Dante Fowler practicing without limitations for Jaguars

AP

After a season lost to a knee injury, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. is back practicing without limitations.

The third overall draft pick in 2015 missed his entire rookie season after suffering a torn ACL on the first day of rookie mini-camp. Now over a year removed from the injury, the Jaguars aren’t limiting Fowler’s participation in training camp.

I think you are seeing him. We are not holding him back right now. You know I think the challenge for us is how long can he play at that level,” Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said about Fowler, via Alfie Crow of BigCatCountry.com. “You know can he do that 70 plays – can he do that 50 plays? I think we are trying to get a feel for that and it’s his conditioning, but it’s really with everybody in the D-line. How much can they play and keep our standard? So that is the challenge for him, but I have been impressed with him.”

The Jaguars managed just 36 sacks last season, tied for 20th best in the league. The team needs more production from their front to get the needed improvement as a whole on the defensive side of the football. If Fowler and free agent signing Malik Jackson can provide that pressure, it should make jobs easier for the rest of the defense to make some of the leaps needed to get the Jaguars in a position to contend for a playoff spot in 2016.

4 responses to “Dante Fowler practicing without limitations for Jaguars

  1. the defense is potentially dangerous with the FA upgrades and the draft. if the offense can put up points and develop they can be in the thick of it in December.

  2. With Fowler, Ramsey & Jack all taking their 1st NFL snaps this year, it’s basically like Jax has three 1st round picks this year. They’ll get used to playing in the NFL as the year goes along. NEXT season, the Jags defense could be really scary good.

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