One of the many exciting things to look forward to this season is the addition of some pass rush. Dante Fowler was drafted last year to solve the problems that Jacksonville has had since the days of Reggie Hayward and John Henderson.
Defensive coordinator Todd Wash has claimed that Fowler is more explosive than anyone in the organization foresaw him being. And while they limit his reps early in the offseason, you kind of get the feeling that he is going to be a star in Gus Bradley’s system. The Jaguars have lacked an intimidating pass rusher for years, but this kid could be the answer.
Of course, the massive free agent addition of Malik Jackson will help generate some interior pass rush. The two together could help transform this squad into an entirely different defensive unit. Cornerback Prince Amukamura stated that the front four and playmakers in the secondary are like nothing he’s ever seen in his 5-year career.
There’s plenty of reason to believe this unit can transform from one of the worst defenses in 2015 to a respectable group this season. Fowler is going to be one of the main cogs that either helps grow this defense or sets it back. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed for the former and not the latter.