Raiders LB NaVorro Bowman claims he has ‘a lot of juice left’
Veteran linebacker NaVorro Bowman found little to no downtime after he was waived by the San Francisco 49ers last week, with the neighboring Oakland Raiders quickly snagging him up to bolster their defense on Tuesday.
Although Bowman hasn’t been at his best of late, the three-time Pro Bowl selection is still very optimistic that he can regain his prime form playing for a different Bay Area franchise.
On Monday, Bowman spoke to the media for the first time as a member of the Silver and Black. When asked about his take on how he would fit in with the Raiders, the former Penn State standout wasn’t short of confidence:
“I’m only 29 years old and I still have a lot of juice left in me.”
29 is not considered a very old age, yet, for defensive players in the NFL, it is. However, Bowman hasn’t really been the same since he suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the 2014 NFC Championship Game against the Seattle Seahawks. He did have a career-best 154 tackles during his comeback season in 2015, but only played four games the following year after tearing his Achilles tendon mid-season.
Already with studs Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin, the Raiders could very well have the most fearsome linebacker corps in the league, granted that Bowman stays on the field and lives up to his claim of having a lot more in his tank.
Bowman’s debut in Oakland could come as early as this Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, but he also tempered some expectations by still having to learn and get a grasp of a new system:
“If I’m prepared enough, I’ll definitely try to give it a shot.”