Jadeveon Clowney boosted by position coach saying he has Hall of Fame potential

AP

After injuries significantly hampered his first two seasons in the NFL, Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney finally had the type of year in 2016 that was anticipated when Houston made him the first overall pick in 2014.

Entering his fourth season, Clowney is now much more confident in his abilities. Nevertheless, Clowney received some additional encouragement from Texans’ defensive line coach Anthony Weaver, who told Clowney he has Hall of Fame potential.

I told him he can be a Hall of Famer,” Weaver said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “Now, there’s a number of things that have to happen. You’ve got to stay healthy, you have to be consistent and persistent. But he has all the qualities and athletic attributes in order to do that.”

Clowney was named to his first Pro Bowl after accumulating 52 tackles, six sacks and a forced fumble last year for the Texans. He managed to do so without J.J. Watt drawing double or triple teams for most of the season to make his life any easier either.

“It meant a lot to me,” Clowney said. “He sees the work I’ve put in from two years of being injured to the next year to the year after. All the guys around my team tell me to keep improving and keep getting better and come back for another great season this year.”

With Watt returning from injury, Clowney could be the biggest beneficiary. He could get more one-on-one matchups opposite of Watt and find his way into more sacks now that he’s healthy and has a full season of experience under his belt.

13 responses to “Jadeveon Clowney boosted by position coach saying he has Hall of Fame potential

  1. Glad that he’s healthy but any talk of the Hall after three years is just plain silly. Be great over the length of your career and then you can start throwing that around.

  2. He actually has more potential than most HOFers. If J.J. Watt stays healthy, older fans will be reminded of Deacon Jones and Merlin Olsen.

  3. way to set your player up for failure, I wonder would Bill Parcells ever say this about a player?

  4. No surprise here. Clowney was an All-American defensive end at USC but the geniuses in the NFL tried to make him an outside linebacker. Now that he’s back at defensive end, he’s as good as expected. That was on the coaches, not the player.

  5. I think its pretty clear at this point his career wont live up to his athletic potential, but hopefully will continue to contribute for several years at a high level when healthy.

  6. Still, could have had a QB – Not a DE who needs constant praise and adoration – that’s people don’t like you, Go earn it, potential is nothing without action

  7. According to some people he was going to be the greatest defensive lineman of all time. So, just being a Hall-of-Famer is a step below. He has a LONG way to go before he’s a HoF’er though.

  8. The guy was a beast last season, show why he was taken #1 in the draft and he was the key piece of the leagues #1 defense last season. The sky is the limit for Clowney if he continues to stay healthy and with the return of JJ Clowney could be one of the cornerstones of one of the leagues all time great defenses.

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