After a tumultuous week where he was arrested right before the start of Jacksonville Jaguars training camp, third-year defensive end Dante Fowler, Jr. has responded by having a good first few days of practice. While Fowler had been getting work on special teams, as well as on defense, he has had a few notable plays rushing the pass in one-one-one drills. Some would even joke that Fowler is why Branden Albert decided to retire, after Fowler beat him in a one-on-one pass rushing drill that Albert specifically requested.
“He’s been doing a nice job all camp, he really has. We’re happy with the way he’s going, and it’s just a matter of just being consistent, every day,” Jaguars head coach Doug Marrone said following Monday’s practice. “He’s got to keep doing the things he’s doing every day. He’ll get to where he wants to go. He can’t have any setbacks or any distractions. We know that publicly.”
It’s hard to get too excited, because we’ve seen this from Fowler before in training camp, but at the very least it’s nice that he’s seemingly responded well to his off field issues and not letting them distract him while he’s on the practice field. Fowler got the better of rookie second-round pick Cam Robinson on a few plays on Monday, but Robinson also shut down Fowler later on.
As it was last year around this time, the real thing to watch with Fowler will be when he’s going up against other teams like the New England Patriots and the team than seemingly locked him in a closet last year, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But again, so far, so good.