Bowden reverted to the Patriots' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.
Analysis: Bowden received his first elevation to the active roster this season prior to Sunday's Week 9 win over Indianapolis and played on 14 of the team's 63 offensive snaps. However, he didn't record any touches or targets. Bowden has a versatile skill set, but he's still looking to regain a consistent spot on an NFL roster after missing all of last season with a hamstring injury.
Nov 7, 2022 4:56 PM EST
Bowden was elevated from the Patriots' practice squad to the active roster on Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Bowden has spent the entire season on the Patriots' practice squad and has yet to be active for a game. However, with DeVante Parker (knee) ruled out, Bowden is poised to serve as depth among the team's receiving corps for Sunday's game against the Colts. He's most likely to see the field on special teams.
Nov 5, 2022 10:34 PM EST
Bowden signed a contract with New England's practice squad Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Bowden was waived by the Dolphins on Monday after he failed to carve out a spot in the team's relatively deep corps of wideouts this preseason. The 24-year-old has played multiple offensive positions -- including quarterback, running back and wideout -- dating back to his college days with Kentucky. Bowden will likely need to work his way into a similar multi-positional role in order to secure a spot on New England's active roster.
Sep 1, 2022 1:13 PM EST
The Dolphins are waiving Bowden, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Bowden offers versatility as a former college QB who has played running back and slot receiver in addition to returning kicks at times. He may not be skilled enough at one task to warrant a roster spot in Miami, but other teams could be interested in taking a look. Bowden was a third-round pick of the Raiders' in 2020.
Aug 30, 2022 6:13 AM EST
The Dolphins have engaged in discussions about trading Bowden, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Bowden and fellow incumbent wideout Preston Williams have both had their reps in training camp limited due to impressive showings by rookies Erik Ezukanma (fourth round) and Braylon Sanders (UDFA). Bowden's acumen on special teams should give him a leg up over Williams in terms of competing for a roster spot, but neither player has a clear path to offensive snaps in Miami's revamped receiver corps, so it's conceivable that an organization with poor depth at the position, such as Dallas, could part ways with late-round draft capital. A hamstring injury kept Bowden from taking the field last season, but he's participated in training camp without issue.
Aug 9, 2022 3:37 AM EST
Alain Poupart of Sports Illustrated predicts that Bowden's versatility will land him a roster spot with the Dolphins this coming season.
Analysis: Bowden, who didn't play last season due to a hamstring injury, was sidelined during a portion of the team's OTAs, but was subsequently able to re-take the field and should be ready to compete fully in training camp. While the 24-year-old's path to steady touches in Miami's offense is murky, Poupart suggests that Bowden's diverse skill set should land him a depth role in the team's re-tooled wideout corps, which also includes top options Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, along with Cedrick Wilson, Trent Sherfield, Preston Williams and Erik Ezukanma.
Jun 27, 2022 12:26 PM EST
Bowden isn't participating in the Dolphins' OTAs, Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Bowden suffered a hamstring injury during training camp last year and was ultimately placed on injured reserve for the entire season. Health isn't the 2020 third-round pick's only concern, as he also faces competition for a roster spot after the Dolphins acquired Tyreek Hill via trade this summer and drafted Erik Ezukanma in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Miami's new head coach Mike McDaniel has praised Bowden's versatility as a unique trait, but the 5-foot-11 offensive gadget has to get healthy before he hopes to carve out a roll in the Dolphins loaded wideout corps.
May 25, 2022 10:50 AM EST
Bowden (hamstring) will face competition from rookie fourth-round pick Erik Ezukanma this offseason, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.
Analysis: Bowden, who spent the entire 2021 season sidelined due to a hamstring injury, could very realistically be on the roster bubble for Miami's new coaching staff. The 24-year-old flashed some competence as a rookie in 2020, when he racked up 28 catches for 211 yards on 37 targets through 10 appearances, but he now faces competition for even a depth gig from all of Ezukanma, Preston Williams and Trent Sherfield.
May 10, 2022 6:16 AM EST
Bowden (hamstring) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday and reverted to injured reserve, The Orange County Register reports.
Analysis: Bowden landed on the COVID list last week but is now back on injured reserve, where he's been since August. The 24-year-old isn't expected to take the field for Miami this season.
Dec 29, 2021 8:23 PM EST
Bowden (illness) was moved to the reserve/COVID-19 list from IR on Wednesday, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports.
Analysis: Bowden was already out for the season with a hamstring injury suffered in practice during training camp. Any rehabbing at the Dolphins' facility that he is doing will have to pause until he can clear COVID protocols. Once cleared, he'll return to preparing for the 2022 season.
Dec 22, 2021 5:18 PM EST
Bowden (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The Dolphins would've waited a week if they wanted the option to bring Bowden back later this season. As is, he'll be ineligible for the entire season if he remains with the Dolphins, only able to return if he agrees to an injury settlement and gets released. That wouldn't typically happen with a third-round pick in his second pro season, but Bowden is already on his second NFL team -- one that happens to have a crowded depth chart at wide receiver. The Dolphins also parted ways with Isaiah Ford and Robert Foster on Tuesday, clearing out some of the competition for the final spot or two at WR.
Aug 24, 2021 1:15 PM EST
Bowden (hamstring) is listed as not expected to play on the Dolphins' injury report before Saturday's preseason game.
Analysis: Bowden suffered a hamstring strain during Thursday's practice and will not play in the Dolphins' second preseason game. An MRI revealed that the hamstring wasn't full torn, but the injury could still keep him out for an extended time. With Miami signing Will Fuller and drafting Jaylen Waddle this offseason, Bowden's stocked slipped significantly, and he may now be in jeopardy of missing the final roster.
Aug 21, 2021 7:10 PM EST
Bowden suffered a hamstring strain during Thursday's practice, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Bowden underwent an MRI to diagnose the full severity of his injury, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, but the tests did not reveal a full tear. While that's good news for Bowden's recovery timetable, it puts the Dolphins in position to make a difficult roster decision. The second-year pro boasts versatility and elusiveness, but there aren't enough depth spots to go around at wide receiver, and hamstring injuries can be tricky to fully shake.
Aug 20, 2021 8:37 AM EST
Bowden suffered an apparent leg injury at Thursday's practice, Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Analysis: Bowden was holding his right leg or hamstring as he limped off the practice field. Though Bowden was solid when called upon for limited action last season, he now finds himself fighting for a roster spot in Miami's deep receiving corps. If Bowden ends up missing preseason action, with Saturday's exhibition matchup against Atlanta right around the corner, it could harm his chances of securing a depth role.
Aug 19, 2021 12:10 PM EST
Bowden is competing for a spot on Miami's regular-season roster, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.
Analysis: Bowden flashed in limited opportunities as a rookie, when he secured 28 of 37 targets for 221 yards across 10 contests. The 2020 third-round pick also logged nine carries for 32 yards. Despite the versatility and elusiveness Bowden has already demonstrated at the NFL level, Miami's newly revamped wide receiver corps has enough depth that there may not be enough roster spots to go around. In addition to new starters Will Fuller (suspension) and Jaylen Waddle, Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns have both returned after opting out due to COVID-19 last season, while the likes of Jakeem Grant, Preston Williams (foot), Isaiah Ford and Robert Foster could all also be in the mix for limited depth roles.
Aug 9, 2021 10:17 AM EST
Bowden secured eight of 12 targets for 44 yards in Sunday's 56-26 loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: Bowden also lost seven yards on his only carry. The rookie third-round pick wasn't tremendously effective upon being thrust into a key offensive role with Jakeem Grant (ankle) sidelined, but it's at least been encouraging to see the Dolphins' coaching staff trust him with such important duties down the stretch. Through 10 appearances in 2020, Bowden caught 28 of 37 targets for 211 yards while also logging nine carries for 32 yards. After having flashed versatility and upside as a rookie, Bowden will look to take a step forward in his development for 2021.
Jan 4, 2021 10:30 AM EST
Bowden secured two of three targets for eight yards during Saturday's 26-25 win over the raiders. He also carried the ball once for eight yards.
Analysis: Bowden worked behind all of Jakeem Grant, Mack Hollins and Isaiah Ford in Miami's wide receiver corps Saturday, even with DeVante Parker (hamstring) sidelined. The rookie third-round pick has flashed real pass catching ability, but he's not yet involved on offense with enough consistency to warrant fantasy consideration outside of deep formats.
Dec 27, 2020 11:39 AM EST
Bowden secured six of seven targets for 37 yards during Sunday's 22-12 win over the Patriots.
Analysis: Bowden led the team in targets with DeVante Parker (hamstring), Mike Gesicki (shoulder) and Jakeem Grant (hamstring) all sidelined Sunday, and he managed fair fantasy production in PPR formats despite being limited to mediocre yardage. Depending on the health of Miami's receiving corps when Dec. 26's game against the Raiders rolls around, the rookie third-round pick could play another notable role on offense.
Dec 20, 2020 1:44 PM EST
Bowden is in line to see added Week 15 opportunities with DeVante Parker (hamstring) and Jakeem Grant (hamstring) both inactive for Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Analysis: Tight end Mike Gesicki (shoulder) is also out, so the Dolphins will need to turn to the likes of Bowden, Mack Hollins, Isaiah Ford to help out in the team's Week 15 passing game. Last weekend against Kansas City, Bowden logged a career-high seven catches (on nine targets) for 82 yards, and he figures to be busy again Sunday.
Dec 20, 2020 8:58 AM EST
Bowden caught seven of nine targets for 82 yards in Sunday's 33-27 loss to Kansas City. He also had a two-yard run and an incomplete pass.
Analysis: Bowden led the Dolphins in catches and receiving yards while tying Mack Hollins for the team lead in targets, as fellow pass-catcher Devante Parker (leg), Mike Gesicki (shoulder) and Jakeem Grant (leg) all left the game with injuries. The Dolphins' passing attack didn't skip a beat despite those injuries, even though the team's comeback bid ultimately came up six points short. Given Bowden's instant chemistry with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in this one, he should remain a major part of Miami's game plan in Week 15 against the Eagles. Bowden also got the ball on a pair of trick plays, throwing an incomplete pass on one and opting to tuck it and run for a short gain after the Chiefs took away the passing option on the other.
Dec 13, 2020 3:26 PM EST
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