Dante Fowler Jr.
Dante Fowler Jr.
24-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Los Angeles Rams
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Fowler is coming off somewhat of a breakout season in which he recorded eight sacks and two forced fumbles, but only totaled 21 tackles as he played less than 45 percent of the team's defensive snaps. It was an "eventful" offseason for the 23-year-old, as the Jaguars declined his fifth-year option for the 2019 season. He also received a one-game suspension due to a string of off-field incidents from last year. Fowler took a step up in his second season (he missed what would have been his rookie season in 2015 with a torn ACL), but may end up with a similar role in 2018 due to Jacksonville's elite defensive front returning in its entirety. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $14 million contract with the Rams in March of 2019.
Gets $14 million for one year
LBLos Angeles Rams
March 11, 2019
Fowler is signing a one-year, $14 million contract to stay with the Rams, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Odd as it may seem for a 24-year-old pass rusher to accept a one-year contract, the deal makes sense for Fowler if he's confident in his development. He would've been a second- or third-tier pass rusher in the upcoming free-agent class, following a 2018 campaign in which he had 30 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles in 15 regular-season games between Jacksonville and Los Angeles. Given his age and draft status (No. 3 overall in 2015), Fowler is one big season away from landing a long-term deal north of $15 million per year. He's apparently confident that will happen, while the Rams hope to capitalize on his extra motivation even if they don't end up keeping him beyond 2019.
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Measurables Review
How do Dante Fowler Jr.'s measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 3"
255 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.60 sec
Shuttle Time
4.32 sec
Cone Drill
7.40 sec
Vertical Jump
32.5 in
Broad Jump
112 in
Bench Press
19 reps
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
A torn ACL robbed Fowler of what would have been his rookie year in 2015, but he returned and played in all 16 games last season. Even after the injury, it's fair to say the Jaguars expected more out of the former No. 3 overall pick, as Fowler recorded only 4.0 sacks and 32 tackles for a defense that consistently failed to pressure the quarterback and generate turnovers. Expectations are high for Jacksonville's defensive line following the addition of Calais Campbell and Fowler will need to improve to avoid being mentioned in the same breath as the Jaguars' recent defensive end draft busts.
The No. 3 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft missed all of last season after tearing his ACL on the first day of rookie minicamp last May. By all accounts, the Florida product was back at full speed in OTAs, and he’ll open the year as a starting edge rusher for a defense that finished only a hair outside the bottom 10 in the league in sacks last season.
The Jaguars made the Florida product the third overall pick in the 2015 draft, adding more talent to a defense that finished sixth in the NFL in sacks last season. However, on the first day of rookie minicamp in May, Fowler went down with a torn ACL, and he's expected to miss the entire 2015 season.
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Re-signing with Los Angeles
LBLos Angeles Rams
March 10, 2019
Fowler agreed to re-sign with the Rams on Sunday, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.
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Set to test open market
LBLos Angeles Rams
March 5, 2019
Fowler didn't receive a franchise tag from the Rams prior to Tuesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Strong performance Sunday
LBLos Angeles Rams
December 4, 2018
Fowler posted five tackles (all solo) and a sack in Sunday's 30-16 win over the Lions.
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Monster performance Sunday
LBLos Angeles Rams
November 13, 2018
Fowler recorded three tackles (two solo), a sack and a forced fumble, which he recovered, across 49 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Seahawks.
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Sees extended action Sunday
LBLos Angeles Rams
November 5, 2018
Fowler recorded one tackle and defensed a pass while playing 44 snaps in Sunday's loss to New Orleans, Rich Hammond of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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