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Clowney makes big impact early

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The Texans perhaps should be glad no one was willing to pay the ransom for the pick that became Jadeveon Clowney.

The nation first took notice of Clowney, the first pick in the 2014 draft, when he nearly took the head off a Michigan running back on the first day of 2013.  Last week, he made a similar play in the Cardinals’ backfield (without the flying helmet).  It was the lone bright spot in Houston’s preseason opener.

On Saturday night in his home debut, Clowney provided a pair of early bright spots, in consecutive fashion.

First, he swept unblocked around the end on a delayed handoff, smothering Falcons running back Antone Smith in the backfield.  (Memo to offensive coordinators:  If you’re not going to block Clowney, don’t run a draw play.)

Then, on the next snap, the Falcons tried to block Clowney.  And they couldn’t.  He blasted through left tackle Sam Baker and sacked quarterback Matt Ryan.

Yes, it’s still the preseason.  But Clowney’s skills are jumping off the screen, displaying the kind of dominance that he showed at times in college.

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51 Responses to “Clowney makes big impact early”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 16, 2014 8:37 PM

    Nice, I like these warm and fuzzy stories.

  2. bobulated says: Aug 16, 2014 8:37 PM

    A rusty high school blocking sled from 1972 would be more effective at pass blocking than Sam “T-Rex Arms” Baker.
    The Falcons need to put that dumpster fire out and just move Matthews to LT.

  3. udub says: Aug 16, 2014 8:39 PM

    Newsflash: Most everyone in the NFL makes a ‘big impact’ when they aren’t blocked

  4. darienal says: Aug 16, 2014 8:42 PM

    Thought the sack was more impressive than the unblocked run in on the running back.

  5. tolan04 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:44 PM

    Key word at times

  6. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:44 PM

    Not really.

  7. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 16, 2014 8:45 PM

    All of his “big” plays are because of a blown assignment, aka not being blocked.

    Go figure.

  8. bostonbadass says: Aug 16, 2014 8:47 PM

    too bad this kid cant play quarter back…

  9. mdp44 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:48 PM

    Watching the game and those plays did put a smile on my face.

  10. rockybev35 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:00 PM

    Clowney looks legit!!!

  11. rockybev35 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:01 PM

    All the haters need to realize he was playing with all second stringers, including no Watt.

  12. mdp44 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:01 PM

    Part of not being blocked couldn’t possibly be because of his speed?

  13. jacobslatter says: Aug 16, 2014 9:05 PM

    Pro Bowl

  14. r8dernation says: Aug 16, 2014 9:05 PM

    The guy known for 1 play, is now the guy that’s known for 2 plays.

  15. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 16, 2014 9:18 PM

    Ok, I’m really starting to think that logicalvoice is also many other troll accounts. And their names are getting longer and more stupid.

  16. largent80100 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:20 PM

    Sam Baker got embarassed.

    Too bad you can’t win tons of games in Goodell’s NFL with Fitztragic.

  17. raymondtx says: Aug 16, 2014 9:20 PM

    Haters going hate. Clowney = 15 sacks this year minimum.

  18. rockybev35 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:23 PM

    Ev commenter talking smack wishes Clowney was on their team. Period.
    Let the season play out and let’s debate Every 2014 draft pick. This is the guy by far that will prove worthy of the hype. DROY.

  19. realfootballfan says: Aug 16, 2014 9:24 PM

    Guess he’s not lazy after all. Where are all those pundits who would take Khalil Mack over Clowny and wouldn’t blink? I didn’t even know Mack played last night, and he apparently was in well into the 3rd quarter against the future Wal-Mart stockers.

  20. tjacks7 says: Aug 16, 2014 9:30 PM

    displaying the kind of dominance that he showed that one time in college.

    ^fixed that last sentence.

  21. patriotsarespygaters says: Aug 16, 2014 9:37 PM

    all u idiot analysts how u feel now

  22. Big Ant TV says: Aug 16, 2014 9:45 PM

    poor andrew luck,blake bortles,chad henne,jake locker and the lsu qb mecklenburger
    the better he gets the more fear he will put in those guys

  23. joey49er says: Aug 16, 2014 9:46 PM

    49er fan here…. I was hoping to see this guy to be a bust!!. I was a clowney hater! But this guy looks legittttttt ….Texas he looks for real….. now u have jj watt and this guy …..woooow !!!! this d can be one of the best

  24. beanocook says: Aug 16, 2014 9:56 PM

    Every year a few nfl rookies completely dominate the NFL. It’s exciting. In no other pro sport do first year pros dominate like this.

  25. beanocook says: Aug 16, 2014 9:57 PM

    Only nfl fans that are casual football fans, you know the kind that sip bud light, eat Pizza Hut, think Clowney had 1 good play in college.

  26. chargrz says: Aug 16, 2014 10:08 PM

    Now he can take the rest off the year off.

  27. vancouversportsbro says: Aug 16, 2014 10:12 PM

    At the end of the day wins and losses are what count. Clowney may take the head off a guy once every so often but does he win games? Blake Bortles looks like the type that wins games. I can see in a few years the Texans kicking themselves in the foot and people talking about how they passed up on Bortles and let him go to their division rival. This is coming from someone who is a fan of the Texans.

  28. 20texans02 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:38 PM

    Clowney was considered a once in a decade type of player. Next two years will have many top qb prospects (baylor, florida st, penn state, Oregon, ucla, Mississippi st. Arizona st) just to mention a few.

  29. taintedsaints2009 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:39 PM

    Could be a nightmare for offensive tackles when they play the texans for many many years.

  30. paychrisjohnson28 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:48 PM

    Will Clowney make plays like that consistently is the question? Or will he take plays off despite his immense talent in 4 quarters of football?

  31. natelan says: Aug 16, 2014 10:51 PM

    So you’re saying Clowney > Mack?

    Please tell that to @Heretopissuoff

  32. toro81 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:00 PM

    We are Texans!! Woop woop

  33. gammynomnom says: Aug 16, 2014 11:02 PM

    Man I can’t believe that. And the Falcons O line was so dominant last year!

  34. bighat8 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:21 PM

    Regarding Clowney, any nfl team would have been wise to trade up even giving up every 2015 pick to Texans. The man ia a game changer. He’s gonna punish qb’s, offensive tackles, running backs, tight ends, and fullbacks. He will affect these players mentally, disrupt their game plan as well as get into opposing coaches heads and totally disrupt rythm. Texans secondary and JJ Watt will be huge beneficiaries. The man is a freak and will go down as the Nfl’s finest defensive player in history by the end of his career. Enjoy the show.

  35. 150bigdaddy says: Aug 16, 2014 11:31 PM

    on the field for 2 series without Watt and he rasied HELL.You can;t block this guy he is too damn fast.We picked the right guy,

  36. codythao35 says: Aug 17, 2014 12:33 AM

    Doesn’t matter how good their D is who’s afraid of the Texans. Those clowns should have picked Teddy Bridgewater instead if they wanna win Super Bowls.

  37. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 17, 2014 1:02 AM

    I’m a Clowny fan

  38. andreweac says: Aug 17, 2014 2:23 AM

    Dude is going to potentially be a once a generation type player.

  39. chargerdillon says: Aug 17, 2014 2:48 AM

    For the people trying to knock him saying it’s preseason, saying that he was unblocked on the hit on the running back…..one question

    Name another defensive player making as big of an impact on their team….

    Better yet name another defensive ROOKIE having that kind of impact on their team…

    Enough said, the kid looks like the beast we thought he was

  40. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 17, 2014 7:34 AM

    Wow Clowney 2 plays were beastly. So much for him taking plays off last year. Lol.

  41. terrybradshawisdead says: Aug 17, 2014 8:15 AM

    that wasn’t a “draw” it was supposed to be power /off-tackle trap (watch the PSG pull and BSG lead). Clowney wasn’t touched on the play, but it wasn’t because the Falcons weren’t trying

  42. steeltroll says: Aug 17, 2014 8:33 AM

    Ryan “shazam” Shazier, in a quarter and a half, had last night:
    1. 11 tackles (2 on ST)
    2. A pass defended.
    3. A pic and return for 27 yards.

    Holy moly. :-)

  43. iamdinguskhan says: Aug 17, 2014 9:41 AM

    Clowney seems to be a very good player…he will get testing week 1 against Trent Williams who is not Baker. Trent has made a living going against the likes of Ware, Cole, and JPP twice a year and earning 2 pro bowls in the process. Should be fun to watch

  44. dagator8888 says: Aug 17, 2014 11:07 AM

    This is a lot of ink for a guy that had 3 sacks his senior year in college. You know, the year he was auditioning for the NFL.

  45. paychrisjohnson28 says: Aug 17, 2014 11:13 AM

    A punter had more bench press reps of 225 lbs then Clowney did, and if you notice Clowney was hardly blocked by anyone….he will be double teamed in the regular season and become a non-factor…

  46. parhley says: Aug 17, 2014 11:32 AM

    God, its so unbelievable te amount of hate i see..just bc the majority if the nation doesnt pay attention to southcarolina football doesnt mean Clowney didnt dominate..to her things like he is famous for one play, its sounds stupid when he had already won SEC defensive player of the year, was the no.1 high school recruit before he ever touched a collge stadium..it just make it known that ppl that comment on here are only haters and waiting on a 21yr old to fail..south carolina is in this bia, and more to come from us..

  47. chargrz says: Aug 17, 2014 1:18 PM

    Does he play QB? Thought so.

  48. jkaflagg says: Aug 17, 2014 3:52 PM

    Nothing has really changed….he’s a great athlete and really flashes at times, especially when unblocked or facing mediocre OTs one-on-one. The real tests will be how he responds to double teams, good OTs, and the long grind of the NFL season. If he’s still making an impact after that, great; otherwise, perhaps we shouldn’t get that sculptor in Canton working on a Clowney bust quite yet…..

  49. scalfor3 says: Aug 17, 2014 5:22 PM

    He was unblocked because he was way too fast for the pulling guard to reach him.

    Don’t get the Clowney hate, or the people saying he should have been anything less than the #1 pick. The only question about him is whether he’s going to be a great player or merely a very good one.

  50. simonator917 says: Aug 17, 2014 5:55 PM

    As a kid growing up in L.A. when the Rams had Deacon Jones and Merlin Olson I look forward to seeing J.J. Watt and Clowney providing those same kinds of thrills. And to the guy who said that Clowney would always be double teamed and wind up being a non-factor, that is the very definition of “being a factor.” If they double on Clowney they leave Watt being blocked by only one lineman, if they double on both Watt and Clowney then they have one lineman to block both tackles and all the linebackers who try to penetrate.

    I’m not a Texans fan but I really look forward to seeing what this defense can do. And as we all saw last February, defense wins championships.

  51. beanocook says: Aug 17, 2014 10:33 PM

    I’m a huge clowney fan but he con only meet, never exceed LT. LT is tops all time

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