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Jadeveon Clowney drawing double teams, and praise, in Houston

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts is hit by Jadeveon Clowney #90 of the Houston Texans and Benardrick McKinney #55 after throwing a pass in the fourth quarter at NRG Stadium on October 16, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) Getty Images

In his first two NFL seasons, Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was a bit of a disappointment as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. This year, things are different.

Clowney hit Andrew Luck twice, was in on a tackle behind the line of scrimmage, finished with three solo tackles and was all over the field as a constant threat to the Colts’ offense as the Texans won last night.

“I think Clowney just – I think he’s very disruptive,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said after the game. “I really think that he’s coming into his own. People ask me a lot about moving positions. He plays all over the front. If you really study the tape and you know what you’re looking at then you can see him in about four or five different positions. I think he’s a very active player. He loves to play the games. He wants to do well for his teammates. He’s really come into his own this year. He’s a very difficult guy to block.”

Clowney was finding himself double-teamed regularly by the Colts, but he said he enjoyed that because it was freeing up his teammates to make tackles.

“Other guys are making plays,” Clowney said. “That’s why we depend on all the guys – not just me. On this team, we’ve got a lot of playmakers, a lot of guys that are good players that came out here and played a good game today and finished.”

In the absence of J.J. Watt, Clowney is emerging as one of the keys on a Texans defense that is carrying Houston to the top of the AFC South.

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25 Responses to “Jadeveon Clowney drawing double teams, and praise, in Houston”
  1. cuda1234 says: Oct 17, 2016 6:13 AM

    Not hard to figure out. He was a star as a DE in college then the idiots who drafted him tried to make him a linebacker. Now that he’s back at DE he’s playing like a star again. This could have happened much sooner.

  2. RandyinRoxbury says: Oct 17, 2016 6:35 AM

    Clowney extremely overrated let’s be honest, another Colts meltdown.

  3. thelastwordyaheard says: Oct 17, 2016 7:40 AM

    Wait, how can this be? All the couch jockeys said he was a bust who only made one play in college.

  4. kayakattack says: Oct 17, 2016 8:02 AM

    Still think the Tincans would have rather drafted Teddy, Blake, David or Jimmy or heck Trevor Siemian!

  5. linemanguy74 says: Oct 17, 2016 8:25 AM

    Top of AFC South,i’m impressed !!!

  6. mazenblue says: Oct 17, 2016 8:42 AM

    Remember his best hit in college is when he went unblocked and the RB ran directly at him???? What a BEAST!!!

  7. dejadoh says: Oct 17, 2016 8:47 AM

    Let’s see. Watt gets triple teamed and no one knows Clowney is there. Now that Watt is out and Clowney gets double teamed this is news?

  8. kneedragr says: Oct 17, 2016 8:58 AM

    I was watching him for many snaps last night and he does have some sort of next level strength/explosiveness. The OT couldent handle him, they had the back or a TE doubling him almost every play and he was brushing them aside with uncanny strength. It reminded me of how Reggie White use to toss around 300lb men, really impressive.

  9. tgadler says: Oct 17, 2016 9:09 AM

    “Clowney extremely overrated. Let’s be honest, another Colts meltdown.”

    Clowney was leading the league in tackles for loss before last nights game. I’d say it’s more likely attributable to the fact that he is finally healthy and no longer playing out of position.

  10. dreadnok89 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:04 AM

    Lololol he has 23 tackles and 2 sacks and in a terrible division. It was funny watching the Vikings fullback making him look silly

  11. dreadnok89 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:05 AM

    Lolol this dude has 23 tackles and 2 sacks in a garbage division. It was funny watching the Vikings fullback smash him last week

  12. weepingjebus says: Oct 17, 2016 10:05 AM

    Dude, it’s the Colts. Luck gets sacked like 8 times a game. My wife went out to move the car last week and came back with 2.5 and a fumble recovery.

  13. bspurloc says: Oct 17, 2016 10:07 AM

    .
    till he gets injured again…

    I really dont understand it all.
    when JJ Watt was front center of the problem to staop why wasnt clowney getting sacks every play?
    where was he?

  14. tgadler says: Oct 17, 2016 10:33 AM

    “It was funny watching the Vikings fullback….”

    Do you mean the guy he pancaked, twice?

  15. liftheavyorliftheavy says: Oct 17, 2016 10:50 AM

    bspurloc says:
    Oct 17, 2016 10:07 AM

    .
    till he gets injured again…

    I really dont understand it all.
    when JJ Watt was front center of the problem to staop why wasnt clowney getting sacks every play?
    where was he?

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    You kind of answered your own [sarcastic] question. This is the first season Clowney has been 100% … it shows.

  16. commonsense1986 says: Oct 17, 2016 11:09 AM

    tgadler says:
    Oct 17, 2016 10:33 AM
    “It was funny watching the Vikings fullback….”

    Do you mean the guy he pancaked, twice?

    ______________________________________

    I barely remember him getting mentioned against the Vikings. With the beat up o-line they’re playing with he should have been back there every play. Yeah he caused issues once or twice, but I think the Texans are really missing Watt to take the focus off Clowney.

  17. tgadler says: Oct 17, 2016 11:27 AM

    Commonsense1986: They definitely miss Watt. Any team would. Clowney hasn’t recorded a ton of sacks this year. The Vikings, especially, got the ball out too quickly for him
    to be much of a factor on pass plays, but Clowney has been awesome against the run all year. He leads the league in tackles for loss and he blew up the Vikings backs for loss on run plays several times in that game. He’s a much better player than he was his first two years, probably because he’s finally healthy.

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 17, 2016 11:49 AM

    Clowney is leading the league in TFLs….

    Imagine how good this D could be if both Clowney AND JJ could be healthy at the same time….

  19. rodgray39 says: Oct 17, 2016 12:41 PM

    About time!! He should be the anchor of this defense for a long time!!

  20. mazenblue says: Oct 17, 2016 1:25 PM

    The double teams on Clowny would be nonexistent if Watt was there. #FACTS Anything else is a false opinion

  21. factschecker says: Oct 17, 2016 1:43 PM

    I barely remember him getting mentioned against the Vikings.
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    Clowney had 7 solo tackles 1 ast 4 TFL for -9 yards vs Minnesota.

    That’s a heck of a game. Seems like you just were not paying any attention.

  22. htown1035 says: Oct 17, 2016 1:49 PM

    cuda1234 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 6:13 AM

    Not hard to figure out. He was a star as a DE in college then the idiots who drafted him tried to make him a linebacker. Now that he’s back at DE he’s playing like a star again. This could have happened much sooner.
    ————————————————–
    Except you haven’t figured it out – he was a star as a 4-3 DE, and when he came in they made him a 3-4 OLB which pretty much does the same thing. Now he’s playing the same position as Watt – 3-4 DE which is totally different, and he’s thriving.

  23. htown1035 says: Oct 17, 2016 1:51 PM

    commonsense1986 says:
    Oct 17, 2016 11:09 AM

    tgadler says:
    Oct 17, 2016 10:33 AM
    “It was funny watching the Vikings fullback….”

    Do you mean the guy he pancaked, twice?

    ______________________________________

    I barely remember him getting mentioned against the Vikings. With the beat up o-line they’re playing with he should have been back there every play. Yeah he caused issues once or twice, but I think the Texans are really missing Watt to take the focus off Clowney.
    ———————————————————

    You either didn’t watch the game or are a Vikings fan. He had 4 TFL’s and stopped the run all game long, and Vikings fans kept saying their “beat up o-line” was actually playing better than the starters – so which is it?

  24. mkuske says: Oct 17, 2016 5:35 PM

    DE’s job in a 3-4 is to engage double teams to free up the LBs. He’s not really doing anything special there.

    He did have a great game vs Minnesota. This one was good, not great. Let’s not get “good” and “great” mixed up.

  25. bluenose1965 says: Oct 17, 2016 10:58 PM

    He’s a popular target for the pft trolls. He’s having a very good year and causing offensive lines big problems. If you know anything about football that would be obvious.

    But feel free to show your ignorance….

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