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Jaguars defensive coordinator says Dante Fowler has matured

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JUNE 02: Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (56) runs through a drill during team OTA workouts at the Jaguars Practice Facility on June 2, 2017 in Jacksonville, Fl. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire)
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Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash says that second-year defensive end Dante Fowler has matured a lot, according to Mike Kaye of First Coast News.

Fowler disappointed the Jaguars’ coaching staff last year by racking up a lot of penalties.

Now, Fowler looks like a different guy.

“Dante has matured a lot,” said Wash. “You [saw] him a little more and more as the season went on last year. He is more focused on the little details. He is definitely here early in the building a lot more. You just see a young man mature, which is really good to see because he is a good football player.”

Wash feels that Fowler’s learning curve is beginning to progress.

“There are a lot of young players that it takes a little longer to mature and we see those strides with Dante,” said Wash.

Most notably, Wash sees improvement in Fowler’s ability to rush the passer.

“We see a lot of improvement in the pass rush side of things,” he said. “Obviously we’re not coming speed to power. Everything is speed-based right now. You see improvement in his hands, his get-off. A lot of it was, [defensive line coach Marion Hobby] had to fix his stance. He has concentrated a lot on that and you see the explosion and burst that we’re looking for.”

The 22-year-old Fowler, who played his college football at the University of Florida, recorded just 32 tackles and four sacks during his rookie campaign.

Jacksonville selected Fowler with the third overall pick of the 2015 NFL Draft.

He missed the entire 2015 season due to an ACL injury.

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