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Jacksonville Jaguars Daily: Dante Fowler playing faster

The Jaguars' first-round pick from 2015 is getting better.

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Jacksonville Jaguars pass rusher Dante Fowler playing faster -
The optimism surrounding the Jacksonville Jaguars' improved defense hinges largely on 2015 first-round pick Dante Fowler, who missed his entire rookie season after an ACL injury last May. Fowler has participated in every OTA session this offseason and said he feels like he's growing with each snap. "The reps they do give me, I try and take advantage of," he said, via the Florida Times-Union. "My job is to show that whatever they put on my plate, I can handle. The more they give me, the more I can show that I can be accountable."

The tight ends are going to show up on the stat sheet in 2016 -
The Jacksonville Jaguars spent big money on the tight end position in the 2015 NFL offseason, locking up Julius Thomas with the thought that he would significantly improve their passing game. He ended up with just under 500 receiving yards with five touchdowns, but he really only played a significant role in 10 games last year after missing the preseason and start of the season with a hand injury.

Jaguars defense playing faster with Tashaun Gipson -
During the 2015 season the Jaguars ranked 29th in pass defense and 31st in points allowed. They also got a total of zero interceptions from the free safety position. In order to address that issue the Jaguars spent $35 million dollars on Tashaun Gipson. The former Brown was named to the Pro Bowl in 2014 and finished with 14 interceptions during his four years in Cleveland. In order for Gus Bradley’s defense to operate efficiently you have to have a ball hawking free safety and Gipson has no doubt that he can do just that.