Florida’s former First Round selection Arrested – again.
Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. was arrested on Tuesday and is being charged with battery.
This is Fowler’s 2nd arrest inside of less than one year. Granted his previous charges were dropped, he was still involved in negative off-field legal problems. Completing a pretrial diversion program prevented the news of his December 2016 arrest from creating major waves in the national spotlight.
Tuesday’s arrest, however, probably will make headlines. According to an article published by Alfie Crow of Big Cat Country – the police report indicated a verbal dispute leading to a violent assault by Fowler. Allegedly, Fowler assaulted the victim, stomped the victim’s glasses, and proceeded to toss the victim’s groceries in a nearby lake.
Fowler played his first full season in 2016 – after missing his rookie campaign following a torn ACL during rookie minicamp. The former 3rd overall pick was active in all 16 games last season. He contributed 4 sacks, 23 total tackles, and 9 assisted tackles.
If Fowler misses time due to the results of his latest run in with the law, the Jaguars defense should still be in good shape. Fowler was 2nd in sacks and tied for 9th in total tackles. His play did begin to improve towards the latter part of the season. Fowler’s hit on Denver’s Devontae Booker in Week 13 showed he can lay the wood.
Yannick Ngakoue – who played opposite of Fowler – had stellar rookie season and set the Jaguars single season sack record by a rookie with 8, which was a team high. The addition of free agent Calais Campbell in the offseason should sure up the Jaguars defensive line if Fowler is forced to sit out a few Sundays this fall.
Myles Jack will see more playing time but will be more effective from a coverage standpoint as opposed to a difference maker in the pass rush.
Stats referenced at nfl.com
Crow, Alfie. “Jaguars Statement on Fowler Arrest.” Big Cat Country. Big Cat Country, 19 July 2017. Web. 19 July 2017.