Dante Fowler Jr
We have no idea which Dante Fowler the Atlanta Falcons are getting in 2020. Will they get the 2019 version that had 11.5 sacks or will they get the draft bust that the Jaguars were happy to trade to the Rams?
The Atlanta Falcons are obviously hoping that they get the 2019 version and that playing next to another dominant defensive tackle like he had in LA will help facilitate that success.
Fowler was brought in here to help resurrect a Falcons defensive line that has not produced much of anything over the last decade. He was brought in to help the Falcons defense get to 40 sacks for the first time since 2004 and to help take some pressure off of Grady Jarrett on the defensive line. As disruptive as Jarrett is, he has not gotten many opportunities to face anything less than a double team because opposing teams haven’t had to focus on anyone else.
If Fowler decides to opt-out in 2020, it would be no different than if Ryan, Julio, Jarrett, Mack or Deion Jones, the Falcons would be unable to replace him and it would leave a huge void on the defense and would be a big hole in the scheme that Morris has planned for 2020.
Of course, these guys are human like the rest of us and it is understandable should they decide to opt-out but from a football standpoint, it would leave the Falcons in a world of hurt for 2020.