JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – With the return of Dante Fowler the Jaguars will essentially have two first round picks next season. After being taken third overall in last year’s draft, Fowler tore his ACL on the first day of rookie minicamp.
There’s no telling how effective Fowler would’ve been as a rookie but he surely would’ve helped a defense that gave up the second most points in team history.
The Jaguars are hoping that defensive coordinator Todd Wash can help fix the leaks on that side of the ball. Last season he served as the Jaguars defensive line coach and run game coordinator and he already knows exactly how he plans to use Fowler.
“We started studying how to put him in some different positions to be successful and really stress the offensive line and the offensive quarterback or whoever you want to say,” said Wash. “We have to make sure that we put him in position to be successful, not just standing up out there or putting his hand down. At the same time, we have to stay within our package and put him in a position. He’s an explosive player. I think it hurt when we lost him a year ago. You saw some of the issues that we had because Dante wasn’t here. He’s busting his hind end, working out, body is already starting to change. You can see the determination he has to come back from this injury. I can’t wait to put my hands on him."
This video from Fowler’s Instagram account shows how busy he’s been in “the lab.”