The Jacksonville Jaguars will be looking for big improvement from their pass rush this season and a lot of that is going to fall on the shoulders of Dante Fowler, Jr. and rookie third-round pick Yannick Ngakoue. The latter has been the more talked about pass rusher through the early days of training camp, while without pads, can only be a good thing for the Jaguars who've struggled to have a starting caliber edge rusher, let alone depth.
DE Yannick Ngakoue goes right by LT Luke Joeckel for a sack. #Jaguars. pic.twitter.com/3G9OZcRPz4— Michael DiRocco (@ESPNdirocco) August 1, 2016
"I challenged him today because he has had two pretty good days. You just feel with those two guys on the edge more explosiveness and we felt like that should help our inside rushers," Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley said about the rookie pass rusher. "For him it's that training camp it's the third day, you got to keep going now. It is not just what you have done in the last two days. I have been impressed by his mental process and how he goes about it. He is real tough and you know it is very, very important to him. So I think those two guys have done a nice job working. You see them communicating well together and what they are seeing."
While much of the focus will be on Fowler, the Jaguars first round pick from last season and missed his rookie year with a knee injury, Ngakoue's impact is going to be nearly as important for the 2016 season. With the team having an unproven duo of pass rushers rotating at the LEO spot, they'll both need to make contributions for the defense to have success in 2016.