Dante Fowler Jr. was injured on the first day of the Jacksonville Jaguars rookie minicamp. The first round rookie had big expectations heading to Jacksonville. Some considered him the best player in the draft. Those who didn’t, considered him the best pass rusher.
Now, he is likely to ride the bench.
That’s a tough break for the Jaguars who were hoping that maybe, just maybe, he would not have a big injury.
While we can’t miss what we never really had, it’s a tough break for the Jaguars who were expecting Dante Fowler to come in and instantly improve their pass rush. While the Jags had decent sack numbers last season, they didn’t do exceptionally well in pressures, hurries, and hits.
Now, it looks like everything will fall onto a group that underperformed in creating consistent pressure in 2014. Chris Clemons and company will have to find a way to improve without a talent like Dante Fowler leading the way.
The Jaguars are trending upward, but if they have setbacks like this consistently then it becomes difficult to succeed. The team lost 2013 first round pick Luke Joeckel to injury just a few games into his rookie season as well. If Fowler does stay gone for the entirety of the 2015 season, then the Jaguars will have had just a season and a half of rookie production from their first rounders over the past three drafts.
We wish Fowler the best in his recovery and hope he can find his way back onto the football field soon. There’s no point in rushing it, though, as it is more important to have Fowler for the future, whenever that may be and not perpetually injured forevermore.
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