In Ricky Henne’s latest edition of his mailbag segment, he was asked if there is a Charger that “isn’t getting a lot of attention but should be.” His answer was a bit of a surprise.
“If you asked me earlier this week, I’d have said Isaac Rochell. However, the second-year defensive end drew praise from Head Coach Anthony Lynn on Thursday, so I’ll go with Braedon Bowman. The tight end spent all of last season on the practice squad, but I’ve been impressed with his playmaking ability this spring. Bowman is a 6-2, 240-pounder with soft hands as a receiver and the snarl to succeed as a blocker. He has NFL experience, appearing in three games for the New York Jets in 2016 before injuring his ACL. With the Bolts needing some of their young tight ends to step up, he’s a name to watch during training camp and preseason action.”
For those of you who haven’t dug in the Bowman File, he is an Arizona-native currently in his third year at the professional level out of the University of South Alabama. In Mobile, Bowman was not used much as a receiving threat as he finished his final two years with a receiving line of 29-381-0.
It’s safe to assume a player of Bowman’s resume must rely on his ability to contribute as a blocker and on special teams. This is likely how he sticks with the Bolts and obviously the injury to Hunter Henry helps that case, as well. At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, he doesn’t scream “top-notch” blocker with his size but he’s obviously done enough up to this point to be receiving such praise in the first place.
If Bowman is really able to step-up and help out at the tight end position this season, than I will be just as excited as anyone else.
Below is a short video of his senior season at USA. Take a gander and let me know what you think in this comment section.