Cornerback McDougle Picks up Where he Left off
By Glenn Naughton
With just two days of Jets training camp in the books, it’s far too early to get excited over reports of player performance in non-contact drills as they’re getting comfortable in a new system under head coach Todd Bowles and his staff.
However, one name Jets fans should be happy to see standing out in that short time is second-year cornerback Dexter McDougle as he attempts to return from a torn ACL suffered during training camp last season.
A third-round selection out of the University of Maryland in 2014, McDougle was generating a fair amount of buzz in Cortland prior to the injury as he was believed to be working his way up to no. 2 on the depth chart ahead of Dimitri Patterson, Ellis Lankster, and Ras-I Dowling.
Now back and fully recovered, the 5′ 10”, 196 lb McDougle has already been spotted making plays in each of the first two days of his second pre-season camp. Following what was reportedly a strong play on a diving interception, McDougle had a near-interception and a “sack” on day two.
Though it was a dreadful throw by Bryce Petty, Dexter McDougle made a nice dive to pick off the ball. Strong play. #Jets
— Darryl Slater (@DarrylSlater) July 30, 2015
As most Jets fans know by now, before being drafted by Gang Green, McDougle had earned a reputation at Maryland as a tireless worker and great leader, so much so that the Terrapins named an award after the Virginia native.
With that being the case it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that McDougle was sprinting at full speed during offseason OTA’s following his injury, and that he’s once again off to a running start in the opening days of the 2015 season.