Packers 2017 Recap: DL Dean Lowry
Dean Lowry followed up a promising rookie campaign with a solid second season.
- Appeared in 16 games with 11 starts (494 snaps on defense, 128 on special teams)
- 2 sacks, 18 solo tackles, one fumble recovered, one touchdown
Expectations going into the season: High
Expectations were: Met
It’s no secret that we’ve been a fan of Lowry since the beginning, and hopefully the end of his 2016 proves to be a promise of things to come. Lowry’s athletic gifts fit with the Packers well, and hopefully he can build on a solid, if limited, 2016 next season.
Analysis: Lowry finds his role as a consistent contributor
Lowry played more than 25 snaps in a game just once in 2016: a late-season trouncing of the Seattle Seahawks in which he notched his second sack in as many weeks. It was a brief flash of what he could become given consistent playing time.
In 2017, Lowry played 25 snaps or more in all but two of the Packers’ 16 games, and though big stats didn’t follow, he showed he belonged.
A versatile, athletic lineman, Lowry consistently showed up against the run and in the pass rush, finding his way into the backfield for pressures, though he only totaled two sacks. He also managed to collect a fumble and rumble 62 yards for a touchdown, the longest fumble recovery touchdown by a Packers player in a generation.
With Dom Capers now enjoying his retirement, perhaps Lowry will see a boost in his production under a more modern defensive coordinator.