As it turned out, he not only played, Dowtin made an impact.
“I didn’t even think I was going to play tonight,” Dowtin said in the locker room after the 34-6 romp over the Bears. “So just being ready and coach giving me an opportunity to play, I really appreciate it and I took advantage of it.”
“Since I’ve been in college, it’s always been my thing that when I get in the game I’ve got to make the best of opportunities,” said Dowtin, who began his college career at Georgia and finished it at North Alabama. “I can’t worry about what I can’t control. I’ve got to worry about opportunities given to me.
“So each and every time I get in the game, even if I’m at center I’m going to do something. I’m going to figure it out and I’m going to get something done.”
Dowtin did just that in his handful plays against the Bears. He finished with three solo tackles, including one for a loss, while playing one series and part of another in the fourth quarter. On a second-and-6 play, he dropped running back Shaun Draughn for a 2-yard loss as the Bears had to settle for a field goal after reaching the Seahawks’ 10-yard line. On the Bears’ final possession, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Dowtin stopped running back Senorise Perry after a 4-yard gain on a first-and-10 play, then tackled Perry for no gain after he had caught a pass at the Seahawks’ 10 on third-and-6. Again, the Bears settled for a field goal.
Asked which play he liked best, Dowtin offered, “I guess I could say the first play, because it was just an opportunity. But every opportunity is just as good as the next. I try to take advantage of every one of them, so I kind of hold them all in high regard.”
Since his first practice, Dowtin found himself on a linebacker-laden roster with the Seahawks.
“It’s definitely a good group of guys,” he said. “You’ve got a lot of young guys that have different aspects they bring to the game.”
When healthy, that is. Middle linebacker and two-time leading tackler
That’s why Dowtin is here, and that’s why he has gotten as many opportunities as he has – in practice, as well as the preseason games.
It’s not an easy situation to handle, but Dowtin has embraced it.
“It pretty much boils down to how I was raised,” he said. “You’ve got to be ready for sudden change. You’ve got to be ready when things aren’t as you think they would be, or should be. So when the time shows up and you’ve got to perform, it’s time to perform. You can’t really hesitate.”