Dante Fowler Jr., who enjoyed his best season as a pro in 2017, is entering a contract year. The Jaguars elected not pick up his fifth year option earlier this summer, which will allow him to test the open market following the 2018 season, if he so chooses. While Fowler enters the most pivotal season of his career, there is some question about whether or not he will be ready to play when the Jaguars start training camp on July 26th.
Fowler missed OTAs and Mandatory Minicamp with an undisclosed injury - at this point in the offseason team's aren't required to share information about injuries - which has led to some speculation about his availability for the start of training camp.
Dante Fowler spoke to the media earlier this week and made it clear that he expects to be ready camp "All I know is on that first day of pads, I’m going to be ready to go".
But when his head coach Doug Marrone was asked about Dante's availability for the start of training camp his answer was much more vague. Marrone said "we'll just see . . . I can't answer that. Maybe Tad (the Jaguars Director of Public Relations) can get you that one . . . I expect him to be ready to go." While Marrone finished his statement by saying that he expects Fowler to be ready to go, the beginning of his answer certainly leaves the door open for Dante not being ready at the start of training camp.
While it's not clear when Fowler will be ready to go, one thing is crystal clear: for the Jaguars pass rush in 2018 and for Dante Fowler's financial future, the sooner he is able to get back to full speed the better.
Stay tuned for more!
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