first-team selection, adding Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100, Fox Sports Net South's All-South second-team and first-team Miami-Dade County honors...Rated the No. 13 receiver in the prep ranks by College Football News...Did not compete in football until his junior year...Caught 32 passes for 624 yards (19.5 avg) and two touchdowns that year, adding three scores on kickoff returns...Hauled in 40 passes for 822 yards (20.6 avg) and 14 touchdowns his senior year, despite suffering a bruised foot that limited his play in the last four games...Continued his terrific season into the playoffs, catching eight passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns in three games as Norland finished the season as the Class 6A state champion for the first time in school history.
Education/General Studies major...Born Dwayne Lorenzo Bowe on 9/21/84 in Miami, Florida.
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08/12/15 - WR Dwayne Bowe has been out with a hamstring injury since Aug. 5 and will not play Thursday.
08/10/15 - WR Dwayne Bowe is sidelined because of a hamstring injury and is unlikely to play in the preseason opener against the Redskins on Thursday.
03/20/15 - WR Dwayne Bowe officially signed with the Browns Friday (March 20).
The Kansas City Chiefs released Bowe last week after they signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to a five-year, $55 million contract.
The Chiefs' first-round pick in 2007, Bowe has caught 532 passes for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns in eight years. He led the NFL with 10 touchdown catches in 2010.
However, his production had fallen off over the last three seasons. Last season, he caught just 60 passes for 754 yards and no touchdowns.
The Browns think he can help their offense, which is expected to be led by new quarterback Josh McCown.
"Dwayne is a player that adds a big, tough and physical presence to our group," general manager Ray Farmer said. "His ability to play in high traffic areas of the field for contested catches is something we really like. We have talked about having a versatile group of wide receivers that can align and play from various positions, and he can do that. His position versatility to go inside and outside the numbers appeals to us in a variety of ways. We look forward to seeing how he will help our team."
Bowe said he looks forward to playing in front of Cleveland fans.
"The Browns were the perfect situation from the fan base to the style of offense and the way I'll be utilized to help the team go to the next level," he said. "After eight years, you're a pro's pro. I've had every style of coaching, every personality. I've been through a lot and it's going to make this transition a little easier because of what I've been through. The fan base is crazy just like Kansas City and is something I'm excited to be a part of. The positive energy I'm going to bring to the locker room is definitely going to take the Dawg Pound to the next level."
Bowe figures to replace the suspended Josh Gordon as Cleveland's top receiver. The Browns also have added former Miami Dolphin Brian Hartline and still have Andrew Hawkins, who caught 63 passes for 824 yards in 201
03/19/15 - WR Dwayne Bowe, who was released by the Chiefs on March 12, agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Browns Thursday (March 19).
03/12/15 - WR Dwayne Bowe was released by the Chiefs on Thursday.
The was expected after the Chiefs signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin to a five-year, $55 million contract on Wednesday.
Bowe tweeted: "I want to thank the entire Chiefs organization from the bottom of my heart. You believed in me and gave me the chance to play in the NFL. I will be forever grateful."
The Chiefs' first-round pick in 2007, Bowe caught 532 passes for 7,155 yards and 44 touchdowns in eight years. He led the NFL with 10 touchdown catches in 2010.
However, his production had fallen off over the last three seasons. Last season, he caught just 60 passes for 754 yards and no touchdowns.
Bowe, 30, was scheduled to make $11 million this year, and the Chiefs will save $5 million against the salary cap by releasing him.
"On behalf of my family and the entire Chiefs organization, I'd like to thank Dwayne for his contributions over the last eight seasons," Chiefs Chairman and CEO Clark Hunt said. "During his time with the Chiefs, Dwayne established himself as one of the best receivers in club history. We wish Dwayne nothing but the best as he moves forward."