Dante Fowler hopes to “put good film out there for everybody to see”

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When the Jaguars announced that they would not exercise their option on defensive end Dante Fowler‘s contract for the 2019 season, executive vice president of football operations Tom Coughlin said the Jags want “him to have a great season and earn a new long-term contract.”

Given the lack of security beyond this season, Fowler could find himself in a position where he’s soliciting offers from multiple clubs. On Wednesday, the 2015 first-round pick said he knows “how good of a player I am” and that his plan for the coming season is to make sure every team in the league knows it as well.

“I can really only do so much playing a certain percentage of the snaps,” Fowler said, via Jacksonville.com. “When I look back on it, I feel good but there are some things that I need to work on. I’m going to keep working hard and do my job so I can put good film out there for everybody to see.”

Fowler had eight sacks while playing over 44 percent of the team’s defensive snaps last season, which represented a jump in productivity despite playing less often than he did in 2016. If the productivity continues to rise in his fourth season, missing out on the option year may turn out to be a good thing for Fowler’s long-term outlook.

4 responses to “Dante Fowler hopes to “put good film out there for everybody to see”

  1. He’s had four years to “put good film out there for everybody to see.” Maybe this year the Jags will see what they thought they would see when they wasted a first-round pick on this knucklehead. I’m sure he’ll play really hard this year because he’s playing for a contract. Once some team signs him for a truckload of money he’ll go back to being a reincarnation of Albert Haynesworth.

  2. whenwilliteverend says:
    June 14, 2018 at 10:14 am
    He’s had four years to “put good film out there for everybody to see.”

    Weird considering he’s only been in the league three seasons, and he did not play his first year because of a torn ACL suffered in camp.

    Maybe he has not lived up to what you’d want from the third pick. But he proved to be a more than competent pass rusher for one of the top defenses in the league. And he had two sacks in the AFC title game.

  3. shackdelrio says:
    June 14, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Weird considering he’s only been in the league three seasons, and he did not play his first year because of a torn ACL suffered in camp.

    Maybe he has not lived up to what you’d want from the third pick. But he proved to be a more than competent pass rusher for one of the top defenses in the league. And he had two sacks in the AFC title game.

    Fair points. He’s still had two years to show what he can do and for the third pick in the draft you’d expect an every down player instead of a pass-rushing specialist who is on the sideline more than half the time. He’s had a lot of personal fouls as well as the off-the-field issues. He sees the writing on the wall after they drafted another kid from UF to replace him. I just think for a guy drafted that high they were expecting more. The fact they turned down his fifth-year option speaks volumes about how he figures in the Jags’ future. I woudln’t be surprised if the rookie gets more snaps than Fowler does.

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