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at Tampa Bay a homecoming — and an audition.Even though Fowler is an integral part of Jacksonville's vaunted defense Youth Cam Robinson Jersey , he will be on the field Thursday night against the Buccaneers. The reason: Fowler is suspended for the regular-season opener at the New York Giants, so the fourth-year defensive end will get a little more work before leaving the team for a week.Fowler welcomes the opportunity since he knows this is likely his final season in Jacksonville. He's essentially starting his 2019 free agency pitch six months early."Honestly my goal this year is really just to show people that I'm a franchise player," said Fowler, who grew up near Tampa in St. Petersburg. "I'm an elite player. I'm one of the top defensive ends, linebackers, whatever you want to call me, in this league."Fowler notched a career-high eight sacks last season, plus two more in the AFC championship game at New England. He averaged one sack for every 46.6 snaps played, better than Jaguars All-Pro defensive end Calais Campbell (55.2) and Pro Bowler Yannick Ngakoue (59.4).But Fowler's off-field issues combined with the franchise's belief Ngakoue is a budding star have made the fourth-year player expendable, especially since he's a backup in the final year of his rookie contract and sure to land a starting role elsewhere.Just not yet.The Jaguars want one more productive year from the third overall pick in the 2015 draft."It's not like I have to get double-digit sacks Black Donte Moncrief Jersey ," Fowler said. "When you watch me on film, even though I might be coming off the bench, they'll be like, 'That guy, he has a future.' That's all I want to do. I want to go out there and put great tape out there, being fundamentally sound, playing fast and physical, getting to the quarterback, being stout in the run game."I don't want to just be known as a pass-rusher. I want to be known as a guy that's going to get sacks and get 6-10 tackles a game. That's just the type of player I am. So, I just want people to know that I'm known as a complete player on the field and I'm a professional and I'm a guy that cleaned up his act and left that past in the past. I'm ready to move on from that."Fowler's troubles have been well documented.He was suspended for a week during training camp following an after-practice altercation with Ngakoue. He also was arrested twice in as many years Youth Telvin Smith Jersey , including in 2017 for hitting a 55-year-old man. Fowler eventually pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges. The case was closed in March, with Fowler sentenced to a year of probation and 75 hours of community service.The NFL suspended him without pay for the opener, a one-game penalty that will cost him $214,000.Fowler also was arrested in 2016, although those charges were eventually dropped.Coach Doug Marrone said Fowler has been a model player since returning from the one-week suspension."I have had no issues with him," Marrone said. "He has been doing a good job."Fowler insists he's matured through it all, ready to focus on football and his future. He wants to be "a teddy bear off the field but a monster on the field.""Just want to show people that the past, them three years, my rookie year coming in and all that, that learning experience is Logan Cooke Jersey , that chapter is over with and it's just about being a professional, being a grown man and just being the player that I want to be," he said. "How I want my legacy to be? That's honestly what it is. That's honestly what I want my goals to be this year."Jaguars vs. Jets final score: 8 Jacksonville players who stood out in 31-12 win The Jacksonville Jaguars just beat down the lowly New York Jets by a score of 31-12. It was a massive blowout that wasn’t as close as the box score indicates — even if the box score indicated a 19-point win by the Good Guys.Who stood out in the Week 4 matchup? Let’s see who made the list!1. Blake BortlesCredit where credit is due. Good Blake was in the stadium today and my God did this team need him. Leonard Fournette left with a hamstring injury in the second quarter along with Brandon Linder and although T.J. Yeldon was filling in well, if Blake wasn’t able to find receivers the Jets defense was going to clamp down on our running game. Blake had probably his most efficient game in his career — completing 77 percent of his passes, throwing for a career-high 388 yards, and had 10.2 yards per pass attempt. He completed passes to 10 different receivers and was mistake-free except for a tipped pass that led to an interception. He was masterful today and if he can keep this up there is no team in the NFL that can beat them.2. Dede WestbrookExcept for a fumble late in the game, Westbrook lived up to the draft day hype of a first round talent that fell due to off-the-field problems. He caught nine of 13 targets for 130 yards, including this beauty where he absolutely exposed Jamal Adams and the Jets secondary.Straight out of Madden.3. Donte MoncriefThe newly signed Moncrief caught all five targets thrown his way, including a beauty of a Bortles pass along the right sideline.It’s his first 100-yard game with the Jaguars.4. T.J. Yeldon100 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns. He filled in well partly because Blake was on fire today but also partly because, well Authentic Keelan Cole Jersey , he’s getting better. Leonard doesn’t have to rush back from his hamstring injury because Yeldon has shown himself to be a more-than-capable backup in two of the Jaguars’ three wins so far this season.5. Marcell DareusAlong with Calais Campbell, he was responsible for the first Jaguars safety since 2014.Three tackles on a day without a lot of tackles by this defense. He’s such a good rotational player and a perfect fit for Todd Wash’s scheme.6. Tashaun GipsonExcept for a needless taunting penalty, Gipson has played lights out through four games this season. The Jaguars are near the top of the league in terms of preventing big plays and Gipson’s presence at center field is a big reason why.7. Yannick NgakoueHe finally got his first sack of the season so now we can stop talking about it.Also, make sure to watch how Taven Bryan crushes the left guard and helps collapse the pocket on this play. A big reason Calais Campbell has played so well through the first quarter of the season is because of Bryan’s ability to spell him and still produce.8. Barry ChurchAlong with Gipson, Church has been playing at a Pro Bowl level. Today he had three tackles and a big sack on third down and several big stops in coverage.Honorable MentionLogan Cooke had three of his four punts downed inside the 20-yard line for a 46.3 punting average, but it was his punt downed at the two-yard line that made the safety possible by the Jaguars defense.
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